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"Throughout the book, Palahniuk's lucid prose is winning. Still....Palahniuk shows but doesn't tell, and after a while it gets annoying. Are we presupposed to know what Palahniuk thinks about his subject matter? As a guy who tends to root for male writers, I'm sorry to say that we probably already do." Tom Chiarella, Esquire (read the entire Esquire review)

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Publisher Comments:

From the bestselling author of Fight Club and Diary, a collection of essays and journalistic pieces that prove that real life has imagination beaten cold in the strangeness and wonder departments

Chuck Palahniuk’s world has always been, well, different from yours and mine. The pieces that comprise Stranger Than Fiction, his first nonfiction collection, prove just how different, in ways both highly entertaining and deeply unsettling. Encounters with alternative culture heroes Marilyn Manson and Juliette Lewis; the peculiar wages of fame attendant on the big budget film production of the movie Fight Club; life as an assembly-line drive train installer by day, hospice volunteer driver by night; the really peculiar lives of submariners; the really violent world (and mangled ears) of college wrestlers; the underground world of iron-pumping anabolic steroid gobblers; the immensely upsetting circumstances of his father’s murder and the trial of his killer—each essay or vignette offers a unique facet of existence as lived in and/or observed by one of our most flagrantly daring and original literary talents.

Review:

"This collection from shock novelist Palahniuk (Choke; Lullaby) is an eye-opening look at the raw material that goes into Palahniuk's fiction, as well as proof that the novelist's art is derived from keen observation and recording of details. Often these are as grotesque as a closeup in a horror film (e.g., in talking to a group of wrestlers enduring Olympic tryouts, Palahniuk focuses on their injuries, both physical and emotional). Half the essays are magazine assignments and include insightful profiles of rock star Marilyn Manson, indie-movie queen Juliette Lewis and a high schooler who wants to explore space via a homemade rocket. Others offer the author's impressions of a demolition derby, the Rock Creek Lodge Testicle Festival and life aboard the USS Louisiana. Palahniuk often philosophizes, dwelling on the effects his fiction has had on 'reality,' especially the obsession his fans have had with his novel Fight Club. Palahniuk is fixated on the transformation of life's raw material into fiction and the writing process itself, which he sees as having the potential for self-fulfillment. (Incidentally, Brad Pitt, who played Fight Club's protagonist, emerges as Palahniuk's alter ego, and a number of the essays play on this theme, creating a patchwork memoir.) Palahniuk's fans will undoubtedly revel in the secrets the author reveals. Newcomers might initially feel queasy, but they're likely to warm up to his visceral prose and come to enjoy it. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Unlike his novels...this collection...suggests that Palahniuk actually likes humanity — or at least some parts of it....Dolorous yet exhilarating dispatches from the edge." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[T]he best narratives here — particularly a lengthy one on Americans who build European-style castles — show Palahniuk's deep compassion for oddballs and misfits, a hard-boiled kindness for which his fans revere him." John Green, Booklist

Review:

"Among sick puppies, Palahniuk is the top dog....A unique talent." People

Review:

"Palahniuk is one of the freshest, most intriguing voices to appear in a long time." Newsday

Review:

"Dark riffing on modernity is the reason people read Palahniuk. His books are not so much novels as jagged fables, cautionary tales about the creeping peril represented by almost everything." Time

Review:

"Maybe our generation has found its Don DeLillo." Bret Easton Ellis

Review:

"[A] grab bag of barely edited nonfiction pieces....Chapters about Palahniuk's murderous grandfather and his fondness for Brad Pitt's lips should sate biographical completists. (Grade: D)" Noah Robischon, Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

Chuck Palahniuk's six novels are the bestselling Diary, Choke, Lullaby, and Fight Club — which was made into a film by director David FincherSurvivor, and Invisible Monsters. He is also the author of a nonfiction profile of Portland, Fugitives and Refugees, published as part of the Crown Journeys series. His most recent novel is Haunted. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385504485
Author:
Palahniuk, Chuck
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
0509
Publication Date:
June 15, 2004
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.32x5.78x.85 in. .88 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This collection from shock novelist Palahniuk (Choke; Lullaby) is an eye-opening look at the raw material that goes into Palahniuk's fiction, as well as proof that the novelist's art is derived from keen observation and recording of details. Often these are as grotesque as a closeup in a horror film (e.g., in talking to a group of wrestlers enduring Olympic tryouts, Palahniuk focuses on their injuries, both physical and emotional). Half the essays are magazine assignments and include insightful profiles of rock star Marilyn Manson, indie-movie queen Juliette Lewis and a high schooler who wants to explore space via a homemade rocket. Others offer the author's impressions of a demolition derby, the Rock Creek Lodge Testicle Festival and life aboard the USS Louisiana. Palahniuk often philosophizes, dwelling on the effects his fiction has had on 'reality,' especially the obsession his fans have had with his novel Fight Club. Palahniuk is fixated on the transformation of life's raw material into fiction and the writing process itself, which he sees as having the potential for self-fulfillment. (Incidentally, Brad Pitt, who played Fight Club's protagonist, emerges as Palahniuk's alter ego, and a number of the essays play on this theme, creating a patchwork memoir.) Palahniuk's fans will undoubtedly revel in the secrets the author reveals. Newcomers might initially feel queasy, but they're likely to warm up to his visceral prose and come to enjoy it. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "Throughout the book, Palahniuk's lucid prose is winning. Still....Palahniuk shows but doesn't tell, and after a while it gets annoying. Are we presupposed to know what Palahniuk thinks about his subject matter? As a guy who tends to root for male writers, I'm sorry to say that we probably already do." (read the entire Esquire review)
"Review" by , "Unlike his novels...this collection...suggests that Palahniuk actually likes humanity — or at least some parts of it....Dolorous yet exhilarating dispatches from the edge."
"Review" by , "[T]he best narratives here — particularly a lengthy one on Americans who build European-style castles — show Palahniuk's deep compassion for oddballs and misfits, a hard-boiled kindness for which his fans revere him."
"Review" by , "Among sick puppies, Palahniuk is the top dog....A unique talent."
"Review" by , "Palahniuk is one of the freshest, most intriguing voices to appear in a long time."
"Review" by , "Dark riffing on modernity is the reason people read Palahniuk. His books are not so much novels as jagged fables, cautionary tales about the creeping peril represented by almost everything."
"Review" by , "Maybe our generation has found its Don DeLillo."
"Review" by , "[A] grab bag of barely edited nonfiction pieces....Chapters about Palahniuk's murderous grandfather and his fondness for Brad Pitt's lips should sate biographical completists. (Grade: D)"
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