A Novel of Stories

Book - 2005
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Hauntedby Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: Twenty-three of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter--sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined "Writers' Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months," and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of "real life" that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them. But "here" turns out to be a cavernous and ornate old theater where they are utterly isolated from the outside world--and where heat and power and, most important, food are in increasingly short supply. And the more desperate the circumstances become, the more extreme the stories they tell--and the more devious their machinations become to make themselves the hero of the inevitable play/movie/nonfiction blockbuster that will surely be made from their plight. Hauntedis on one level a satire of reality television--The Real WorldmeetsAlive. It draws from a great literary tradition--The Canterbury Tales,The Decameron, the English storytellers in the Villa Diodati who produced, among other works,Frankenstein--to tell an utterly contemporary tale of people desperate that their story be told at any cost. Appallingly entertaining,Hauntedis Chuck Palahniuk at his finest--which means his most extreme and his most provocative.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385509480
Branch Call Number: PAL
Characteristics: 404 p.


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Jul 22, 2015

An incredible collection of short stories brought together by a gruesome concept that reveal the worst sides of humanity. Not for the faint of heart or queasy readers. An interesting psychological viewpoint that touches on so many subjects that it never gets boring. One of my favourites!

lib_apart Nov 12, 2014

This collection of short stories takes its cue from the retreat where Mary Shelley, John Polidori and Lord Byron met to brainstorm new stories, and from which the idea for Frankenstein sprung forth, but there the similarity ends. These 23 writers answer an ad for an artist's retreat, which they hope will be peaceful and productive, only to find themselves trapped and slowly losing it. There are some very vivid tales here, but the image that sticks in my mind is the thought of stepping barefoot on dollhouse furniture. Frightening.

Jul 02, 2012

Never before have I been so physically affected by a book. My stomach could barely handle the first short story "Guts", and the rest of the novel barely faltered.

Love Palahniuk and his work, this one was very good.


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