The bestselling author of Lullaby and Choke continues his twenty-first century reinvention of the horror novel in this homage to Rosemary's Baby. Diary takes the form of a 'coma diary' kept by one Misty Tracy Wilmot as her husband lies senseless in hospital after a suicide attempt. Once she was an art student dreaming of creativity and freedom; ...
The bestselling author of Lullaby and Choke continues his twenty-first century reinvention of the horror novel in this homage to Rosemary's Baby. Diary takes the form of a 'coma diary' kept by one Misty Tracy Wilmot as her husband lies senseless in hospital after a suicide attempt. Once she was an art student dreaming of creativity and freedom; now, after marrying Peter at art school and being brought back to once quaint, now tourist-overrun Waytansea Island, she's been reduced to the condition of a resort hotel maid. Peter, it turns out, has been hiding rooms in houses he's refurbished and scrawling vile messages all over the walls - an old habit of builders but gone nuts on his part. Angry homeowners are suing left and right, and Misty's dreams of artistic greatness are in ashes. But then, as if possessed by the spirit of Maura Kinkaid, a fabled Waytansea artist of the nineteenth century, Misty begins painting again, compulsively. The canvases are taken away by her mother-in-law and her doctor, who seem to have a plan for Misty - and for all those annoying tourists...A dark, hilarious and, this time, poignant act of storytelling from America's favourite, most inventive nihilist.
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This book didn't hold my attention for very long. I've never read anything else by Chuck Palahniuk, so maybe I just don't understand his style of writing and should give it another try. I felt like the story just wasn't getting anywhere... I prefer page turners that start off interesting and stay that way until the end. This book did not do that.
Oct 16, 2007
Not the best
While Diary has all the elements of a Chuck Palahniuk book it lacks the spark of some of his other work. This story seems almost forced like Palahniuk was not completely invested in this story. The Narrative in the first few chapters is a little choppy and confusing. Palahniuk corrects this about 30-40 pages in and the rest of the book flows more smothly. This is still an outstanding book, compared to his other works it falls a little short.
May 11, 2007
Diary was a pretty good novel by Chuck Palinuk It was very extensive and explanitory to the scenes. It had all of the good twists and turns a normal Chuck Palinuk Novel would normally have.
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