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ISBN13: 9781400032815
ISBN10: 1400032814
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Misty Wilmot has had it. Once a promising young artist, she's now stuck on an island ruined by tourism, drinking too much and working as a waitress in a hotel. Her husband, a contractor, is in a coma after a suicide attempt, but that doesn't stop his clients from threatening Misty with lawsuits over a series of vile messages they've found on the walls of houses he remodeled.

Suddenly, though, Misty finds her artistic talent returning as she begins a period of compulsive painting. Inspired but confused by this burst of creativity, she soon finds herself a pawn in a larger conspiracy that threatens to cost hundreds of lives. What unfolds is a dark, hilarious story from America's most inventive nihilist, and Palahniuk's most impressive work to date.

Review:

"[R]emarkable....Palahniuk restrains his more comic voice to deliver moving passages on inspiration, art, and suffering as a driving force....A loose-limbed nightmare both vaporous and all-enveloping: awe-inspiring." Kirkus Reviews

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"[Palahniuk's] catchy, jarring prose, cryptic pronouncements and baroque flights of imagination are instantly recognizable, and...this twisted tale [is] one of his most memorable works to date." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[Diary] lacks the manic humor that makes his better novels so engrossing....Still, excellent plotting and a compelling allegory will satisfy the majority of Palahniukites." John Green, Booklist

Review:

"For all his trademark toughness, Mr. Palahniuk has never sounded more like a latter-day Kurt Vonnegut than he does here....His use of singsong repetition...can be as soothing as a lullaby." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

"This is Palahniuk at the height of his style....Diary may be trying to be too many things at once, but when it's on, it's on, and it could be Chuck Palahniuk's most ambitious novel to date, certainly the most ambitious since Fight Club." Marc Nesbitt, The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"While the book suffers some of the usual shortcomings of genre novels...it is far more inspired and philosophical than one would expect from even a top-drawer horror novel." Mark Lindquist, The Seattle Times

Review:

"Misty's narrative voice is funny and urgent, tragic and clear, and Palahniuk draws from a strange palette of worldly nihilism and supernatural conspiracy to paint a compelling portrait of the artist as an unwitting conduit of evil." Adam Mansbach, The Boston Globe

Review:

"Though absurd and darkly humorous at times, Diary is no joke. Palahniuk has had great success with dangerously madcap characters and situations. This novel taps a similarly wild vein..." Douglas Levin, The Oregonian (Portland, OR)

Review:

"Palahniuk delightfully pushes Diary into the ludicrous, but his restless intelligence coheres plotwise....The pleasure here resides in his awesome ability to transform gleeful absurdities into a well-sculpted riddle." Michael Miller, The Village Voice

Review:

"Diary really hits its stride when the blood starts flowing....Palahniuk is better at sensation than philosophy, a pulp writer who excels when he stops worrying the big ideas and channels his wild, misfit heart." Taylor Antrim, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Just for the record, Diary is as hypnotic as a poised cobra. Chuck Palahniuk demonstrates that the most chilling special effects come not from Industrial Light and Magic but from the words of a gifted writer." Ira Levin, author of Rosemary's Baby

Review:

"[P]aranoiac horror along the lines of Rosemary's Baby....Neither plot nor theme is brought to a persuasive conclusion, but the journey is consistently engaging. Recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"A deft meditation on great art and the toll it takes, the book is sometimes easier to admire for its literary daredevilry than it is to enjoy." James Sullivan, Book Magazine

Review:

"Palahniuk constructs his story as precisely as a stage magician's grand illusion, building to a powerful climax that leaves the audience stunned and breathless. Diary triumphantly exposes the evil that lurks in the banality of everyday life." L.D. Meagher, CNN.com

Review:

"Madly inventive....It simply, exuberantly, escapes literary categorization." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Palahniuk is a bracingly toxic purveyor of dread and mounting horror. He makes nihilism fun." Vanity Fair

Review:

"To read a Chuck Palahniuk novel means being shocked, enlightened, disturbed, buoyed, horrified, delighted and perplexed — sometimes on a single page." Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Review:

"The closest thing to a plain old mystery Palahniuk has ever written....Stunning, funky stuff." Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Reading Chuck Palahniuk's sixth novel, Diary, one can almost hear in the background, as if from a great distance, the theme from The Twilight Zone. The book is creepy fun — accent on creepy." Michael Swindle, Dallas Morning News

Review:

"This is just sloppy, invasive writing. It's as if Palahniuk simply enjoys the sound of his own voice as it were, and his gratuitous repetitiveness is his way of saying, 'get it?'" Kera Bolonik, San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"This is a very dark and not altogether logical tale, but Palahniuk's famously off-kilter imagination keeps disbelief suspended for the willing reader....Just for the record, this is a book you won't soon forget. Just wait and see." Carole Goldberg, Hartford Courant

Review:

"Recalling such classic horror tales as Shirley Jackson's 'The Lottery,' Diary's dark side reveals itself slowly, quietly, like a creeping fungus....[D]eliver[s] entertainment as well as enlightenment." Deborah King, Dallas-Ft. Worth Star Telegram

Review:

"Palahnuik has the chops to deliver musical language when he wants. He can lock onto a physical scene and describe it in such a way that a reader will never forget the image. At his best, Palahnuik can deliver fiction as adroitly as any writer around." Eric Miles Williamson, Houston Chronicle

Review:

"Another inventive page-turner that fuses eccentric elements of suspense with supernatural overtones to create a modern symphony of psychological horror....With its attention to detail, Diary rings with originality and realism." Michael Hopkins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Review:

"The incidents may be bizarre, but you sure keep wanting to know what happens next and how it all turns out....Palahniuk is a fabulist. And an entertainer. Like every good entertainer, he knows his audience — and gives it exactly what it wants." Frank Wilson, Philadelphia Inquirer

Synopsis:

The bestselling author of Fight Club, Choke, and Lullaby continues his 21st-century reinvention of the horror novel in this scary and profound look at mankind's quest for some sort of immortality. Diary takes the form of a "coma diary" kept by one Misty Tracy Wilmot as her husband lies senseless in a hospital after a suicide attempt.

About the Author

Chuck Palahniuk's novels are the bestselling Lullaby and Fight Club (which was made into a film by director David Fincher), Survivor, Invisible Monsters, and Choke. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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Snarlyreader, August 20, 2007 (view all comments by Snarlyreader)
This is one of those books that you have to keep reading just you can put the pieces together and figure out what the heck is going on. And once you've finished the book, you have to keep puzzling on it for the next couple days "Oh, so THAT'S why she . . ."

The main character is pretty likeable and the more you find out about her life and her surroundings, the more unbelievable it seems. Not predictable at all - very innovative.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400032815
Author:
Palahniuk, Chuck
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Married women
Subject:
Contractors
Subject:
Islands
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
September 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8 x 5.16 x 0.6 in 0.44 lb

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Product details 272 pages Anchor Books/Doubleday - English 9781400032815 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[R]emarkable....Palahniuk restrains his more comic voice to deliver moving passages on inspiration, art, and suffering as a driving force....A loose-limbed nightmare both vaporous and all-enveloping: awe-inspiring."
"Review" by , "[Palahniuk's] catchy, jarring prose, cryptic pronouncements and baroque flights of imagination are instantly recognizable, and...this twisted tale [is] one of his most memorable works to date."
"Review" by , "[Diary] lacks the manic humor that makes his better novels so engrossing....Still, excellent plotting and a compelling allegory will satisfy the majority of Palahniukites."
"Review" by , "For all his trademark toughness, Mr. Palahniuk has never sounded more like a latter-day Kurt Vonnegut than he does here....His use of singsong repetition...can be as soothing as a lullaby."
"Review" by , "This is Palahniuk at the height of his style....Diary may be trying to be too many things at once, but when it's on, it's on, and it could be Chuck Palahniuk's most ambitious novel to date, certainly the most ambitious since Fight Club."
"Review" by , "While the book suffers some of the usual shortcomings of genre novels...it is far more inspired and philosophical than one would expect from even a top-drawer horror novel."
"Review" by , "Misty's narrative voice is funny and urgent, tragic and clear, and Palahniuk draws from a strange palette of worldly nihilism and supernatural conspiracy to paint a compelling portrait of the artist as an unwitting conduit of evil."
"Review" by , "Though absurd and darkly humorous at times, Diary is no joke. Palahniuk has had great success with dangerously madcap characters and situations. This novel taps a similarly wild vein..."
"Review" by , "Palahniuk delightfully pushes Diary into the ludicrous, but his restless intelligence coheres plotwise....The pleasure here resides in his awesome ability to transform gleeful absurdities into a well-sculpted riddle."
"Review" by , "Diary really hits its stride when the blood starts flowing....Palahniuk is better at sensation than philosophy, a pulp writer who excels when he stops worrying the big ideas and channels his wild, misfit heart."
"Review" by , "Just for the record, Diary is as hypnotic as a poised cobra. Chuck Palahniuk demonstrates that the most chilling special effects come not from Industrial Light and Magic but from the words of a gifted writer."
"Review" by , "[P]aranoiac horror along the lines of Rosemary's Baby....Neither plot nor theme is brought to a persuasive conclusion, but the journey is consistently engaging. Recommended."
"Review" by , "A deft meditation on great art and the toll it takes, the book is sometimes easier to admire for its literary daredevilry than it is to enjoy."
"Review" by , "Palahniuk constructs his story as precisely as a stage magician's grand illusion, building to a powerful climax that leaves the audience stunned and breathless. Diary triumphantly exposes the evil that lurks in the banality of everyday life."
"Review" by , "Madly inventive....It simply, exuberantly, escapes literary categorization."
"Review" by , "Palahniuk is a bracingly toxic purveyor of dread and mounting horror. He makes nihilism fun."
"Review" by , "To read a Chuck Palahniuk novel means being shocked, enlightened, disturbed, buoyed, horrified, delighted and perplexed — sometimes on a single page."
"Review" by , "The closest thing to a plain old mystery Palahniuk has ever written....Stunning, funky stuff."
"Review" by , "Reading Chuck Palahniuk's sixth novel, Diary, one can almost hear in the background, as if from a great distance, the theme from The Twilight Zone. The book is creepy fun — accent on creepy."
"Review" by , "This is just sloppy, invasive writing. It's as if Palahniuk simply enjoys the sound of his own voice as it were, and his gratuitous repetitiveness is his way of saying, 'get it?'"
"Review" by , "This is a very dark and not altogether logical tale, but Palahniuk's famously off-kilter imagination keeps disbelief suspended for the willing reader....Just for the record, this is a book you won't soon forget. Just wait and see."
"Review" by , "Recalling such classic horror tales as Shirley Jackson's 'The Lottery,' Diary's dark side reveals itself slowly, quietly, like a creeping fungus....[D]eliver[s] entertainment as well as enlightenment."
"Review" by , "Palahnuik has the chops to deliver musical language when he wants. He can lock onto a physical scene and describe it in such a way that a reader will never forget the image. At his best, Palahnuik can deliver fiction as adroitly as any writer around."
"Review" by , "Another inventive page-turner that fuses eccentric elements of suspense with supernatural overtones to create a modern symphony of psychological horror....With its attention to detail, Diary rings with originality and realism."
"Review" by , "The incidents may be bizarre, but you sure keep wanting to know what happens next and how it all turns out....Palahniuk is a fabulist. And an entertainer. Like every good entertainer, he knows his audience — and gives it exactly what it wants."
"Synopsis" by , The bestselling author of Fight Club, Choke, and Lullaby continues his 21st-century reinvention of the horror novel in this scary and profound look at mankind's quest for some sort of immortality. Diary takes the form of a "coma diary" kept by one Misty Tracy Wilmot as her husband lies senseless in a hospital after a suicide attempt.
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