2 journalers for this copy...
'She's a catwalk model who has everything: a boyfriend, a career, a loyal best friend. But when a sudden motor 'accident' leaves her disfigured and incapable of speech, she goes from being the beautiful centre of attention to being an invisible monster, so hideous that no one will acknowledge she exists.'
Palahniuk attacks our beauty ideals and the superficial(?) world of fashion models. In a way, this brings to mind the women in the Muslim world; how they are obliged to cover their faces and stay incognito.
A good veil is the same as staying indoors, Brandy tells me. Cloistered. Private. - - - a good veil is your tinted limousine window. The unlisted number for your face. Behind a good veil, you could be anyone. A movie star. A saint. A good veil says We haven't been properly introduced. (p.108)
Another quote, a bit funnier one:
The one I love is locked in the trunk of a car outside with a stomach full of Valiums, and I wonder if he still has to pee. (p.179)
Palahniuk name-drops tranquilizers and uppers as if hey were Hollywood stars everyone should know. They make a big part of the characters' adventure. What makes them more appealing are the lovely attributes given to animate and inanimate objects: très ooh-là-là, so sex furniture, sexual playground to the stars.
This is the first book by Palahniuk that I have ever read and I am willing to read more from him. I liked the book a lot, even though the style was something I had never tried before. The story about the supermodel losing her appearances is and full of interesting twists and turns. At the same time it is a very deep and symbolic narration about human nature - or at least some sides of it.
I don't want to say more because I want each reader to experience the story themselves! So the book is now waiting for its new adventures!