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Invisible Monsters. I N V I S I B L E M O N S T E R S Chuck Palahniuk W. W. Norton & Company New York • London For Geoff, who said, "This. This books (Invisible Monsters: A Novel [PDF]) Made by Chuck Palahniuk About Books Paperback. Pub Date: Pages: Publisher: WW. Chapter 1: Where you're supposed to be is some big West Hills wedding reception in a big manor house with flower arrangements and stuffed.
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In the recent history of US fiction, many critics have appropriated another label to refer to a number of stories that also describe the type of life carried out mostly by apparently valueless—although not specifically well- off—white protagonists: minimalism. In this sense, some of the characteristic features of narrative minimalism also share the ground with blank fiction. As often happens in blank fiction, in minimalist narratives space outweighs temporality; routine and repetition displace sophisticated plots; and life reads as a continuum that may abruptly come to an end while no ultimate sense of meaning is ever provided or demanded.
Readers may soon wonder what is the point or the moral of the story in any of these two types of realist fiction characteristic of the last decades of the 20th century.
Critics have frequently associated these fictional trends to nihilism and cultural relativism. Whether they are rich or poor, minimalist and blank protagonists frequently are non-heroic characters. The minimalist ones mostly spend their time watching TV, shopping at the mall, eating trash food, and consuming large quantities of beer.
The ones portrayed in blank fiction are involved in pornography and drug consumption and traffic, worship fashion and its many labels, are overtly selfish, and lack emotional care for other people. In both types of fiction, the sense of ethical compromise is difficult to find when not totally absent; frequently, their protagonists do not even consider the sentiments of the others.
From Theory to Practice However, the considerations that present life is valueless and that literature is a tool that should be used in ways more openly ethical are explicit in some contemporary novels and, in some occasions the two concepts become linked even in the fiction written by apparent blank authors.
Such seems to be the case of Chuck Palahniuk, the writer who became one of the latest celebrities in US fiction following the release, in , of the Hollywood film based on his first published novel, Fight Club This author shares many things in common with writers belonging to the two trends so far considered. More than once, he has praised the minimalist style while also recognizing the influence in his fiction of blank authors, especially of Bret Easton Ellis.
In the s, there was a double effort—progressive and conservative— from the grounds of critical and philosophical inquire to develop a moral code in textual practices that could put an end to the nihilistic relativism that, many thought, postmodernism had brought about.
There, before and after the outbreak of terrorist attacks and climate catastrophes, money was king and commodities the only aim. The quest for new values—or the recuperation of old ones—reiteratively ended up suffocated by that manifestation of moral emptiness described in so many instances of minimalist and blank fiction.
As some of the most relevant practitioners of these fictional trends showed, contemporary US citizens could aspire to little more than a life saturated by drugs, the preoccupation for AIDS, the rule of fashion, the beautiful people, the cult of violence, reality shows, computer hacking, trash food, poverty, divorce, or existential boredom.
Furthermore, the U. In their blank and minimalist fiction, writers—as theorists had also been doing—interrogated critical notions such as the fragmentation of the self, the importance of the stare in the social construction of reality, the role of mass media in the formation of identity or, ultimately, the physical and psychic limits between gender and sex. But I write compulsively. Since his first works of fiction, he has challenged commodified and trendy postmodernists, ab using some of their own devices to fire back at the valueless society they helped to create.
His grotesque style, however, takes his personages frequently to a final situation where they must face their own valueless condition; they reach an earthly hell from which they revert by means of an ethical impulse characterized by an explosion of feeling for the other.
Emotional communication has become a big problem in our contemporary post-industrial society. However, cell phones or computers have proved incapable of defeating that sense of loneliness that McLuhan already prophesized in his influential Understanding Media Conscious of the posthuman plague and the rule of Baudrillardian simulations, Palahniuk does not seem to be fully satisfied with the ambiguous blank descriptions of his immediate literary predecessors.
He goes a step forward and enters an emotional quest for the other that he makes explicit by affirming, in different parts of Stranger Than Fiction, that one of the main devices he uses to gather information before writing a novel is joining From Theory to Practice different groups of people.
The world is made of people, he says, who want to tell you their stories, and his role as writer is, therefore, to be a listener before re-telling those stories in his own fiction. However, as likely as not, first-time readers of his fiction will be shocked by his depiction of lives and events, and by the world-views provided by his narrators. These features are grotesque exaggerations of the society described by blank fictionists. Violence, drugs, hard-core sex, gender transgressions, mass-media simulacra, and explicit crime become the basic material expressed in his minimalist style.
The event leads him to explain why he had become a volunteer. You sit in the dark and say, someday. Shannon has no idea what she will do when she is released from the hospital, but wastes little time worrying about it. On the day her bandages are removed, Shannon goes to the store without covering her wounds. Shannon is shocked at the reactions of the other customers.
Shannon meets Brandy Alexander in the speech therapist's office. Brandy Alexander tells Shannon that her past is not important.
Brandy suggests that Shannon forget the past and rewrite herself in order to create a new future. Brandy also shows Shannon how to fashion veils for herself in order to hide her disfigurement. Shannon finds Brandy fascinating and they become fast friends. When Shannon is released from the hospital, she goes to her friend Evie's home.
Evie has to go out of town almost immediately on a modeling job and leaves Shannon alone. In the middle of the night, Shannon hears a car pull up outside and someone enter the house.
Shannon goes downstairs to find her ex-fiance, Manus Kelley, poised to kill her. Shannon manages to lock Manus in a closet and tries to call for help.
The atheist. The agnostic. Your folks are like God because you want to know they're out there and you want them to approve of your life, still you only call them when you're in crisis and need something. Seth says how your being born makes your parents god. As long as you're drinking, drinking is okay. Two's company. Drinking is fun.
If there's a bottle, even if your glass isn't empty, he'll pour a little in your glass before he fills his own. This only looks like generosity. Almost all the time, you tell yourself you're loving somebody when you're just using them. This only looks like love. Sometimes the best way to deal with shit, she says, is to not hold yourself as such a precious little prize. The nurse brings me the personal classified ads from a newsletter.
Sister Katherine peers down her nose and through the glasses to read: Guys seeking slim, adventurous girls for fun and romance. And, yes, it's true, not one single guy specifically excludes hideous mutilated girls with growing medical bills.
The same way a compact disk isn't responsible for what's recorded on it, that's how we are. You're about as free to act as a programmed computer.
You're about as one-of-a-kind as a dollar bill. All of you is a cooperative effort. Just wanting to get out of the trap reinforces the trap. Don't be trying all the time to fix things. What you run from only stays with you longer.
When you fight something, you only make it stronger. Evie starts telling me about an idea she has for a remake of Cinderella, only instead of the little birds and animals making her a dress, they do cosmetic surgery. Bluebirds give her a facelift. Squirrels give her implants.
Snakes, liposuction. Plus, Cinderella starts out as a lonely little boy. To not make mistakes" Brandy says, "I figure, the bigger the mistake looks, the better chance I'll have to break out and live a real life. It's because we're so trapped in our culture, in the being of being human on this planet with the brains we have, and the same two arms and two legs everybody has.
We're so trapped that any way we could imagine to escape would be just another part of the trap. Anything we want, we're trained to want. A sexual reassignment surgery is a miracle for some people, but if you don't want it, it's the ultimate form of self-mutilation. Your birth is a mistake you'll spend your whole life trying to correct.
When you don't share your problems, you resent hearing the problems of other people.
All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring. Mostly what I hate about Evie is the fact that she's so vain and stupid and needy. But what I hate most is how she's just like me. What I really hate is me so I hate pretty much everybody.
Everybody here thinks the whole story is about them.The way a crippled deformed birth-defected disfigured girl can drive her car with the windows open and not care how the wind makes her hair look, that's the kind of freedom I was after.
Shannon needs Brandy to help her. In effect, at the end of the novel the pessimist Lacanian contemplation of the other—here reiteratively associated to selfishness—gives way, in a surprising twist, to a return to the other as a Face that summons the subject to react in an ethical way.
Since his first works of fiction, he has challenged commodified and trendy postmodernists, ab using some of their own devices to fire back at the valueless society they helped to create. While adjusting to this new life, Shannon meets Brandy Alexander, a flamboyant transgender who teaches Shannon that a person's past does not have to define their future. The quest for new values—or the recuperation of old ones—reiteratively ended up suffocated by that manifestation of moral emptiness described in so many instances of minimalist and blank fiction.