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You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.If I told you that Invisible Monsters was supposed to be Chuck Palahniuk s first novel, before Fight Club were to ever happen, but was rejected by publishers for being too disturbing, would you believe me Countless people have found themselves falling head over heals in love with this novel to the point of calling it Palahniuk s best work of fiction and their own favourite book of all time While Fight Club became a world wide classic piece of literature and one of the most critically acclaimed masterpiece in cinema, Invisible Monsters has all the ingredients necessary to blow your minds away just as effortlessly The story is told by an unnamed narrator who s had a freak accident on the highway that left her face horribly disfigured goodbye jaw Once a fashion model that caught the eye of every individual that crossed paths with her, now she struggles to be seen and loses sight of her own purpose in life It s upon meeting Brandy Alexander, also known as the Queen Supreme, a woman who undergoessurgeries than you could count on your fingers to become the most beautiful woman alive, that the narrator learns some of the most valuable lessons regarding identity and love Invisible Monsters is not your ordinary novel It is one of the most artistic and unorthodox work of fiction that you ll ever come across in a sea of books.Invisible Monsters is a chef d oeuvre It s impossible to exit the stage without feeling completely overwhelmed by the story that was smacked into you This is without a doubt the most f ked up story I ve ever read Pardon my language, but there s no better way to describe this book May you be warned that the plot twists are uncountable and unforeseeable As soon as you think that the biggest surprise was conveyed, expect to be struck by a shower of thunderous twists that are not only there to mess with your thoughts, but to convey a subtle, but strong message Whether it is a desire to showcase the insanity of excess or the consumption of passion, Chuck Palahniuk invites you on a journey that one would never have thought possible There s very strong humor that borders satire throughout the whole story that leaves a very satisfied impression until the very end Invisible Monsters can also easily be classified as a transgressive fiction that touches upon a grand array of themes, from love self and others , identity, attention, beauty and sexuality With characters that defy conventionality to lay out the pieces to a self indulged in freedom, Invisible Monsters is a true artistic creation of visceral and unshackled creativity.Nothing is what it seems It s where you ll find beauty with this book It has such an aggressively deceptive writing, you sometimes feel so immersed that you just can t help but focus on what is told instead of looking wider, and sometimes even behind, to see the truck coming The plot devices used by Chuck Palahniuk in this book are also some of the most original and truly fitting aspects One of the recurring devices used throughout the book is when the narrator pretends to be in a photo shoot and the text looks like this Give me attention Flash Give me adoration Flash I truly enjoyed these little bits that occur randomly and unexpectedly They not only remind of us about the narrators past before the tragic event but also adds this humouristic touch to the whole narrative Further, to heighten the brilliance in the writing, repetition is scattered throughout the novel in a cleverly fashion While it is easy to find yourself annoyed by the writing, I found myself pleased and immensely intrigued by the direction and decisions I ve never known Chuck Palahniuk to stick with a shtick, but to rather experiment and explore, and that s what I got from Invisible Monsters It is a novel that struck me with originality and with the never before seen.Another element which I thought was less evident since Chuck Palahniuk had to settle with a revised edition of this book is how the story does not possess a classic sequential structure No, no, no Invisible Monsters has a continuity intertwined within multiple pasts As you read, the narrator says Jump to when to put you in a completely different moment in the life of a character This is something that Chuck Palahniuk wants you to embrace and get used to as life is never about the predictable but always about the unexpected and sudden moments Quickly you ll realize that even with such a choppy progression, you ll still be able to feel a certain temporal continuity The best part is how parts and segments feel so irrelevant when taken in at face value, but later become hints and clues, only to become irrefutably pertinent The flashback scenes also give us glimpse into the character s own life and offers us the opportunity to contrast the past with the present A huge deal of character development is easily observable through this particular style of narration After all, a protagonist that had everything going for her until a tragic event shifted her life onto a downhill slope is a protagonist that is bound to rethink some of the most fundamental elements of her life That s where the Queen Supreme serves as an enabler and a model to what is to come.As I hinted earlier, this revised edition that was released after initially being rejected by publishers is not how Chuck Palahniuk intended his story to be A muchsophisticated edition was later released under the name of Invisible Monsters Remix Remember when I said the narrator would make you jump from one moment in time to another Well, Invisible Monsters Remix pushes the idea even further and shuffles these sections of the story and adds Turn to page This muchcumbersome structure makes sure to remind you that this book is supposed to be read like a fashion magazine with the most random images and advertisements popping out the blue While I haven t tried this version of the book yet, I am truly curious to what the reading experience would be like, especially with the number of insane twists that are sprinkled throughout this book I hear there are even hidden chapters that aren t part of the sequence that are written upside down, as in, you d need a mirror to read it.Invisible Monsters remains one of Chuck Palahniuk s greatest books It tackles conventions related to beauty and love in a unique and brilliant fashion It is filled with plot twists enough to rattle you to the core, and even drown you in awe If you re feeling adventurous and are curious about where you could find your next alarming, messed up and disturbing story, need look no further.Give me unique.Flash.Give me unpredictable.Flash.Give me a masterpiece, baby.Flash.Jump to Invisible Monsters.Yours truly,Lashaan Blogger and Book ReviewerOfficial blog a chef d oeuvre This was one hell of a fucked up story by Chuck Palahniuk The writing is ingenious and the use of multiple timelines to tell a deceptive story was brilliant This book contains so much controversy and raises so many questions on attention, beauty, identity and love self and others The best part of all this are the plot twists You think the first one would be enough, but Palahniuk ruthlessly throws you an avalanche of plot twists that never ceases to amaze you By the end, every dot is connected and the messages are delivered with a bang What a book P.S Full review to comeYours truly,Lashaan Blogger and Book ReviewerOfficial blog I m too old for this stuff Shocking doesn t do it for me alone, and he works SO VERY HARD at being vulgar and violent and crass Don t get me wrong those are three things that can make for a great story But it was so unrelenting and contrived, and not as funny as it was supposed to be There were some clever turns of phrase, and it wasn t entirely unenjoyable, but I was not really impressed. She S A Catwalk Model Who Has Everything A Boyfriend, A Career, A Loyal Best Friend But When A Sudden Motor Accident Leaves Her Disfigured And Incapable Of Speech, She Goes From Being The Beautiful Centre Of Attention To Being An Invisible Monster, So Hideous That No One Will Acknowledge She ExistsEnter Brandy Alexander, Queen Supreme, One Operation Away From Being A Real Woman, Who Will Teach Her That Reinventing Yourself Means Erasing Your Past And Making Up Something Better, And That Salvation Hides In The Last Place You Ll Ever Want To LookThe Narrator Must Exact Revenge Upon Evie, Her Best Friend And Fellow Model Kidnap Manus, Her Two Timing Ex Boyfriend And Hit The Road With Brandy In Search Of A Brand New Past, Present And Future I have a theory about Chuck Palahniuk books.If somebody is starting to read Chuck Palahniuk for the first timethe first book they read of his will always be their favorite I have found that to be the case with many people I really enjoyed Invisible Monsters and it was the first Chuck Palahniuk book I read It was such a new approach to writing that I had never seen before, and I found myself really engrossed and moved by the now usual Palahniuk twisty ending It was such a shocking book to me that I loved every page of it Of course, since, I have read Chuck Palahniuk books that I could consider to be better, but the initial shock of this book on me has kept it the one I ve liked the most A lot of people I have talked to really don t like this book of Palahniuk s, but I think that is probably because they didn t read it first. Jump to me reviewing Palahniuk s Invisible Monsters If mindfuck was a genre, this would be one of its most characteristic works Palahniuk states at the introduction that it won t be linear, the story won t be in the form of and then and then and then So what he does is at the end of each chapter he tells you to please, jump to this or that chapter It was a first for me having only a vague idea of my progress in a book.As for the plot, it s better to not know anything before reading it Palahniuk draws his characters as caricatures but that is not a problem at all because that is simply not the point Besides, the type of people he describes, are littlethan caricatures in real life too Invisible Monsters is nihilistic and cruel, while sensitive and deep at the same time The point of it is not as simple as one may initially think On the contrary, it has many sides, all of which are touched in multiple ways and in all possible manners Nothing better than a book which describes the most extreme dysfunctionalities modern society brings about, in such a delicate and unpretentious manner This part from the intro says a lot Nowadays, whatever purchase you moon over, whatever person you lust after, most likely it s presented on a smooth glass or plastic screen On a laptop or a television And no matter what the technology, you ll catch sight of your own reflection In that electric mirror, there hovers your faint image You ll be superimposed over every email Or, lurking in the glassy surface of online porn, there you are Fewer people shut down their computers any, and who can blame them The moment that monitor goes black, you re looking at yourself, not smiling, not anything Here s your worst ever passport photo enlarged to life size Swimming behind the eBook words of Jane Austen, that slack, dead eyed zombie face, that s yours That s you. Now, Please, Jump into the river and die with me The End It very seriously makes me sad that there are people that haven t read Invisible Monsters Invisible Monsters is the most amazing work of art I have ever experienced and reading it for the 3rd time was the best decision I have made this summer Of course, this is the remix version, so it was different than the original Invisible Monsters but mainly just in the formatting and some added chapters If you haven t read Invisible Monsters before and you decide to read it, I would recommend the original version This version was Chuck Palahniuk s original vision for this novel It reads like a Vogue At the end of the prologue it says, Now, Please, Jump to Chapter Forty One So you flip to page 284 Then turn jump to chapter 1,40, and so on and so on so that you you are going back and forth after each chapter And when you finish the book you realize that there are still chapters left that you didn t read There s 6 chapters actually that aren t really part of the main story And two of the chapters are published with flipped text so that you have to put the book up to a mirror in order to read them All of his gimmicks make sense and are really interesting but maybe I m just a lazy reader because I thought it kind of detracted from the reading experience Some of the extra chapters were short stories on a few of the characters and some of them toldabout Chuck s background and his experience writing Invisible Monsters years ago I did like that this edition was hardcover and even if the chapter jumping wasn t my favorite thing to do, I like his ideas and I like the fact that he ll do something different Ultimately, this is the best book ever other than the original version , and reading Invisible Monsters for the first time was one of the most significant points in my life and led to so much for me.Edit Sorry, there are a fewextra chapters than I originally thought, so make sure to look through the book a few times for all the extra chapters I guess. REVIEW ALSO ON ve all seen extended edition and director s cuts of movies, but this is the first time I have ever come across an author s cut of a book With this hardcover release of Chuck Palahniuk s third published novel but his first in terms of writing , he took the opportunity to change the linear format that was originally published in 1999 and release it the way he initially envisioned it The intention was to give the reader the feel of literally getting lost inside the book, as one would be with a Vogue magazine Which you have to admit is kind of perfect for a novel centered around beauty, perceptions, and transformation Sadly no Madonna songs though.So how exactly is this achieved The narrative flips the reader around from chapter to chapter 41, 1, 40, 2, 39, 4, 38, 5, 37, 6, etc with the instructions at the end of each chapter to, Now, Please Jump to Chapter So polite This makes things intriguing, because unlike in a typical book where a dwindling number of pages signal the end is coming, you don t know exactly when Invisible Monsters Remixwill reach its climax And as with the original Invisible Monsters, the narrative itself skips around in time, so you will be well and truly lost in the events while you read It s a non linear format inside a non linear format, a mirror image It couldn t be produced as intended initially, but now at least it can be read and enjoyed by Chuck s legion of fans.One downside to this format, is that you might inadvertently see key bits of information as you flip through from chapter to chapter This will lead you to wonder exactly how the narrative could lead there, so at least it s not a total spoiler Think of it as a darker version of How I Met Your Mother , butakin to, How I Lost My Face Page numbers would probably be easier for a reader to navigate from place to place, but I imagine it would be a logistics nightmare in terms of publishing every time the book gets re released or the format is changed This way at least is manageable for everyone except the dyslexics, but let s be honest, page numbers would be evendifficult to follow.While the original novel was published in a straightforward manner to please readers and make itmarketable, this version is Palahniuk s original vision Due to this, in addition to jumping around from chapter to chapter, there are also additional chapters outside this straightforward narrative Twelve to be exact, split up into three sections which instruct the reader to loop between chapters over and over again For example chapter 3 to chapter 16 to chapter 30 to chapter 3 Lather, rinse, repeat Even after you re done with the main story there s evento discover We re back to the Vogue magazine idea here.Most of these side stories deal with the process of revision and re imagining famous movies, as Chuck did with this novel, while others detail where our narrator is now after her story These sections are all new additions to the original novel, and some chapters are even written backwards, forcing you to read the words in a mirror It s a pain, but there is a purpose about reflections and mirrors and being forced to look at yourself while you read You re reading while watching yourself read while you read You get the picture It s the idea of multiple reflections which function the same as the chapters that repeat on a loop Where does it all begin and end So many moebius strips, so little time.The third and most interesting of these narrative diversions contains biographical stories about Chuck s own life There are three separate stories in this loop, one which deals with a road trip that inspired this novel, one about when he was writing his first manuscript, and a third about being on set for the film of his novel turned movie, Choke Since the fictional story deals so much with impossible sounding coincidences even though our world is a small one , Chuck shares some of his own coincidences in these stories, from a shared memory between him and a friend he hadn t met yet, to the death of the mother he wrote about correlating to his own mother s death, and all the coincidences in between They re poignant, beautiful, and most importantly true.As with most of Chuck P novels, there is a repetitive element throughout the narrative Where in Fight Club it was I am Jack s insert organ of the body here my personal favorite is raging bile duct , this story also has a similar narrative trick In this novel, weaved throughout is the flash of a camera taking photos with a wide variety of emotions being yelled out as if by a fashion photographer The most memorable line being, Give me lust, baby Flash Give me malice Flash Give me detached existentialist ennui Flash There are also paragraphs starting with the phrase, Jump to to tell the reader that the story is once again jumping in time and location Spoiler alert this happensthan in a Doctor Who episode.There are plenty of reasons why this new structure works so well in this choose your own adventure type chapter hopping format, but I appreciate it evenfor what it says about life The end of a book generally doesn t signal the end of a character s life, unless you re reading a historical fiction novel, and Palahniuk knows that So rather than bring the end of the narrator s story to the end of the novel, he wisely ends it somewhere in the middle, where stories generally leave their protagonists on their journey through life Bravo on that Chuck. Chuck Palahnuik s Invisible Monsters has many similarities to Fight Club and clear influences from Sartre and John Barth It s disjointed, fragmented, almost incomplete, and yet, he raises complex questions and makes brilliant observations I don t think he is so much nihilistic as he is post modern and just doesn t believe in culture de jour, readily satirizing at what needs to be poked fun. It made me want to blow my own jaw offbut in a good way. Check the shelf I put this on Now you re ready This book is insane There s something on practically every page that makes you say, What the % You ll keep reading anyway, though, and you ll love it The book s like a really hard core Swedish massage It hurts SOOOOO good The story is essentially about beauty who values it, what it means, how it can be good, and how it can be a horror Not only do the characters suffer FOR beauty, they suffer BECAUSE of beauty, and that s a powerful comment on current American society Palahniuk shows off masterful writing all the way through, allowing the reader to both like and dislike, agree and disagree with all of the characters He lays pathos out before his readers and expects us to have the capacity and intelligence to simultaneously exalt and suffer, and that s powerful stuff If you don t have a firm grip on your sanity, a good sense of humor, and an expansive sense of the ridiculousness that is humanity, don t bother with this book.