Snuff Hardcover – May 20 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
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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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.
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.