Saturday, August 22, 2015

Invisible Monsters

Invisible MonstersInvisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sum it up in a sentence (or two): Our narrator, a disfigured beauty queen, describes the events prior to and after her accident, all leading up to her former best friend's wedding.

First thoughts: What am I reading?

Favorite quotes:
"It's a hundred generations removed from anything original, but the truth is aren't we all?" -p14

"...the only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open." -Brandy Alexander, p86

"Whatever you're thinking, a million other folks are thinking. Whatever you do, they're doing, and none of you is responsible. All of you is a cooperative effort." -Brandy Alexander, p218

"What you run from only stays with you longer. When you fight something, you only make it stronger." -Brandy Alexander, p220

Final thoughts: Lots of them. Invisible Monsters has a slow start, and takes some time to get used to the narration, but then BAM. Things start falling into place and the pieces all connect. This is a great narrative about the impermanence of beauty and identity, origins, and the evolution of self.

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