I'm going to compare
this book to his other work. I know everyone hates that, that's why I put a warning up here.
Highly underrated book
by Chuck Palahniuk
. I very much enjoyed Fight Club
, and I personally thought the movie
was every bit as good as the book. I even liked the slight modifications
near the end. Many people say this is his weakest novel
, but I think I could almost say it's his strongest. It's not quite as entertaining and captivating as Fight Club
(Many will disagree with me on this next part), but I thought it was far better than the mediocore
, interesting but ultimately unsatisfying Survivor
. I thought that book was interesting, but it almost felt like a chore
to read through it - that's another node
is, simply put, rad
. The characters are outstanding - yes, the protagonist
and Brandy Alexander
have Jack the narrator
/ Tyler Durden
similarities, but it's not so bad (at times I felt Fertility
in Survivor was disturbingly derivative
in Fight Club
.) The characters in this book, as "out-there" as they may be, are very quirky and fascinating. You end up liking all of them a bit, something that Palahniuk
's other books didn't seem to achieve as well. The story is very oddly structured
, but it's actually surprisingly well put together and is finally tied together skillfully.
Another thing this book is, is funny
. Like Fight Club
, some of its jabs are very clever and will incite a snicker
or two, but it also has a quality that's different from Fight Club
and especially Survivor
: it's not quite so cynical. With Fight Club
, cynicism was used carefully and to good effect; with Survivior
it often felt heavy-handed and overwhelming - not very funny. This book will make you laugh. It is often very dark humor
, but it still comes across as happier and more enjoyable a lot of the time. Also, as stated above, there are some excellent one-liners
. I think this book definitely has some of Palahinuk's best.
To close, this is a great read
and highly recommended
. Similar yet beautifully different from the breakthrouh Fight Club, and far superior to the lacking Survivor, Invisible Monsters
is a super book by a very interesting author.
A final note: I did not know that this book predates Fight Club, that's something I find very interesting . . .