Dec 9, 2007

Haunted


I just finished reading Chuck Palahniuk's 2005 novel, Haunted. While Haunted has a storyline, it is presented as more a book of bizarre stories than a novel in the traditional sense. The core of the story about a group of writers who agree to isolate themselves from the world for 12 weeks while attending a writer's workshop run by a strange old man. The stories told are all autobiographical of each of the writers in attendance. The atmosphere of the workshop deteriorates as a combination of cabin fever and a hunger for fame takes hold of the group. The stories are gory, gross, funny and even poignant. I don't want to give any of the story (or stories) away, but this book is not for someone who would would be offended by graphic sexual or gory details. I enjoyed Haunted enough to want to read some of Chuck Palahniuk's other books, like Fight Club, Lullaby and Choke.

2 comments:

matt said...

David is a huge Palahniuk fan; y'all should discuss.

finijo said...

I did not know that about Davud - very cool. He is a new author for me, but he came highly recommended. I'm looking forward to reading some of Palahniuk's other books and talking to Dave about him, too.

Now I am reading my first Tom Robbins novel, also highly recommended - and so far, so good.