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Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk

Snuff (2008)

by Chuck Palahniuk

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    freetrader: Style very similar. Palahniuk more hilaric (not in Snuf, but in Choke e.g.), Coupland more philosophic. While reading it i was sometimes under the impression that i was reading Palahniuk. Are they the same, have they merged into one media event latley ?

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Typical Palahniuk, dazzling prose, all kinds of trivia and minutiae about the topic on hand, porn, no less. In the end, fairly harsh and soulless. The book moved along very quickly and I finished it in three days, but did not learn much other than the fact that life in the porn industry is brutal, demeaning and eventually kills you in the end.
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  RekhainBC | Feb 15, 2019 |
Interesting characters with a closed room setting like no other. Classic Palahniuk. ( )
  brakketh | Aug 27, 2017 |
This book is ways-away from my comfort zone, and I'm the type of cat who welcomes any piece of art which has the gall to fling shocking shit at us the spectators/consumers/readers. I always read that Chuck Palahniuk was the kind of writer whose not afraid to ruffle some feathers, I can see that in this narrative. The book is not for everybody as this is the book your parents warn you about. Picture this:
Six Hundred dudes. One girl, a world record for the ages. Yep, that's right, it's exactly what you're thinking about.

You like to snack while reading? you'll be wise to quell the cravings while reading this book (specially chocolate) or anything resembling body fluids. Yep, nasty descriptive prose comes at you when you least expect it. Fancy a bit of Necrophilia? Yep, it happens here--somewhat--all told to us in the first person narrative by four of the participants/protagonists(I found that narrative vehicle interesting) strangely though; the aging porn star who is to accomplish this world record, is not one of the narrators which kind-a bummed me out, I would have liked to see her point of view, but then again it might just be that her story or arch was too depressing hence the reason why he left her out? still kinda strange tough.

Writing to shock the reader,to get people talking about the events in this unusual story which is not exactly about the porn industry by the way, there's a little of that but not as much as one would think. And also, to make the reader take a shower after reading the book. Don't know if that'll help much though.


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  Verge0007 | May 21, 2017 |
Just finished reading Chuck Palahniuk’s Gang Bang (Snuff) in which Cassie Wright wants to establish the world record for the biggest gang bang ever, with 600 men, but she also wants to die while doing it due to a vaginal embolus or because of a cyanide pill. The narrating voices are 4: Mr. 600 (an adult film star that introduced Cassie to the porn industry in an awful way), Mr. 72 (a young man that thinks he’s the son that Cassie gave up for adoption), Mr. 137 (an infamously notorious actor that made a gang bang themed film for the gay porn industry) and Sheila (Cassie Wright’s assistant); they all narrate in 1st person and they tell you their and Cassie’s stories as Sheila calls three people at a time that have sex with Cassie for like a minute and then leave. The language is kinda vulgar, but not that much considering the theme; the book has to be strong and prudishness is not allowed. The pages go easily and is not a difficult reading, but reality hits hard because you understand that adult film stars are much more than concealed butts, exaggerated orgasms and supersized penises. They have stories, often really sad stories and a past from which they try to run away. Cassie is strong enough to take the situation for a long time, but now she’s getting old and this film is the climax (pun intended) of her carrier, she wants to solve her problems then to quit. Forever.

This book is totally readable, but like a soft candy with an hard center because it has a moral, so if you have 4-5 hours and you don’t know what to read you should really consider this book. ( )
  Aimapotis | Jan 3, 2017 |
I thought Fight Club was genius but Snuff was a weak effort. A provocative subject but I don't think he did anything meaningful. Seems like a vehicle to show how clever he could be coming up with titles for porno movies. Disappointing. ( )
  ghefferon | Feb 6, 2016 |
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Duchess : Diamonds are of most value, They say, that have pass'd through most jeweller's hands.

Ferdinand: Whores, by that rule, are precious.

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One dude stood all afternoon at the buffet wearing just his boxers, licking the orange dust off barbecued potato chips.
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In the crowded greenroom of a porn-movie production, hundreds of men mill around in their boxers, awaiting their turn with the legendary Cassie Wright. An aging adult film star, Cassie Wright intends to cap her career by breaking the world record for serial fornication by having sex with 600 men on camera—one of whom may want to kill her. Told from the perspectives of Mr. 72, Mr. 137, Mr. 600, and Sheila, the talent wrangler who must keep it all under control, Snuff is a dark, wild, and lethally funny novel that brings the presence of pornography in contemporary life into the realm of literary fiction.

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A full-frontal triple-X novel that goes where no American work of fiction has gone before. A porn star intends to cap her career by breaking the record for on-screen fornication.

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