23 December 2008 ~ 0 Comments

(Book) Stranger Than Fiction by Chuck Palahniuk


Some of these stories lived up to “Stranger Than Fiction”, but some fell a little flat for me. I thought all stories would have me googling “is that real??”. Not a bad book and worth a read for the half of the stories that do you have you wondering if it could even possibly be true (that first one I thought for sure was made up). Wow. Read if you are a Chuck P fan, you’ll appreciate the dark humor of it.


Chuck Palahniuk’s world has always been, well, different from yours and mine. The pieces that comprise Stranger than Fiction, his first nonfiction collection, prove just how different, in ways both highly entertaining and deeply unsettling. Included are encounters with alternative culture heroes Marilyn Manson and Juliette Lewis; the peculiar wages of fame attendant on the big-budget film production of the movie Fight Club; life as an assembly-line drivetrain installer by day, hospice volunteer driver by night; the really peculiar lives of submariners; the really violent world (and mangled ears) of college wrestlers; the underground world of iron-pumping anabolic-steroid gobblers; the immensely upsetting circumstances of his father’s murder and the trial of his killer—each essay or vignette offers a unique facet of existence as lived in and/or observed by one of our most flagrantly daring and original literary talents.

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