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Diary by Chuck Palahniuk

Diary (edition 2003)

by Chuck Palahniuk

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Authors:Chuck Palahniuk
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Diary by Chuck Palahniuk

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    twomoredays: The entire time I was reading The Gargoyle I was reminded of Palahniuk's work. Marianne of The Gargoyle reminds me of some of Palahniuk's female characters, but at the same time everything is cast in such a different light in Davidson's work that it stands apart. Fans of Diary may very well be interested in The Gargoyle and likewise fans of The Gargoyle should check out Diary.… (more)

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  ChrisPisarczyk | Mar 17, 2016 |
Good stuff.. ( )
  johnfishlock | Dec 18, 2015 |
(35) For some reason I thought I would never read or enjoy a novel by this author - based on something I heard, maybe about 'Fight Club,' but I forget what I heard and am really not sure why I have never read Palahniuk before. I chose this for a Halloween read after a little internet search for literary horror. Misty Marie Kleinman is writing in a diary after her husband is found in a coma from a suicide attempt. They live on Waytansea Island where tourists have overrun the locals. Strange happenings abound regarding art, inspiration, old folklore, mysterious writings found in walled off rooms that her husband worked on - they seem to suggest an upcoming apocalyptic event. Before long, Misty is drawn into an island-wide intrigue and it is not clear WTF is going on -- to the reader or the writer of said diary. But it is cleverly and sharply written in a visceral way that makes for great entertainment.

This is more of a psychological thriller as opposed to real horror or mystery - though there certainly are some mysteries and reveals. I found it a bit overwrought at parts especially about paint colors, and other art-type facts. But I loved the crazy storytelling from the mind of an increasingly deranged narrator. I loved the occasional grotesque description - the pin through the nipple, the pugilist pose with the uber-long fingernails, the knife in the shinbone, etc - very well-done re: chilling and bile-raising without being gory.

Definitely a good, if kooky, read and perfect for me for Halloween. Not scary. Not brain-teasingly mysterious. Really kind-of genre bending, hard to give it a name. Better written than Stephen King, less classy than Sarah Waters, crazier than Tana French but in a way reminiscent and recommended by those who like those authors. I will definitely read him again if I am in the mood to suspend my disbelief and be slightly shocked and repelled. ( )
1 vote jhowell | Oct 28, 2015 |
Palahniuk, Chuck

An artist, detoured by life into a bizarre marriage to a local scion and motherhood, finds herself being relentlessly maneuvered into taking up her paint brush again. The plot is rhythmically driven by diary entries and "weather" reports. "The weather today is increasing concern followed by full-blown dread." (The weather reports became my favorite part of the book — and now I come up with my own.) Comments addressed to and about her husband, who is now in a coma, punctuate the narrative and keep him a main character in the story. The impression that the narrator is possibly unreliable renders the unspooling of the underlying conspiracy of the story borderline atmospheric. The ending veers off at the last minute, ruining (in a good way) any confidence the reader might have had thinking that they knew what was going to happen. Great setting, great details, and interesting style elements make this a memorable reading experience. Reminiscent of Vonnegut's rhythmic repetitions, and Christopher Moore's Practical Demonkeeping came to mind because of the characters' eccentricities and attachment to place.
Recommended December 2013
  dawsong | Jun 15, 2015 |
Took me a long time (ummm...almost the whole book) to figure out what it was even about since my copy had no blurb - just praise for other Palahniuk books. It was interesting though. I liked the contrasting voices of the story (second person and third person). It reminded me a lot of Palahniuk's "I am Jack's {X}" from Fight Club. I don't know why.

Crappy review is crappy... ( )
  benuathanasia | Jan 27, 2015 |
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For my grandfather, Joseph Tallent, who told me to be whatever I wanted. 1910-2003
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Today, a man called from Long Beach.
We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.
We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.
(Je těžké zapomenout na bolest, ale ještě těžší je pamatovat si to pěkné. Po štěstí nám nezůstanou žádné jizvy. Z klidu a míru se tak pramálo poučíme. (s. 188))
Where do you get your inspiration?
Čemu nerozumíme, to si můžeme vysvětlit jakkoli. (s. 86)
Snad kvůli tomuhle ho Misty milovala. Milovala tě. Protože jsi v ni věřil o tolik víc, než si věřila sama. Očekával od ní o tolik víc, než od sebe očekávala sama. (s. 87)
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Chuck Palahniuk, the bestselling author of Fight Club, Choke, and Lullaby continues his twenty-first-century reinvention of the horror novel in this scary and profound look at our quest for some sort of immortality.

Diary takes the form of a “coma diary” kept by one Misty Tracy Wilmot as her husband lies senseless in a hospital after a suicide attempt. Once she was an art student dreaming of creativity and freedom; now, after marrying Peter at school and being brought back to once quaint, now tourist-overrun Waytansea Island, she’s been reduced to the condition of a resort hotel maid. Peter, it turns out, has been hiding rooms in houses he’s remodeled and scrawling vile messages all over the walls—an old habit of builders but dramatically overdone in Peter’s case. Angry homeowners are suing left and right, and Misty’s dreams of artistic greatness are in ashes. But then, as if possessed by the spirit of Maura Kinkaid, a fabled Waytansea artist of the nineteenth century, Misty begins painting again, compulsively. But can her newly discovered talent be part of a larger, darker plan? Of course it can …
Diary is a dark, hilarious, and poignant act of storytelling from America’s favorite, most inventive nihilist. It is Chuck Palahniuk’s finest novel yet.

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Misty Wilmot has had it. Once a promising young artist, she's now stuck on an island ruined by tourism, drinking too much and working as a waitress in a hotel. Her husband, a contractor, is in a coma after a suicide attempt, but that doesn't stop his clients from threatening Misty with lawsuits over a series of vile messages they've found on the walls of houses he remodeled. Suddenly, though, Misty finds her artistic talent returning as she begins a period of compulsive painting. Inspired but confused by this burst of creativity, she soon finds herself a pawn in a larger conspiracy that threatens to cost hundreds of lives. What unfolds is a dark, hilarious story from America's most inventive nihilist, and Palahniuk's most impressive work to date.… (more)

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