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Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories (original: 2004; edição: 2005)

de Chuck Palahniuk

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Chuck Palahniuk's world has always been, well, different from yours and mine. The pieces that compriseStranger than Fiction, his first nonfiction collection, prove justhowdifferent, in ways both highly entertaining and deeply unsettling. Included are encounters with alternative culture heroes Marilyn Manson and Juliette Lewis; the peculiar wages of fame attendant on the big-budget film production of the movieFight Club; life as an assembly-line drivetrain installer by day, hospice volunteer driver by night; the really peculiar lives of submariners; the really violent world (and mangled ears) of college wrestlers; the underground world of iron-pumping anabolic-steroid gobblers; the immensely upsetting 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 our most flagrantly daring and original literary talents.… (mais)
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Título:Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories
Autores:Chuck Palahniuk
Informação:Anchor (2005), Paperback, 256 pages
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I could have never predicted how boring this would be. ( )
  uncleflannery | May 16, 2020 |
I like Palahniuks writing and have read several of his novels. This I also enjoyed (on audio) but for the fact that many of the stories, including ones in the personal section, came across to me as backhandedly mocking. The people and events were laid out soundly enough and were entertaining but I couldn't get past the feeling he was secretly (or not so secretly) rolling his eyes at most of his subjects. Could've been the narration, though the author himself read some. Maybe I'm wrong. ( )
  jldarden | Jan 27, 2020 |
The last few books of Palahniuk's that I've read have given diminishing returns. There's been a lot of eye-rolling from me of late, which is too bad.

'Stranger Than Fiction' is just what I needed to rekindle my interest. Being a collection of non-fiction essays, it's a great change of pace. Together and separately, the essays and stories are the freshest things I've read from Palahniuk in years. He is a writer that has worked hard to hone his talents and it shows.

The only quibble I have with the book is that there are no individual introductions to the separate pieces, I'd like to know more about why he decided to write certain pieces, or interview certain people, but that's just me. As arranged, the essays all flow together remarkably well and Palahniuk likely did not want to interfere with that. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
I don't understand why I haven't heard more about this book! If you're a fan of Palahniuk's novels, then you'll love his nonfiction collection. The final third, filled with a few personal essays, was amazing. Palahniuk talks about why he writes, and I think that every writer will appreciate his insight.

"So this is why I write. Because most times, your life isn't funny the first time through. Most times, you can hardly stand it."

"That's why I write, because life never works except in retrospect. And writing makes you look back. Because since you can't control life, at least you can control your version." ( )
  bookishblond | Oct 24, 2018 |
This might be a bit of a cheat but I'm going to consider this one done and finished even though I didn't read the entire book. The problem was that I lost the book before I could finish it. Actually I know exactly where it was last left: in the pocket of my airline seat on a flight to Washington D.C. I just plain forgot it there. I'm pretty sure it's the first time I've ever done so. Anyway, if I was truly enjoying the book, I would hunt down a new copy or buy the ebook. However, I wasn't really enjoying it. The book is a collection of life experiences from Palahniuk; each chapter is a different experience. For example, in one chapter he describes what occurs at the Rock Creek Lodge Testicle Festival while in another chapter he portrays unpublished authors and the steps they take for fame. In these experiences, he illustrates people's lives and their pretty crazy actions. Some of the experiences are simply crazy experiences to be taken as indicative of people's lives; others experiences are infused with insights that provide depth and pathos to those lives. An analysis that makes you analyze your own life and hopefully, at least to me, want to live a more fuller life. So why then, if I was gaining some insight into my life, would I not want to continue? Because it was not the fun, entertaining type of book that I normally want to read. I think that I can count the number of self-help books that I read on one hand; something that I'm sure an ex or two would really prefer I had read more. Self-help books just aren't my usual cup-of-tea. Before I lost this book, I already knew that it was going to be some time before I finished the book. Time enough to start and finish several other books between chapters. Now I can move on and get back to Adam Cesare or Stephen King or start that Brian James Freeman book. ( )
  dagon12 | Mar 15, 2018 |
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"So Stranger Than Fiction, Palahniuk's first nonfiction book and a collection of the journalism pieces he's written between novels, actually seems more like a companion piece to any of his fiction than a completely different animal altogether (since, after all, fiction and nonfiction are supposed to be opposites). "
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Chuck Palahniuk's world has always been, well, different from yours and mine. The pieces that compriseStranger than Fiction, his first nonfiction collection, prove justhowdifferent, in ways both highly entertaining and deeply unsettling. Included are encounters with alternative culture heroes Marilyn Manson and Juliette Lewis; the peculiar wages of fame attendant on the big-budget film production of the movieFight Club; life as an assembly-line drivetrain installer by day, hospice volunteer driver by night; the really peculiar lives of submariners; the really violent world (and mangled ears) of college wrestlers; the underground world of iron-pumping anabolic-steroid gobblers; the immensely upsetting 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 our most flagrantly daring and original literary talents.

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