First, my tepid praise has something to do with the placement of this novel in the "gay and lesbian" category. It does not belong there. There is no gay character, so this may be why I found the story puzzling for a few hours. (Perhaps the author is gay.) Maybe this is the only reason I am writing a review.
Second, the writing style is as much poetry as prose. The sentences are short or are occasionally only phrases; certain figures of speech are repeated [too] frequently. If Marcel Proust is bel canto, Chuck Palahniuk is rap. Since more people listen to Tupac Shakur than Bellini, who cares what I think! The story is inventive, but it failed to be suspenseful, believable, or mature.
I have no issue with the reader, as others did. I think that her deadpan delivery might have been exactly what the author wrote.
Chuck Palahniuk is a great author. I've bought this book multiple times already but I enjoy listening while driving too.
One thing that bothers me is when the narrator just isn't right or the voices change change with each character and it doesn't sound right. Particularly when a male reads a female part. However Martha Plimpton does an incredible job reading all female voices so that they sound the part and it doesn't throw you or some weird when she reads a male voice.
Really enjoyed this, especially the narrator. The story was also very interesting and well-written, if you like Palahniuk's style.
A former globetrotting surf punk turned homeowner with ecclectic tastes. Classics, horror, crime, biographies or lectures? Yes please!
Yes, I always enjoy looking through this author's eyes. This is not his best work, though.
No character in particular, but she did a great job at what must have been pretty challenging material to work with.
Kill anybody wearing cheap costume jewelry...especially if they are from an island.
I always like Palahniuk's stuff, although my favorite will always be Lullaby. This one was entertaining and had some surreal, dark fantasy elements to it. It centers around the Diary a wife is keeping for her husband, who is in a coma...and she also decides to renew her pursuit of painting amidst small town, psycho weirdness.
It was a good read and included some of the author's trademark interesting social observations.
I am constantly on the road and a voracious reader, so audiobooks are a must!
This is my second Chuck Palahniuk book, and I was not disappointed. This is the story of a woman who grew up in a trailer park in Georgia and ended up on an island in New England. She was destined to be an artist, but that dream is long gone by the time we meet her. Now she is a (practically) single mother struggling to make it on an island full of old blood with no money. What used to be her husband lies comatose and she must now find a way to keep her daughter and mother-in-law alive. Meanwhile the other islanders, as broke as she is, keep looking to her to pick up her paints again. This is a supernatural book...I don't know that I'd call it a thriller per se, but it does have its moments. This one is definitely worth the time.
Martha Plimpton (I remember her from The Goonies, though you may know her from Raising Hope) does a fantastic job as our heroine; she captures her frustration, rage, exhaustion, and even hope beautifully. She was an excellent choice for narrator of this book.