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Damned

By Chuck Palahniuk

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Format: Paperback, 246 pages
Published In: United States, 01 October 2012
-As gleefully, vividly, hilariously obscene as you'd expect. . . . Irreverent and hugely entertaining.- --NPR From the bestselling author of Fight Club comes a dark and brilliant satire about adolescence, Hell, and the Devil. Madison is the thirteen-year-old daughter of a narcissistic film star and a billionaire. Abandoned at her Swiss boarding school over Christmas, she dies over the holiday, presumably of a marijuana overdose. The last thing she remembers is getting into a town car and falling asleep. Then she's waking up in Hell. Literally. Madison soon finds that she shares a cell with a motley crew of young sinners: a cheerleader, a jock, a nerd, and a punk rocker, united by their doomed fate, like an afterschool detention for the damned. Together they form an odd coalition and march across the unspeakable landscape of Hell--full of used diapers, dandruff, WiFi blackout spots, evil historical figures, and one horrific call center--to confront the Devil himself.

About the Author

CHUCK PALAHNIUK's eleven best-selling novels--Tell-All, Pygmy, Snuff, Rant, Haunted, Lullaby, Fight Club, Diary, Survivor, Invisible Monsters, and Choke--have sold more than five million copies in the United States. He is also the author of Fugitives and Refugees, published as part of the Crown Journey Series, and the nonfiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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Praise for Damned "As gleefully, vividly, hilariously obscene as you'd expect. . . . Irreverent and hugely entertaining." --NPR"Brilliant. . . . Palahniuk's descriptions of hell are inspired, crafted with great comic flair. . . . A winning and funny book." --The Washington Post"Hilarious. . . . The Judy Blume book from hell, just as Mr. Palahniuk intended." --The New York Times "When it comes to drawing up a vision of hell, there are few American writers better suited to the job than Chuck Palahniuk." --Los Angeles Times "Damned is gross, sick, nasty, silly, all the things you want from the merry madman of American letters, Chuck Palahniuk. How can you not be instantly transfixed by an opening like this?: 'Are you there, Satan? It's me, Madison. I'm just now arrived here, in Hell, but it's not my fault except for maybe dying from an overdose of marijuana.' And so begins the kind of goofy, but hypnotically endearing tale of a 13-year-old girl who, completely lost in life, finally starts to discover herself in Palahniuk's demented version of the afterlife....With Damned, [he] opens the fire hose to full bore again, stripping away the veneer on American society and showing us the yucky parts we don't want to see."--Chris Talbot, AP "[T]horoughly original...satiric and horrifying, enough so you'll want to repent after you read."--Christian DuChateau, CNN "Some Fight Club trademarks--youthful disaffection, violence, gross-out humor, a dystopic setting, cultural satire as an extreme sport, a decent helping of third-act pathos--can be seen in...Damned. Even prepubescent Madison Spencer, the protagonist of Damned, has traits that could be seen as Tyler Durden-esque. She's disaffected from society (i.e., those still alive), she kicks serious butt and is a cultural critic who becomes an unlikely leader....It's hard to pitch the broadly satirical Damned as a useful replacement narrative of life after death, but it's a rollicking adventure of Swiftian proportions, a Valleyfair of the Underworld that, incidentally, shows an overweight teenage girl bringing Satan himself down a peg."--Claude Peck, Minneapolis Star-Tribune"Damned is typical of Palahniuk's work: a scathing satire that is unfiltered, caustic and smart....[His] descriptions of hell are priceless."--Rege Behe, Pittsburgh Tribune Review"Even just its first few chapters reveal several layers of satiric humor, social commentary, Grand Guignol violence and heartbreaking insight....The narrator's blend of snark, precocious wit and unconcealed vulnerability and need is a combination as refreshing as the book is hard to put down."--Bill O'Driscoll, Pittsburgh City Paper Praise for Damned -As gleefully, vividly, hilariously obscene as you'd expect. . . . Irreverent and hugely entertaining.- --NPR-Brilliant. . . . Palahniuk's descriptions of hell are inspired, crafted with great comic flair. . . . A winning and funny book.- --The Washington Post-Hilarious. . . . The Judy Blume book from hell, just as Mr. Palahniuk intended.- --The New York Times -When it comes to drawing up a vision of hell, there are few American writers better suited to the job than Chuck Palahniuk.- --Los Angeles Times -Damned is gross, sick, nasty, silly, all the things you want from the merry madman of American letters, Chuck Palahniuk. How can you not be instantly transfixed by an opening like this?: 'Are you there, Satan? It's me, Madison. I'm just now arrived here, in Hell, but it's not my fault except for maybe dying from an overdose of marijuana.' And so begins the kind of goofy, but hypnotically endearing tale of a 13-year-old girl who, completely lost in life, finally starts to discover herself in Palahniuk's demented version of the afterlife....With Damned, [he] opens the fire hose to full bore again, stripping away the veneer on American society and showing us the yucky parts we don't want to see.---Chris Talbot, AP -[T]horoughly original...satiric and horrifying, enough so you'll want to repent after you read.---Christian DuChateau, CNN -Some Fight Club trademarks--youthful disaffection, violence, gross-out humor, a dystopic setting, cultural satire as an extreme sport, a decent helping of third-act pathos--can be seen in...Damned. Even prepubescent Madison Spencer, the protagonist of Damned, has traits that could be seen as Tyler Durden-esque. She's disaffected from society (i.e., those still alive), she kicks serious butt and is a cultural critic who becomes an unlikely leader....It's hard to pitch the broadly satirical Damned as a useful replacement narrative of life after death, but it's a rollicking adventure of Swiftian proportions, a Valleyfair of the Underworld that, incidentally, shows an overweight teenage girl bringing Satan himself down a peg.---Claude Peck, Minneapolis Star-Tribune-Damned is typical of Palahniuk's work: a scathing satire that is unfiltered, caustic and smart....[His] descriptions of hell are priceless.---Rege Behe, Pittsburgh Tribune Review-Even just its first few chapters reveal several layers of satiric humor, social commentary, Grand Guignol violence and heartbreaking insight....The narrator's blend of snark, precocious wit and unconcealed vulnerability and need is a combination as refreshing as the book is hard to put down.---Bill O'Driscoll, Pittsburgh City Paper Praise for "Damned" "As gleefully, vividly, hilariously obscene as you'd expect. . . . Irreverent and hugely entertaining." "NPR""Brilliant. . . . Palahniuk's descriptions of hell are inspired, crafted with great comic flair. . . . A winning and funny book." "The Washington Post""Hilarious. . . . The Judy Blume book from hell, just as Mr. Palahniuk intended." "The New York Times" "When it comes to drawing up a vision of hell, there are few American writers better suited to the job than Chuck Palahniuk." "Los Angeles Times" ""Damned "is gross, sick, nasty, silly, all the things you want from the merry madman of American letters, Chuck Palahniuk. How can you not be instantly transfixed by an opening like this?: 'Are you there, Satan? It's me, Madison. I'm just now arrived here, in Hell, but it's not my fault except for maybe dying from an overdose of marijuana.' And so begins the kind of goofy, but hypnotically endearing tale of a 13-year-old girl who, completely lost in life, finally starts to discover herself in Palahniuk's demented version of the afterlife....With "Damned, " [he]" "opens the fire hose to full bore again, stripping away the veneer on American society and showing us the yucky parts we don't want to see." Chris Talbot, "AP ""[T]horoughly original...satiric and horrifying, enough so you'll want to repent after you read." Christian DuChateau," CNN ""Some "Fight Club" trademarks--youthful disaffection, violence, gross-out humor, a dystopic setting, cultural satire as an extreme sport, a decent helping of third-act pathos--can be seen in..."Damned." Even prepubescent Madison Spencer, the protagonist of "Damned," has traits that could be seen as Tyler Durden-esque. She's disaffected from society (i.e., those still alive), she kicks serious butt and is a cultural critic who becomes an unlikely leader....It's hard to pitch the broadly satirical "Damned" as a useful replacement narrative of life after death, but it's a rollicking adventure of Swiftian proportions, a Valleyfair of the Underworld that, incidentally, shows an overweight teenage girl bringing Satan himself down a peg." Claude Peck, "Minneapolis Star-Tribune"""Damned" is typical of Palahniuk's work: a scathing satire that is unfiltered, caustic and smart....[His] descriptions of hell are priceless." Rege Behe, "Pittsburgh Tribune Review""Even just its first few chapters reveal several layers of satiric humor, social commentary, Grand Guignol violence and heartbreaking insight....The narrator's blend of snark, precocious wit and unconcealed vulnerability and need is a combination as refreshing as the book is hard to put down." Bill O'Driscoll, "Pittsburgh City Paper "" Praise for "Damned" "Hilarious. . . . The Judy Blume book from hell, just as Mr. Palahniuk intended." --"The New York Times" "When it comes to drawing up a vision of hell, there are few American writers better suited to the job than Chuck Palahniuk."--"The Los Angeles Times" "Palahniuk's 12th novel is just as gleefully, vividly, hilariously obscene as you'd expect --and it's also a hell of a lot of fun. [He] has always been known for his pitch-dark satire, and it's evident here in his depiction of the underworld.... As a young adult novel, it's surprisingly sweet, hopeful and empowering; as a satire, it's funny, irreverent and hugely entertaining. 'Hell is other people, ' mused Sartre. Leave it to Chuck Palahniuk to tell us that might not be such a bad thing after all."--Michael Schaub, "NPR""And now, from the Well, What Did You Expect file: Chuck Palahniuk imagines a great hell. His matter-of-fact underworld is the charming setting of "Damned," a...very funny coming-of-age (after-you're-dead) novel....Palahniuk's descriptions of hell are inspired, crafted with great comic flair and the brilliant satirical stipulation that the Christian fundamentalists are right: Hell is literal, dinosaur bones were faked by Satan and among the unspeakable demons slurping about is Robert Mapplethorpe....[A] winning and funny book, and near the end, when Maddie seems to be ascending toward a sequel ("Purgatory," anyone?), you'll likely want to read that one, too."--Jess Walter, "Washington Post" ""Damned "is gross, sick, nasty, silly, all the things you want from the merry madman of American letters, Chuck Palahniuk. How can you not be instantly transfixed by an opening like this?: 'Are you there, Satan? It's me, Madison. I'm just now arrived here, in Hell, but it's not my fault except for maybe dying from an overdose of marijuana.'And so begins the kind of goofy, but hypnotically endearing tale of a 13-year-old girl who, completely lost i Praise for "Damned" "Palahniuk's 12th novel is just as gleefully, vividly, hilariously obscene as you'd expect --and it's also a hell of a lot of fun. [He] has always been known for his pitch-dark satire, and it's evident here in his depiction of the underworld.... As a young adult novel, it's surprisingly sweet, hopeful and empowering; as a satire, it's funny, irreverent and hugely entertaining. 'Hell is other people, ' mused Sartre. Leave it to Chuck Palahniuk to tell us that might not be such a bad thing after all."--Michael Schaub, "NPR" ""Damned" is as lively as a book about the dead can be....the Judy Blume book from hell, just as Mr. Palahniuk intended."--Janet Maslin, the "New York Times" "And now, from the Well, What Did You Expect file: Chuck Palahniuk imagines a great hell. His matter-of-fact underworld is the charming setting of "Damned," a...very funny coming-of-age (after-you're-dead) novel....Palahniuk's descriptions of hell are inspired, crafted with great comic flair and the brilliant satirical stipulation that the Christian fundamentalists are right: Hell is literal, dinosaur bones were faked by Satan and among the unspeakable demons slurping about is Robert Mapplethorpe....[A] winning and funny book, and near the end, when Maddie seems to be ascending toward a sequel ("Purgatory," anyone?), you'll likely want to read that one, too."--Jess Walter, "Washington Post" ""Damned "is gross, sick, nasty, silly, all the things you want from the merry madman of American letters, Chuck Palahniuk. How can you not be instantly transfixed by an opening like this? 'Are you there, Satan? It's me, Madison. I'm just now arrived here, in Hell, but it's not my fault except for maybe dying from an overdose of marijuana.'And so begins the kind of goofy, but hypnotically endearing tale of a 13-year-old girl who, completely lost in life, finally starts to discover herself in Palahniuk's demented version of the afterlife....

A teenage girl named Madison dies of a drug overdose and awakens in hell, alongside every stereotypical character in the history of bad writing: a jock, a cheerleader, a headbanger, and, naturally, a science dweeb. The twist is that this is a hell that only Palahniuk could have imagined, and the journey to escape it is as unpredictable as anything he's ever written. Narrator Tai Sammons delivers a stellar reading in which she captures the essence of Madison. Her dialect, delivery, and tone are perfectly suited to that of a 13-year-old who's having a really, really bad day. Listening to Sammons's narration is an intimate experience as her rendition of Madison pours her heart out and prays her words won't fall only on dead ears. A Doubleday hardcover. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

EAN: 9780307476531
ISBN: 0307476537
Publisher: Anchor Books
Dimensions: 20.35 x 13.21 x 1.83 centimetres (0.50 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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