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Grizzly Weinstein
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April 2009
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Grizzly Weinstein [userpic]
Chuck Palahniuk

I have recently read Chuck P's (I am not retyping that last name again) book 'Choke'. For those who don't know this is the guy who wrote 'Fight Club'. 'Choke' was great and I will review it sometime.

I just started reading his book 'Haunted'. I don't think I have ever had such an experience. I was just into the first 'story' in the meta-story - Guts, by Saint Gut-Free. I was wincing at the beginning but worked my way through that part. I put it down before the end, 20 minutes ago and I am still cringing (actually shaking slightly and feeling queasy). From what I understand the stories get worse as the book goes on. This was only the first, and I don't know if I can bring myself to finish even this part!

Current Location: Work
Current Mood: Slightly Ill
Comments

so do you recommend this stuff or not?
I'm not sure what you're saying here
:)
if it's making YOU wince I can only imagine what it would do to me.....

:)

Recommendation

I highly recommend choke, it was a brialliant book.

Choke made me feel sordid. I wanted to put the book down after the third page, but the writing was too strong and the character too compelling. I thought it was a really well-written book, but kind of wish I had never read it at all.

Well...

He did tell you to do something else rather than read this book about a stupid little boy.

I didn't feel sordid by the end. I think the key to the book was:
(sorry quoting from memory)
Denny said, "You know, somedays I want to live a life definied by doing good things, not just a life defined by not doing bad things".

When the beautiful (but false) gifts that Victor gave to all these are returned to him (again misquoting - "they all came with rocks made of fancy meterials, pink-granite, Itialian-marble, obsidian") they just fell apart with their lack of substance.

Even Victor's diagnosis, his attempt at god-hood, and his taking on the sins of others, were not positive until he stopped living a life of negatives. You can't skip steps.

I couldn't get through the first part of Haunted, and I never picked it up again. I liked Diary very much, though.