Unfortunately this is the worst Chuck Palahniuk book I’ve read to date. It is a seemingly clever concept, but overall his attempts to use vulgarity to gross out the reader fall on deaf ears (am I that desensitized already?). The idea that greed drives us to do terrible things, including mutilating ourselves – under the guise that society expects a victim, an enemy, and a hero – though interesting – when drawn into a 400+ page story gets old and repetitive.
The character development seems forced, and the reader is hardly interested in the characters by the time they all start hurting/killing each other. The gruesome that is Palahniuk trademark seems stale and boring. I’m glad that I’ve read further books by Palahniuk, written chronilogically after this one, so I know he picked up his creative style in future stories.
Read it if you want to complete your Palahniuk collection, otherwise let it sit on the library shelf.
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