Chuck Palahniuk's world has been, well, different from yours and mine.
The pieces that comprise Non-Fiction prove just how different, in ways both highly entertaining and deeply unsettling.
Encounters with alternative culture heroes Marilyn Manson and Juliette Lewis; the peculiar wages of fame attendant on the big budget film production of the movie Fight Club; life as an assembly-line drive train installer by day, hospice volunteer driver by night; the really peculiar lives of submariners; the really violent world of college wrestlers; the underground world of anabolic steroid gobblers; the harrowing circumstances of his father's murder and the trial of his killer - each essay or vignette offers a unique facet of existence as lived in and/or observed by one of America's most flagrantly daring and original literary talents.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 28/05/2005
- Category: Literary essays
- ISBN: 9780099437970
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Review by DRFP
A mixed bag this collection. Palahniuk's journalist pieces are fairly boring to be honest. He offers no commentary on the events covered, instead letting them speak for themselves. Yet the matters involved are a little too self-evident and as a result these pieces read as nothing more than bland reporting.The interview section is a lot better and Palahniuk illuminates some interesting characters in a surprising manner. The personal section of the book is equally good. Sure, one can't believe all of Palahniuk's self-hype, but there are some very good short pieces here and it's well worth reading overall.