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Snuff (2008)

by Chuck Palahniuk

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    Player One: What Is to Become of Us by Douglas Coupland (freetrader)
    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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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 |
Certainly the filthiest book I've ever read but also one of the funniest. ( )
  Superenigmatix | Jan 16, 2016 |
Reading this book definitely put me on Santa's naughty list. This is possibly the tawdriest, most body-functional disgusting book that is legal for public distribution. There's actually some interesting sub-plotting, inventive narratives, fun puns and a psychotic ending. I read it because I wanted to try out Palahniuk, who appears to be extremely visceral with go-for-the-throat visuals. This definitely makes me want to read more of his work, but I don't recommend this for anyone. Your time is better spent reading or doing almost anything else.
  MartinBodek | Jun 11, 2015 |
Perhaps I've just lost my taste for the grotesque, but I did not enjoy this book very much, nor did I think it said anything terribly insightful.

There is one moment of shining brilliance that made me give this book one more star than it probably deserves. On page 35, when Kid 72 describes his suburban dad and his friends constructing model train sets of prostitutes and drug dealers, Palahniuk absolutely nails the middle class fetishization of urban decay. I could read an entire book about a group of messed-up suburbanites who get off on treating the drama of the extremely disadvantaged as their own personal soap opera, driving around the hood like it's some sort of depressing zoo. I wish he had written that book instead. ( )
  brleach | Jan 26, 2015 |
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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.

-John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi (I.ii)
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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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Gang Bang is the Italian edition of Snuff.
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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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