Invisible monsters remix

Chuck Palahniuk

Book - 2012

"Palahniuk's fashion-model protagonist has it all, boyfriend, career, loyal best friend-- until an accident destroys her face, her ability to speak, and her self-esteem. Enter Brandy Alexander, Queen Supreme, one operation away from becoming a bona-fide woman. Laced in are new chapters of memoir and further scenes with the book 's characters."--Provided by publisher.

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Published
New York : W. W. Norton c2012.
Edition
[New ed.]
Language
English
Item Description
"Previous edition published under the name Invisible monsters"--T.p. verso
Physical Description
ix, 301 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780393345117
9780393083521
0393083527
Main Author
Chuck Palahniuk (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Drafting Invisible Monsters in 1991 (well before the 1996 publication of his ferocious debut, Fight Club), Palahniuk structured it like the issues of Vogue he loved reading at the laundromat, with disorienting jumps that forced the reader to turn lots of pages in order to follow the story to its conclusion. It was a perfect format for a time-shifting road-trip narrative that drags conventional notions of fashion, beauty, self-image, and sexual identity behind the car—and, perhaps, an inevitable outcome of writing while watching MTV under the influence of recreational drugs. When a friend told Palahniuk that readers wouldn't have the patience to hunt for chapters, though, he put them in a more straightforward order. The book was eventually published as a paperback original in 1999; for this first hardcover edition, Palahniuk saw a chance to share his original vision for the story of grotesquely disfigured former model Daisy St. Patience. At the end of a typically no-bullshit introduction, he asks readers to "Jump to Chapter Forty-one" and then it's full speed ahead. Just as a fashion magazine is designed, as the author says, "to entice and seduce you . . . to trap you," the hunt for chapters creates a sense of disorientation but, more important, a feeling that, even though you're following directions, you might be missing something. (You are: a half-dozen tasty Easter eggs have been hidden throughout.) Does the novel hold up? Yes, and it's even better this way. New readers and rereaders alike are in for a wild ride. Best of all, for the hardcover edition, Palahniuk has created an experience that only makes sense on pages made of paper: doing it with hyperlinks in an e-book would be just plain ugly. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Published as a paperback original in 1999, Palahniuk's tale of a fashion model who loses everything when she is badly disfigured in a drive-by shooting gets a makeover here, featuring new chapters, new scenes, and special design elements. It's being billed as a "director's cut," which Palahniuk fans will definitely want. [Page 67]. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

An expanded and refreshed "director's cut" of the author's 1999 novel restores his original vision for the work that depicts what happens to a fashion model after a debilitating accident destroys her face and her ability to speak.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Palahniuk's fashion-model protagonist has it all, boyfriend, career, loyal best friend-- until an accident destroys her face, her ability to speak, and her self-esteem. Enter Brandy Alexander, Queen Supreme, one operation away from becoming a bona-fide woman. Laced in are new chapters of memoir and further scenes with the book 's characters."--Provided by publisher.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Invisible Monsters Remix