Stranger Than Fiction

Stranger Than Fiction

True Stories

Book - 2004
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From the bestselling author ofFight ClubandDiary, a collection of essays and journalistic pieces that prove that real life has imagination beaten cold in the strangeness and wonder departments Chuck Palahniuk's world has always been, well, different from yours and mine. The pieces that compriseStranger Than Fiction, his first nonfiction collection, prove justhowdifferent, in ways both highly entertaining and deeply unsettling. Encounters with alternative culture heroes Marilyn Manson and Juliette Lewis; the peculiar wages of fame attendant on the big budget film production of the movieFight Club; life as an assembly-line drive train 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.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Doubleday, c2004.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780385504485
0385504489
Characteristics: xxii, 233 p.

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frankenme78
Jan 15, 2014

It just seemed immature to me, like a book that a somewhat intelligent teenager may read, just not interesting enough to hold my attention, I have read some of his other books and really enjoyed them, this man does have talent but this book was just not one of his best.

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Juli420
Jul 24, 2012

Beautiful. Reflective. Informative. A great collection of short stories in the true Palahniuk style.One of Palahniuk's best works. Very highly recommended.

xXxAlexanderxXx Jun 14, 2012

Honestly, I read this bok over 3 times trying so hard to understand the concept, and ofcourse I wasn't able to do so. This book is more likely for people who are IN this exact situations. otherwise you won't understand anything it's a matter of personal opinion from each author about life. Eh ..

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jbrannon
Jul 12, 2011

A great collection of short essays. In true Palahniuk style it starts with the alienatingly obsurd, the obscene writ large and then it somehow moves into the crushingly personal. First, it is someone else's personal, and then it is very much the author's own, until you are left with something very small, and very dense, and very transparent and very important. A small, small crystal of truth.

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