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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; REPR edition (Sept. 14 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400032814
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400032815
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 14.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Walker on March 19 2006
Format: Paperback
This is my second Chuck Palahniuk book - and it certainly won't be my last. I first read "Survivor" and couldn't stop at just one! Chuck Palahniuk is by far one of the most original and engaging writers I have come across. He'll leave you guessing and wondering until the end; he ensures a good page turner. In addition, he seems extremely intelligent. You can tell he knows what he's talking about in his books. His details are clear and his writing style is unique, but very good. Days after I'm still reciting lines from "Diary" in my head... it gets stuck!
Do yourself a favor and read some Chuck.
Also very highly recommended: KATZENJAMMER by Jackson McCrae and RUNNING WITH SCISSORS by Burroughs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JR Pinto on Sept. 17 2003
Format: Hardcover
"I loved you a lot more when you were dead." This is what a mother tells her daughter in Diary. It is completely in keeping with Mr. Palahniuk's tone which is dark, with occasional flurries of pessimism.
Diary continues in the tradition of Lullaby - novels that are surreal and could be shelved in the "horror" section. An important bit of information to know is that the format of this book is a "coma diary" written by a woman to her husband. It is NOT a book written in the second-person, despite the liberal use of the word "you."
The book starts like all of Mr. Palahniuk's books do, with plenty of interesting trivia. In this case it's about art history, human anatomy, and graphology. I won't go into to the plot of the novel - which is impossible to describe - but it fits into the category of "one sane person in a town full of crazies."
The best part about reading a Palahniuk novel isn't the story, but all the interesting asides and digressions along the way. There are plenty of them here to keep the reader interested. (BTW, look underneath the dust cover).
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I really enjoyed this book. Chuck Palahniuk's protagonist Misty writes in a diary to her comatose husband Peter, detailing their lives and the current happenings on Waytansea Island in case he comes around.

Peter's coma is the result of a failed suicide attempt. While he is in the coma Misty learns of hidden rooms in the homes he has recently renovated. Each of the rooms is covered with graffiti of Peter's anger and warnings to the inhabitants. She is called to each home and threatened with lawsuits by the owners. At the first of these occurrences Misty meets a fellow named Angel who seems to take an interest in the graffiti and ensconcing himself into Misty's life.

Soon strange things begin to happen to Misty, she begins having horrible headaches and finds herself in a trance-like state with the only thought in her mind being painting. She is pushed by her mother-in-law, daughter and the residents of the island to paint every time she is in their presence. She is compelled to pick up her paintbrushes and spends weeks locked in an attic room of the Island's historic hotel painting with such a fervour she forgoes eating and wears a catheter so she won't have to leave her work. Once she is done she has created 100 paintings that are all part of a large painting she has never seen that is to be revealed in an exhibit for the summer people which flock to the island.

With the help of Angel, Misty uncovers a tradition to replenish Waytansea's wealth by bringing a female artist destined for greatness to the island by marriage to one of their sons. The son gives his life as a sacrifice which is the catalyst for the process to begin.
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Format: Paperback
Diary is an incredibly entertaining, yet morbid, novel to read. I was pulled in right away and didn't put the novel down until I was finished with it, the way I was when I read Jackson McCrae's "Katzenjammer" with its Palahniuk-like themes and great writing style. Leaving his usual urban theme, Palahniuk gives us a whole new world to explore with his macabre vision. Definitely recommended. Compared to other books by Palahniuk, this one did not really have those unexpected twists where you had to put the book down and think everything you've read over; but it had some amazing analysis of human nature and life in general, and the things we do. Read this book and see how much of your own diary is written on your hands and face.
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Format: Hardcover
At first I was eager to read Diary, so when I got the chance, I was HUGELY disappointed. Diary is about a woman named Misty who is a artist, and who draws houses and people who see her work, they tell her that is their house. Then she get's calls about how their kitchen is missing, and how their closets are missing. Very strange. The book just keeps on more disappointing and more DISAPPOINTING! With the constant dialogue, I just more and more disquisted with this novel.
The reason I gave the book 2 stars because personally have read all of Palahniuk's work, this was not his best effort. If you want to read someone good by Palahniuk, then read Fight Club or even his travel book Fugitives and Refugges. Sorry Chuck, this book was not for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brandon L. Rush on May 6 2004
Format: Hardcover
I just finished "Diary" today, and I must say that I really enjoyed it. This is perhaps his best work since Invisible Monsters. I was a bit skeptical at first, after being dissapointed with Lullaby. This book is a bit different, but in many ways it is still trademark Chuck.
The story starts off being a dark comedy, with tragic reflections on inspiration, art and hope dried up. Art is the focus of the main character, and clearly, Chuck has done his homework. As an artist, I found Chuck's statements about art to be laugh out loud funny, insightful, cynical, and well...downright realistic. There are few likeable characters in this book, aside from the main character (who is only likeable in that readers will feel sorry for her and be rooting for her to overcome circumstances), who is the "author" of the diary. As you dig deeper into Diary, you will find that these unlikeable characters are downright evil, as the story cascades into a bizarre, twisted, and frightening close.
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