When I first read the news about a remix to the original, 1999 edition coming out this summer, I was skeptical. Remix to the novel that already was good enough to shake person's mind and make wonder if anything is real? It seemed to be hardly possible. Still, I had to get the book and experience it all once again. This resulted in partial isolation from the world and drinking more coffee than usual.
So, everyone interested in Palahniuk's art, knows the plot: a celebrated fashion model gets shot in the face, survives but loses her lower jaw and re-creates herself, simultaneously discovering shocking secrets of her past that influence present and become a reason for the future. More interesting part is the structure of the novel - all chapters are numbered, but plotline is far beyond the linear order. In the end of each chapter, there's a note like, "Please jump to Chapter...".That was quite interesting, and some of the chapters were even printed backwards to be read through the mirror. The author also advises to mark pages in some way to make sure you went through them all. I was going to do so, but then decided to actually keep a log of chapter sequence instead. Turned out, there was Chapter 41 after preview, and I listed it as a Chapter 1, then there was Chapter 1, which I marked as 2, and so on.
The most interesting is Chapter 31 (21), which reads: "The End". Obviously, that was not the end at all. My log was challenged and I knew there was something missing, something that makes the novel a remix besides its structure. So I went back to my list to find out that chapters 3, 9, 13, 16, 18, 25, 27, 30, 36 and 42 weren't mentioned anywhere before, and I started reading from there. Sometimes, those numbers would go in loops, heading back to the previous chapter, but if you really feel the mood of the novel, you can always find your way. It was delightful to see Chapter 42 being the actual Chapter 42.
Those last chapters were truly new and exciting. The novel ended and the other story began. Story so personal and genuine,, that you can clearly hear author's voice and feel his emotions in the process of writing. Very good ending. As always, strong characters.