Haunted is on one level a satire of reality television: The Real World meets Alive. 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, Haunted is Chuck Palahniuk at his finest, which means his most extreme and his most provocative.
©2005 Chuck Palahniuk; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"[The stories] consistently, powerfully transcend their macabre premises to showcase the heart beating beneath the horrors." (Publishers Weekly)
I was a little unsure of whether to begin this book on my 10 hour car ride to my parents house due to all of the warnings in other reviews; however, I took the chance and I'm glad I did. It's definitely a book for people intrigued by what people are capable of.
Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.
It is up there for one reason, Twisted and fearless in this twisted-ness
Whittier; can't tell too much but because he is a classically corrupt, twisted, fiendish type of dude.
Hmm, can't say...a voice
Yes and No....sometimes you just need to process what you just heard for a minute....chew on it ((wink))
If you like dark, dirty, twisted and taboo this book is sooo for you!
Yes - but only those who like to get down and dirty with their morals!
I don't think you can go past St Gutfree and the opening story. Listen and squirm! The story about the anatomically detailed dolls runs a close second - I almost had to pull my car to the side of the road at certain parts of that story - its hard to drive, squirm and cringe at the same time!
The one thing I would add to this is that there are really no "likeable" characters in this book, and as a group they become despicable. Thats what makes it fun ;)
Narration was excellent - probably the best I've heard in an audiobook. Perfect.
I really enjoyed this book, and intend to go on a "Chuck-a-thon" over the next few months!
Well Mr. Chuck Palahniuk if you wanted to write a story that makes readers think about it long after they have finished it you have succeeded. This was my first Palahniuk novel and I was absolutely amazed by the imagination and depravity in this story. You learn about the characters through short stories about their life or experiences they have had which paints a grand picture of the personalities that are gathered for a writers retreat. While learning more and more about each character the main plot of the story moves along told by a participant that remains unidentified (or one that is and I missed it while being too engrossed in the other characters).
From the very first short story about one of the characters I was left thinking and wondering about the characters and plot even when I wasn't listening to the story. While it did seem unlikely that such an interesting group of people could come together out of happenstance I am sure glad the author put them all there. I couldn't help but be enthralled with the stories each character told and how they would bring their personality to the overall plot. This book offers a glimpse into the depths of depravity people are willing to sink to when backed into a corner. Some parts seem unbelievable or gratuitous, but they do add color the big picture. Which I felt was that people will sink to unbelievable lows when faced with extreme circumstances.
I do feel obligated to warn people that this novel is very graphic even gut wrenching at parts. However, it is told with such a satirical tone that it seems to make even the most grotesque of situations laughable. I found myself laughing throughout this story which made it all the more enjoyable. So if sickening actions and imagery aren't for you then skipping it might be the best option, but you may never know what you missed out on.
The only thing more amazing to me than this story is how anyone could have ever imagined all of these characters stories. The overall plot of this book is one that has been done many times with characters cut straight from a cookie sheet and a predictable storyline. Chuck Palahniuk takes that story and throws in so much color that it is almost blinding. There is nothing boring or predictable about Haunted. It is easily one of my favorite books I have read in a long time. Lastly, I think that no matter how grotesque and unsettling this book may be it could still fall short of what humans in the real world would be capable of given the same circumstances.
I decided to get it when one reviewer said it was like the author was daring you to keep reading to the end. Yeah, he kind of was. But it was a funny book -- if you have a sick sense of humor like I do. If you like Chuck you'll probably like this one.
Ok, this was my first Palahniuk book, but I really liked it. It was vile (Sir Gut Free), weird (Lady Baglady), and funny all in one. This is the way I like books. I also like that it's 23 short stories all lumped into one main story. I will certainly read Palahniuk again.
There is no book like this one.
I had several favorites from the different short stories. But, I would have to say Cora getting her revenge on her co-workers was one of the best.
Oh wow, I can't say. I liked many of them for different reasons.
I like horror, science fiction, transgressive writing, and some nonfiction.
It's really a collection of short stories connected to a larger story. It's a clever idea and an enjoyable piece of writing, but it's not for the easily offended.
I got this to play in my car during a road trip with my 19 year old daughter. She is a huge fan of Palahniuk and wanted us to have something to listen too during a long boring drive. Disturbingly riveting the story provides a very interesting story of a "team" of anti-heros who are strangely confronted with weird conflicts. For some weird reason, it reminds me of Watchmen, the hugely popular graphic novel.
We did experience technical difficulties and was unable to finish the book because the second half would never download. Still curious how it ends.
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