Hardcover, 208 pages
Published May 20, 2008 - Doubleday
Purchased at Border's
From Publishers Weekly:
Palahniuk's audacious ninth novel tells the story of Cassie Wright, an aging porn queen who intends to put an exclamation point on her career by having sex with 600 men in one day on film. The story begins with Mr. 600 - the pornosaur who introduced Cassie to the business - as he describes the other 599 actors awaiting their moment on screen. The perspective then shifts to Mr. 72, an adopted Midwestern 20-something who is one of the many young men claiming to be Cassie's long-lost son. Mr. 137, a has-been television star hoping to revive his career, wants to ask Cassie's hand in marriage so that the two can star in a reality show. But for a novel centered around a gargantuan gangbang, there's surprisingly little action; the small amount of narrative movement takes place backstage, where characters attempt to get a sense of one another while waiting for their number to be called. There are sharp moments when Palahniuk compassionately and candidly examines the flesh-on-film industry, but mostly this reads like a cross between the Spice Channel and Days of Our Lives.
I didn't really know what to expect going into this. I'd heard of Palahniuk before, and I loved the movie Fight Club. I was surprised by this book, but in a good way. I thought it was extremely hilarious, and I loved all of the titles he came up with for the porno's that Cassie Wright had stared in: Titty Titty Gang Bang and The Ass Menagerie. I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a good laugh, and a quick read.
Writing Style: 4
About Chuck Palahniuk
Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk is an American Transgressional fiction novelist and freelance journalist of Ukranian ancestry born in Pasco, Washington. The press release for his book, Rant, states that he is now living in Vancouver, Washington. He is best known for the award-winning novel Fight Club, which was later made into a film directed by David Finchner.