Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk

And you thought you had a F’ed up Family?

Revisiting your favorite books, movies or tv shows can be anxiety enduing. There is always a part of us that fears that it will not be as good as the first time. The memory of that delightful first time will forever be ruined. A past favorite remains some sort of sacred cow, and we shy away from them. Plus, there is always a ton of amazing new stuff we need to check out. Right?

Wrong. There is always more to be gained from revisiting past favorites. And if you want to know more about those joyous gains, you can check out my post on Seneca and Reading.

The book follows three very unique, eccentric characters, and we see them through the eyes of our narrator and protagonist. Her real name is a mystery at the beginning of the novel. She hangs around with, the self-proclaimed queen, Brandy Alexander, a tall, sexy woman, with large hands, and Alfa Romeo, a sort of jumpy, sensitive chap, with a lot of theories or delusions about what the world is or how it should be.

Naturally, none of these names are their real names. As the novel progresses and jumps around in time, we find out more about those characters, who there are and how did they end up as a sort of social outcast, who like to go from house to house and taking people’s prescription drugs. And we also find out why Evie Catrell, the protagonist’s former roommate is so pissed, engulfed in flames, and trying to shoot someone with a shotgun at the beginning of the novel. There’s a lot of pain, suffering, and forgiveness, to themselves and to each other. But also flat-out hate and malice. It’s a wild and unforgettable ride, if you like Palahniuk or any book with eccentric characters you are bound to blaze through the book in one sitting.

As with any other Chuck Palahniuk work, there are a lot of quotes there that are worth taking a second look at or even taking a whole afternoon and ruminating about them. Here are some of my favorites:

A proud Texan woman speaking about her son’s sex change:

A tax deduction is a tax deduction.

Texans seem to be a lot more comfortable around disastrous house fires than they are around anal sex.

God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.

Your birth is a mistake you’ll spend your whole life trying to correct.

When did the future, Ellis once wrote on the back of a postcard, switch from being a promise to a threat?

▪ Almost all the time, you tell yourself you’re loving somebody when you’re just using them.

“Then puberty makes you Satan,”

▪ Evie says, “It’s not living alone if you keep a rifle under the bed.”

I write:

I know girls who say that about their dildos.

And Evie says, “Gross! I’m not that way at all with my rifle!”

Game shows are designed to make us feel better about the random, useless facts that are all we have left of our education.

Yeah, he was pretty mutilated, but not in a sexy way.

It’s the Marilyn Monroe school of medicine where enough of any drug will cure any disease.”

▪ She says, “You probably don’t want to date a rapist, not right off. Nobody’s that desperate.”

Most women know this feeling of being more and more invisible everyday.

Any smart woman knows a beautiful man is her best fashion accessory.

▪ It’s a hundred generations removed from anything original, but the truth is aren’t we all?

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