15 Thoughts I Have While Reading Chuck Palahniuk
The drive to my in-law’s takes a minimum of four hours, so each visit to them is a great opportunity to get through an audio book!
My husband is not too picky about his audio book content so he generally lets me choose our title for the trip, since I usually do most of the driving. I usually try to pick something I know we’re both interested in, but this time the available audio books on my Overdrive Wish List were few in number.
This weekend I picked Tell All by Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club, because my husband hasn’t read anything by him and was willing to give it a try, despite my full disclosure that “it’s gonna be reeeeaaaal weird.”
About 30 minutes into the book, I paused it to ask my husband what he thought so far. He was liking it okay, then added “but you may have to explain to me what’s going on.” My answer was something like I’m not so sure myself so we’ll just have to figure it out together!
As we continued listening to the book putting together what was going on, I found myself saying “Yeah, that’s his style” often, to explain the author’s trademark bizarre characters and crude sexual descriptions.
It got me thinking about the other things I’ve often repeated, sometimes in thoughts to myself, while reading Palahniuk’s novels.
2. Is this whole thing happening in Hell?
3. Is the main character a Succubus?
4. Is the narrator the Grim Reaper?
5. I don’t get it.
6. Okay, now I think I get it.
7. Ugh…I don’t get it.
8. Are all the characters actually did?
9. Is she talking about reanimated corpses?
10. Wow, that’s gross.
11. Is she going to kill everybody?
12. This is so awesome.
13. What in the world?…
14. How does he come up with that stuff?
15. Oh that’s classic Palahniuk…
I love Chuck Palahniuk, even though I don’t always love each book. I appreciate his reputation for writing edgy material and pushing readers’ buttons. Even when I read a book’s synopsis, the story never turns out to unfurl the way I’d imagined.
Have you read any Palahniuk? What did you think?