Invisible Monsters

Invisible Monsters
By Chuck Palahniuk
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book 63/100 Pages 297

Chuck Palaniuk is the author of Fight Club, Choke, Survivor, and Invisible Monsters. Invisible Monsters is a car crash. A car crash in that it is gruesome, engrossing, and you cannot take your eyes off of it. This is one of those books that the less you know about the plot the better, so avoid going on Goodreads or Wikipedia and reading plot details. As far as the plot all I will tell you is that it is about the characterization of beauty, how we look at it, who values it, and how far people will go for it.

If you can try to get the original version of the novel, it will have you jumping around the book from chapter 10 to chapter 41 and so on. Arguably it could be characterized as a gimmick but it works well with this book. In the book introduction, Palahniuk indicates the book will be non-linear in the introduction. The narrative itself jumps around quite a bit unraveling at every turn as you are reading and then the last few chapters everything collapses together quite nicely.

This book is very similar to Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis (I believe they were published the same year or a year apart) and the movie The Neon Demon by Nicholas Winding Refn (also directed Drive, Bronson, and Only God Forgives). It is an absolutely wild ride, while others would view it as a beautiful piece of nihilistic art and others might look for the nearest trash bin to throw up their lunch into.

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