Questa volta, Palahniuk ci porta a fare un bel giretto nella Hollywood dei Tempi d'Oro (quelli di Bette Davis e Joan Crawford, per intenderci) e ci racconta - a modo suo, naturalmente - la fiaba sulfurea e decadente di Katherine Kenton, una stella del palcoscenico, ma anche una famosa sceneggiatrice alle prese con la peggiore e più inevitabile delle disgrazie possibili: l'invecchiamento. A raccontare questa fiaba c'è una sorta di dama di compagnia, domestica, confidente di Katherine a nome Hazie Coogan, che l'ha accompagnata per tutta la sua carriera attraverso svariati matrimoni, altrettanti divorzi e parecchi interventi di chirurgia estetica. A complicare la situazione contribuisce l'apparizione del giovane (troppo giovane!!!) Webster Carlton Westward III, che riesce a intrufolarsi nel cuore (e tra le lenzuola) di Katherine. Ma Hazie scopre che Webster ha già scritto una biografia senza veli che prevede la morte di Katherine in una scena degna di un barocchissimo musical...
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This guy wrote a review of this book that is wrong. This is not a good novel. I don't even know where to start on it. I imagine this conversation happening between CP and his editor: CP: Did you get my new novel?ED: Novel? I got your short story.CP: Oh, you kidder. Seriously, what do you think?ED: Ch Leggi tutto
There was a time that I bought Chuck Palahniuk books on release day and tore through them in less than a 24-hour period. I can still one-shot his insanely short novels (novellas by anyone else's standards) but I've long since stopped rushing out to buy them. What happened? Where did it all go wrong? Leggi tutto
Say what you will about Chuck Palahniuk, no one can claim that he’s scared of experimenting with different ways to tell a story. In Rant , we got multiple character viewpoints as though they were reminiscences for a documentary. Haunted had a variety of characters telling fictional sort stories. Pygmy Leggi tutto
March 2010, before: What's this? A fictional biography of a real-life celebrity (Lillian Hellman), reimagining her as a larger-than-life/legendary character? And it's by Chuck Palahniuk? And it's the length of an average novel? Oh, my! What could go wrong? Oh, hell, I think I just jinxed it. May 2010 Leggi tutto
Okay, not my favorite Chuck Palahniuk book. I'm a pretty big fan, read ALL of his books and have seen him speak twice, which is a blast if you ever get the chance. Like always, he delivers in terms of a quick read, some social commentary, and a little bit of humor thrown in the mix (see: anything att Leggi tutto
This book only has 179 pages and yet i see that 13 of my magnetic clips ( thank you waterstones) cling to, self-evidently, 13 of the pages. They normally serve to mark things that I find particularly insightful or dates and details to remember but in this case they mark, to a large extent, places in Leggi tutto
Sigh. Oh Chuck. You're just convinced that you've found the magic formula, and you can churn out a book every year or two indefinitely, aren't you? I mean, this isn't as bad as Pygmy , or even Snuff , but it's on the same level as them. Ugh. First, it is barely a book; if we acknowledge that every new Leggi tutto
I am disappointed. Father Palahniuk, this is trash. You had me at Fight Club but this one is just depressing. disappointment #1: The plot was good. But it wasn't good enough. Predictable and boring. Miss Kathie's shit-filled Hollywood life is engagingly exxxagerated andbutso bitch, I give zero fucks. Leggi tutto
I found Tell-All to be a fine return to form for Palahniuk. Being Palahniuk, the book is, of course, gimmicky. He is Palahniuk, and gimmicky pastiche is the literary niche he's come to fill. But Tell-All is gimmicky with heart, soul and humanity – something I've found lacking in his previous two nov Leggi tutto
L'ho letto tutto d'un fiato. Abituarmi allo stile da sceneggiatura non è stato difficoltoso - alcune parti in effetti potevano essere tagliate - ma nel complesso l'ho adorato. In Cavie a Chuck Palahniuk era stato attribuito l'appellativo di "genio del male" ed anche qui IL GENIO ritorna.
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