The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Chuck Palahniuk---A Genius

Palahniuk's book Haunted is brilliant.  If you are a writer, it's a novel you will have to add to your "must read" list.  The basic plot is so quirky, and twisted, you won't want to put it down.

The premise is this: a group of writers go on an extended writing retreat.  They are cut off from all outside contact for three months, all so they can write the next great American novel.  However, they soon realize that they don't have anything to write about, so they start doing things to each other to inspire themselves.

The book is written from the perspective of the various writers.  Each story from each writer begins with a free verse poem (or perhaps some prose; I'm not sure).

Warning: One of the first stories called "Guts" is quite graphic (as far as what teenaged boys will do to gratify themselves).  But, it doesn't get any grosser than that.  (And I'll admit, that story was like a gory car accident...I couldn't tear my attention away from it.)

Check Palahniuk out if you like books that are wicked cool, quirky, and well written...

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