Invisible Monsters: A Novel

by Chuck Palahniuk

W. W. Norton & Company | March 21, 2011 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Invisible Monsters: A Novel is rated 4.3913 out of 5 by 23.

Love, betrayal, petty larceny, and high fashion fuel this deliciously comic novel from the author of Fight Club and Survivor.

The fashion-model protagonist of Invisible Monsters has just about everything: a boyfriend, a career, a loyal best friend. But one day she's driving along the freeway when a sudden "accident" leaves her with half her face, no ability to speak, and next to no self-esteem. From being the beautiful center of attention she becomes an invisible monster, so hideous that no one will acknowledge she exists. Enter Brandy Alexander, Queen Supreme, one operation away from becoming a real woman; Brandy will teach her that reinventing yourself means erasing the past and making up something better. And that salvation hides in the last places you'll ever want to look. In this hilarious and daringly unpredictable novel, the 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. Changing names and stories in every city, they catapult toward a final confrontation with a rifle-toting Evie-by which time the narrator will have learned that loving and being loved are not mutually exclusive, and that nothing, on the surface, is ever quite what it seems. By turns witty, poignant, and exhilarating, Invisible Monsters will take you on a ride you'll never forget.

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Published: March 21, 2011

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0393341429

ISBN - 13: 9780393341423

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Aubergine Dreams pretty good
Date published: 2014-10-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but confusing. I thought this book was original and good but kind of hard to follow. I guess I am not yet familiar enough with Palahniuk's style. The character's names change during the whole book and the novel is not linear so it can get confusing. But overall, it was a good book.
Date published: 2011-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must read for the open mind Love chucks work. one of his best by far. dynamic characters equals dynamic story. right up there with fight club.
Date published: 2010-02-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from My introduction to Palahniuk Wow. This was my first Palahniuk, and although I was made aware of the hype surrounding this author, nothing can prepare you for the wacky, often hilarious and grotesque story line that is Invisible Monsters. I'm left confused about how I feel about this book. I can't help but think that Chuck woke up one morning from a disturbing nightmare and decided to put it on paper. I'm anxious to move on to another one of his novels and see what other directions his demented mind will veer off in. www.booksnakereviews.blogspot.com
Date published: 2008-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Twist, Turn, Repeat Despite the fact that, early on, the main character tells you not to try to figure things out, you can't help but try. Good old Palahniuk wont make it easy to guess though, that's for sure. Invisible Monsters is [as of right now] my favorite among his novels. The story of a young, beautiful woman all comes crashing down when her face is shot off by someone unknown. Going through this journey with her is crazy, hilarious, dangerous, and absolutely wild. I loved every minute of it!
Date published: 2008-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Thing I've Read In A While. I had to reread this book over a few times before fully enjoying it, but it's definitely in my list of favourites. Using just the right amount of dark humor, a helping of imagination, and a dash of reality, this is really a book that the young adult audience (and anyone else, for that matter) can enjoy. No, it's not for everyone, but if you're a fan of Palahniuk's other books or anything else of this genre, this is definitely a must-read. The story is twisted, but that's Palahniuk's style. It's his best work, in my opinion, and destined to become a modern cult classic. Oh, and for all you kids my age: Panic at the Disco's song "Time To Dance" is based entirely on this book.
Date published: 2008-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from wow! Great twist ending. Really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2008-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from stunning, This book is absolutely my favourite. I read it in a few hours, it is simply enthralling. The style is like a magazine and jumps around a bit, but if you pay close attention you will fully get it. However upon rereading you discover small things you overlooked. This novel is absolutely amazing. I am one of those people who can read the first few chapters of a book and tell you exactly how its going to end. But with Palahniuk's work its plot twist after twist after twist and this book is no exception. It never ever gets boring. However I'll admit this book isn't for everyone. You have to be open minded and have a small appreciation for darker humour.
Date published: 2008-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really For Those Who Enjoy Dark Humour To be able to get into Palahniuk's novels, you really have to enjoy dark humour and take a step back to look at how ridiculous North Americans really are as a people. As graphic and sarcastic as he is in this novel, it's still a great ride. The layers of the story are peeled back bit by bit. While I though the back and forth of the protagonist's storytelling would get confusing, it really didn't. It becomes this little puzzle you're slowly putting together through bits and pieces.
Date published: 2008-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Because it's my turn, damn it: A review of Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk INVISIBLE MONSTERS by Chuck Palahniuk is his second book. The first book he wrote was entitled INSOMNIA and never made it into print. He wrote Invisible Monsters second and it was turned down having been identified as too disturbing. FIGHT CLUB was the third novel. As these things go, Fight Club was published first and Invisible Monsters followed in 1999 along with SURVIVOR. It is likely impossible to determine which parts of Invisible Monsters pre-date the Fight Club novel, which would have been written without the knowledge of the eventual publication of the former. This accounts for some of the intertextuality and linguistic affectations. It is a tangled web but an interesting one. I always recommend that people read Invisible Monsters before Fight Club. It really is a disturbing book and if you're already read FC you'll enjoy some of the cross-over material because you already know that everything is a copy of a copy of a copy. The basic format is similar to Fight Club and Survivor. We begin with a first person narrative that has its start at the end. In Fight Club, Tyler and the narrator are on the tallest building in the world. In Survivor, Tender Branson is on the roof of the world, Flight 2039. And here in Invisible Monsters we have an unnamed narrator with Brandy Alexander and Evie Cottrell at the big shotgun wedding reception. All three begin with a narrator and a gun although it is always being held by different people. I can’t say for sure, but I’m assuming that Invisible Monsters was written between 1990 and 1993. These would have been the years that Palahniuk was meeting with Tom Spanbauer whose 1991 THE MAN WHO FELL IN LOVE WITH THE MOON is also a gender-bender. If you're read Douglas Coupland you'll also catch whiff of Generation X and Shampboo Planet. In some respects I see this novel along with Survivor as Palahniuk as his most Palahniukian. Both deal with fashion, success, beauty, self-destruction, jealousy, heartbreak and rivalry. Religion and gender are two of the topics CP addresses with great provocation in his writing. Invisible Monsters reads like you’re flipping through a fashion magazine. The phrase “Jump to” announces a temporal shift but gives you the fluidity of scene-to-scene motion, a nice trick used by the new journalists. The themes found in Invisible Monsters have become trademarks: crisis, recognition and misrecognition, and confrontation. And there is always a hidden gun. I think there are several hidden guns in this novel, so much so that I began to create an index of names at the end of the novel to keep track of who’s who and what’s want and which body parts people still have and have not. Parts of the novel are fairly graphic, with long stretches of narrative detailing brand name fashion accessories and clothing designers. This runs parallel to the equally details write ups on different forms of reconstructive surgery. I checked. MISS RONA exists. It is long since out of print but still available. I’ve ordered a copy and can’t wait to read it. My recommendations below are very closely related to the writing of Invisible Monsters. I should also add: Amy Hempel, "The Harvest" and Mark Richard, "Strays." Enjoy!
Date published: 2008-04-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I don't get it. After hearing SO many great things about this book, I decided to give it a shot. To this day, I still think it is the WORST book I have ever read. I don't know if it was because of the hype built up around it, and I was expecting so much more, or if it was just not my thing, but I really hated this book. Most of the time I had no idea what was going on and not once did it even really grab my attention. It was way too confusing for me and it was all over the place. I don't know about anyone else, but when I finsih reading a book I think I should be able to at least remember what happened. I couldn't even explain what it was about. I found myself getting closer to the end and still wondering "Okay, when is it going to get good?". By the end I found that I was forcing myself to read it. Nothing personal against Palahniuk, this is the first book of his that I've read. I know his books are kind of all over the place but I don't think I'll be reading any more of them.
Date published: 2006-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Invisible Monsters If you were ever going to lose yourself in a book - this would be the one. Yes, it is grotesque at times, but it is pushes the lines in a smart and funny way - forcing the reader to look at societal conceptions of beauty, love etc.
Date published: 2006-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why this book should consume your life in 1000wds Howdy folks, If you're browsing this title you've most likely read Fight Club and were mesmorized by Chuck Palahniuk's unique story-telling style. Well good news, this one is another killer. The plot is amazing. The story telling is once again fabulous. You absolutely have to LOVE Chuck's ability to give every one of his books "catch phrases" that you'll spot throughout. Fight Club had "I know this, because Tyler knows this" and it's random recipeas for explosives and Invisible Monsters isn't short on viciously clever writing and catch phrases itself. I would pick this one up if I were you. I have. About 8 times. Also look into anything written by Chuck, it's ALL gold. (I, however, wasn't fond of the non-fictions but that's just me.) Enjoy this book. I did.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Invisible Monsters The Panic! at the Disco album 'A Fever You can't Sweat Out' is completely based upon this novel. Good Story.
Date published: 2006-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from P!ATD Anyone who read this awesome book may have heard the Panic! at the Disco song It's Time to Dance. Give me malice, give me envy, give me your attention, give me malice, give me envy, baby, give me a break! HOW AWESOME ARE BOTH OF THESE PEOPLE? THE BOOK AND THE SONG! YES!
Date published: 2006-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow... This book is amazing! Definetly one of my favorites. It's one of those books that you just can't put down. I read it in a day. I've read several of Chuck's books and so far, this one is my favorite. Anyone who gets the chance to should read it.
Date published: 2006-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious I read this for school, can u believe it?!?!?! Greatness sandwiched between two pink covers is what this is. Completely entertaining and forget trying to figure anything out, just strap yourself in for the ride and expect everything.
Date published: 2006-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! The desire to overcome by over-compensating appealed to me about this novel ( as with most of Palahniuk's books). The writing style made for a quick read; I couldn't put the book down and highly recommend it.
Date published: 2003-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another excellent book This book does an excellent job of satirizing and deconstructing modern culture, as do all of Palahniuk's books. It should be on everyone's must-read lists.
Date published: 2002-11-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not for everyone I could not put this book down. I borrowed it from a friend and it has got me hooked on this author, as much as I liked this book, I must say it is not for everyone, it is dark and somewhat disturbing, timeline is not straight forward (which I feel is appropriate to keep readers intrigued) but I know people who get annoyed or confused when author's do not stay with a chronological timeline. If you liked fight club,I am certain you will love this book.
Date published: 2002-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crunch, Bam, Boom: A Hormone Pill's Effects An intriguing narrator. I could not put this novel down. The conclusion is just as bizarre as the characters themselves. Watch out RuPaul your fictional competiton is just around the corner! Buy this book!
Date published: 2002-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Amazing Book Palahniuk has to be the world's greatest author. I have read all of his books at least two times, and they are still as fresh as they were a few years ago. I think that Invisible Monsters is one of the best books I have ever read. It combines elements from Palahniuk's prior two novels and digs deep into the main characters mind. I read it in two days. That's the fastest I've ever read a book, and I never skipped a word.
Date published: 2002-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Weird World I think it's only fair to describe Chuck Palanhiuk's last novel to date with one single word that defined his whole writing personna, and that word, is weird. Never before have I read such a strange, demented yet truthfull novel by any other authors. Plot twists after plot twists left me gasping for breath and chocked in such a way the whole reading experience became almost surreal and paranormal. Man who wants to be woman (but not for the reaons you'd think of), woman with no face falling in love with a drag queen, a boyfriend who finds more than a little satisfaction in guy-on-guy magasines, and that is only the beginning. Like all of Chuck's books, this is one enthralling, entertaining, demented, disgusting, and enlightning ride. Read it to see what I'm talking about.
Date published: 2000-09-19

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Invisible Monsters: A Novel

by Chuck Palahniuk

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: March 21, 2011

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393341429

ISBN - 13: 9780393341423

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Love, betrayal, petty larceny, and high fashion fuel this deliciously comic novel from the author of Fight Club and Survivor.

The fashion-model protagonist of Invisible Monsters has just about everything: a boyfriend, a career, a loyal best friend. But one day she's driving along the freeway when a sudden "accident" leaves her with half her face, no ability to speak, and next to no self-esteem. From being the beautiful center of attention she becomes an invisible monster, so hideous that no one will acknowledge she exists. Enter Brandy Alexander, Queen Supreme, one operation away from becoming a real woman; Brandy will teach her that reinventing yourself means erasing the past and making up something better. And that salvation hides in the last places you'll ever want to look. In this hilarious and daringly unpredictable novel, the 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. Changing names and stories in every city, they catapult toward a final confrontation with a rifle-toting Evie-by which time the narrator will have learned that loving and being loved are not mutually exclusive, and that nothing, on the surface, is ever quite what it seems. By turns witty, poignant, and exhilarating, Invisible Monsters will take you on a ride you'll never forget.
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