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Snuff [Hardcover]

Chuck Palahniuk
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

May 20 2008
“Six hundred dudes. One porn queen. A world record for the ages. A must-have movie for every discerning collector of things erotic.”

Cassie Wright, porn priestess, intends to cap her legendary career by breaking the world record for serial fornication. On camera. With six hundred men. Snuff unfolds from the perspectives of Mr. 72, Mr. 137, and Mr. 600, who await their turn on camera in a very crowded green room. This wild, lethally funny, and thoroughly researched novel brings the huge yet underacknowledged presence of pornography in contemporary life into the realm of literary fiction at last. Who else but Chuck Palahniuk would dare do such a thing? Who else could do it so well, so unflinchingly, and with such an incendiary (you might say) climax?

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Palahniuk delivers another entertaining and cynical social commentary on American materialism and gluttony. In her final pornographic performance, Cassie Wright has decided to be on the receiving end of a 600-man gangbang. Neither Cassie nor the men waiting for their chance with her expect her to survive. But some of the men have very different ideas about what this encounter will mean for them in their personal and professional lives. Todd McLaren does an excellent job voicing the many different first-person accounts. Whether reading the accounts of Cassie's assistant, an aging stud or the Cassie's presumptive abandoned son, McLaren finds a complementary voice for each and keeps them consistent throughout. Given the raunchy discussions of sex and the sinister elements that are often associated with the porn industry, McLaren's gritty voice adds the needed edge to this seedy but interesting novel. A Doubleday hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 11). (May)
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“Often biting, often hilarious, often awful, but always compelling . . . It’s ludicrous, of course, but that’s the point.”
Los Angeles Times

“An absurd dark comedy about damaged people.”
The Seattle Times

“In Snuff, [Palahniuk] does a masterful job of putting all of our excesses, phobias, and neuroses on full display.”
San Francisco Chronicle

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4.0 out of 5 stars I Needed a Shower Nov. 8 2013
By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Chuck is a premise machine. The primary scenario that drives each of his works are always bold. He mines the underbelly of our behaviours and society. Who else would choose a porn movie where the female lead is going for the record of pleasing 600 men on camera? He spins the tale through the eyes of five characters delightful assigning the male characters numbers based on their order in the movie. As always his work is raunchy and unapologetic. His point is the world can be gross, disturbing and uncomfortable.

In Snuff he introduces us to some very sordid characters but still manages to imbue them with a strange humanity. Their world may not be ours but it makes some weird sense. His style is abrupt, clipped but wonderfully descriptive. It is almost a stream of consciousness. My favourite part concerned the female porn star and her rationalizations. Much of this compared her actions to how true movie actors suffered for their profession and careers. This involved a bunch of Hollywood trivia that was wildly entertaining. While the novel ended with some hard truths and noble sword play (all pun intended) I still needed a shower to remove some of the repellant residue liberally sprayed on the pages.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Chuck's pendulum swings. Sept. 30 2008
I am a big fan of Chuck. I think his non fiction is outstanding (see Stranger Than Fiction) and the majority of his fiction is breakthrough and astounding. Chuck is a pendulum though and while many of his books will be classics in a generation or so, this is not one of them. This book is a poorly executed, shocking idea that, in the end, seems to exist for no other reason than for the press and attention that is inherent when a popular writer takes on a sensitive subject. It could have been more insightful. It could have been more probing. It could have been more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chuck, Now on porn. Dec 30 2009
To enjoy snuff you have to be a fan of movies. Knowing the movie industry at least superficially you get the feeling that the point of snuff is to point out that all actors do horrible things to themselves, that the only difference between Star and Porn Star is the amount of on screen nudity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hilarious World of Porn According To Chuck March 6 2010
A darkly comic tale about porn and its stars. One of Palahniuk`s best to date.
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I honestly find myself at a loss for words having just completed Snuff.

From someone so brilliant to have written the likes of Survivor and Fight Club, comes.. well, this.

This book reads like a Wikipedia article collection, written by thirteen year old boys still searching for the perfect way to describe someone who masturbates. The incessant factoids about porn, Marilyn Monroe, condoms, the gay community, and cyanide could possibly the the most boring, ineffectual and downright idiotic thing I've read in my entire life.

The description is enticing, but this book downright fails to deliver. Chuck insists on creating as many stupid porn titles as he possibly can, sounding like a rehersal for a Saturday Night Live skit before airing, minus any of the humour. The first couple gain a small chuckle, the rest leave you shaking your head. If I had to read one more name for someone who masturbates, I would have thrown the book across the room - had the hardcover novella deceptively marketed as a full novel not cost an arm and a leg.

The plot is unremarkable in every way, the characters utterly unlikeable and unrelatable. Words are repeated, and I feel sorry for whoever edited this 'work' - they're likely out of a job, from all the akward sentences.

You could see the ending of this novel - minus a small 'twist' in the form of the reality in which the two characters will now have to live - coming from a mile away, though they drag it out through disjointed style that forces you to pick it all apart.

If I have anything positive at all to say about this work - the cover is intriguing. Brings back the Linda Lovelace train of thought.

Here's to hoping Palahniuk delivers something worth reading sooner than later.
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