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Damned [Kindle Edition]

Chuck Palahniuk
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"The Lovely Bones meets The Shawshank Redemption via Judy Blume. Expect to be appalled" (Vogue)

"True to Palahniuk form, Damned is gross in parts, scandalous in others and funny throughout" (Time Out)

"Gleefully riffing on Judy Blume's 1970 coming-of-age classic Are You There God? It's Me Margaret, Palahniuk's dead heroine must traverse the infernal landscape in search of Satan - and of her true self - as she tries to discover exactly how she died" (Financial Times)

"Vintage chuck - as dark as it gets" (Dazed)

"The vistas of his underworld are engrossing" (Metro)

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Praise for Chuck Palahniuk
"[Palahniuk] throws his punches, but he's been working on his technique and they hit you in new and different ways that will make you scowl and laugh and cringe."
"--Winnipeg Free Press"

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 329 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 256 Seiten
  • Verlag: Vintage Digital (1. September 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005HCI6RU
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.5 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (4 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #99.542 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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Mehr über den Autor

Der amerikanische Autor Chuck Palahniuk, geboren 1962, träumte lange davon, Schriftsteller zu werden. Doch erst ein persönlicher Einschnitt in seinem Leben gab ihm schließlich den Impuls, seinen Traum zu verwirklichen. Seit seinem Überraschungserfolg »Fight Club« genießt Palahniuk nicht nur bei zahlreichen Lesern Kultstatus, er hat sich mit seinen folgenden Romanen auch in die Riege amerikanischer Bestsellerautoren geschrieben. Chuck Palahniuk lebt in Portland, Oregon.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Super! 18. Oktober 2013
Von Julius
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As usuall, Chuck P delivers. Poignant, funny, well-crafted. An interesting vision of Hell, certainly more realistic than Dante's. And brings up those nagging existential questions... Sooo looking forward to Part II!
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Von Michael Dienstbier TOP 500 REZENSENT
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Es ist ein Plot, wie ihn sich eigentlich nur Chuck Palahniuk hat ausdenken können: Die 13-jährige Madison ist tot und findet sich in der Hölle wieder. Gestorben ist sie bei einem außer Kontrolle Würgespiel, welches nicht zu der generalstabsmäßig geplanten Entjungferung, sondern, siehe oben, zu ihrem Ableben geführt hat. In der Hölle arbeitet Madison zusammen mit Millionen anderen verdammten Seelen in einem Callcenter und plagt die noch lebenden mit den absurdesten Umfragen. Alles gar nicht so übel eigentlich, doch Madison möchte ihr unendliches Nachleben ein wenig interessanter gestalten und macht sich auf, um ein paar Prominente der Unterwelt zu treffen. Und da steht natürlich der Gefreite aus Braunau an erster Stelle, mit dem es zu einem legendären Duell kommt. Durch ihre forsche Art mutiert Madison bald selbst zu einer Art Berühmtheit und beschließt, Satan höchstpersönlich kennenzulernen, um ihm die eine oder andere Frage zu stellen.

"No, it's not fair, but what makes life feel like Hell is our expectation that it should last forever. Life is short. Dead is forever" (162). "Damned" hat definitiv seine Momente. Der Roman enthält Passagen beißender Kritik an unserer ultrabeschleunigten und sinnentleerten Konsumkultur, die selbst einen Ort wie die Hölle in einem vergleichsweise positiven Licht erstrahlen lässt. Doch neben vereinzelten Highlights gibt es auch zahlreiche platte Stellen, die bis auf den Splattereffekt wenig zu bieten haben und daher nicht zur Handlung oder Charakterzeichnung beitragen. Wer Palahniuk in Hochform erleben möchte, der sollte lieber zu seinen genialen Frühwerken
... Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Book: Damned (English Vision) 30. Mai 2013
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The Book has a very good quality.
A friend has me endorsed to buyed it.
It has a very good and fascinating story.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Großartiges Buch! 21. Mai 2012
Von Wall-E
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Es sieht super aus! Schön gebunden! Und das Buch ist einfach nur toll zu lesen!!! Ein sehr tolles Geschenk für Leute, die gerne auf Englisch gute Bücher lesen!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Stroll Through Hell 18. Oktober 2011
Von William Kennedy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Chuck Palahniuk's books just keep getting weirder and weirder. I read and enjoy all of his novels, some more than others. "Pygmy" was a strange experiment, but unique and compelling nonetheless. "Tell-All" was a fun and enjoyable romp through the golden age of Hollywood, although it never quite became what it could have been.

And now, here is "Damned," a journey through hell (literally) with a sharp tongued and lovable young woman named Madison who died from...you'll have to read to find out, and it's not a marijuana overdose.

Frankly, this book is about as strange and bizarre as they come. The underworld is depicted as a place of grotesque monsters with lakes of sperm and mountains of toenail clippings. There were times when I thought this book was completely unclassifiable in any genre, forcing a new one to be invented. Afterlife Black Comedy.

"Damned," at its core, is a satire, and Chuck is at his best in skewering the affluent Hollywood lifestyle. Madison's parents are a movie star and a real estate mogul/business man who adopt children from war torn countries for the PR.

More importantly, in my opinion, is the writing, and Chuck breaks free from whatever has bound him over the last couple years and writes with an eloquence not seen since...well, maybe ever. Palahniuk has a very distinctive voice in his writing, all of his fans have gotten used to it, and look forward to it with each new book. But with "Damned," there is something more, a careful attention paid to craft more than story. The sentences flow artfully in Madison's voice and bring her to life with all her hopefulness and intelligence.

"Damned," is not a great book in the sense that it's a new classic, but I think it is a step in the right direction for Chuck. The story is just weird, but the way he tells it is what makes it such a fun read.

It's okay for books to be both fun and well written.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Better than his past three books, but still not his best... (3.5 stars) 21. November 2011
Von Doctor Gaines - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The story is told by 13-year-old Madison Spencer, the chubby, unattractive daughter of billionaire parents who has found herself in Hell under the impression that she died from an overdose of marijuana. In the manner of Judy Blume, each chapter begins with a short 'prayer' or journal entry that always begins: "Are you there, Satan? It's me, Madison." In her trek through the Underworld, she meets a group of other eccentric stereotype-ish teens; a Jock, a Nerd, a Hot-Girl and a Punk (think 'The Breakfast Club').

As the book went on, I realized that this is the first of Palahniuk's books to follow a sort of 'adventure' narrative. While in nearly every chapter Madison relays some part of her history on Earth to the reader, a good deal of the tale is a journey of sorts through the landscape of Hell. And who better to give us a vision of the Valley of the Damned than Mr. Palahniuk? His description of Hell is both disgusting and kind of hilarious, with miles of cages for victims (that are easily broken out of), stale candy and popcorn balls strewn everywhere across the ground, and a geography made of every unpleasant human emission imaginable (huge mounds of fingernail clippings, a desert of dandruff, an ocean of fecal matter, a river of steaming-hot saliva, etc.).

The author also entertainingly peppers the story with famous figures who have been condemned and their activities in the afterlife. Madison runs into more than a few tyrannous leaders, celebrities, serial killers and Presidents, among others. The demons are surprisingly apathetic beings who can be sometimes bribed with candy bars to make one's eternal damnation slightly more manageable. However the pagan gods of the ancient world who also roam the territory are somewhat more troublesome, snatching victims out of a cage and eating them alive limb for limb, the victim only to regenerate and await the next bodily terror to befall them.

One of Palahniuk's more humorous additions is a sort of MVD-of-the-soul where the dead can make an appeal for their eternal state. But of course, it's Hell, so the clerks are demons and the paperwork could literally take forever to process.

Madison is a somewhat flat character and the fact that she is a 13-year-old dead girl is only slightly tapped into as far as her voice. However, the book is entertaining and has a surprising amount of ponderous material regarding life and death and eternity. And as always with Palahniuk, a satisfying amount of heavy satire on the human condition, specifically on the absurdity of Americans and the wealthy. Palahniuk also never fails to 'do his homework' and interweaves a good deal of interesting factual information into his stories, in this case it was mostly regarding famously evil people and the origins of obscure demons and pagan gods. Some may see this as just filler material, but for some reason I always enjoy it, and I think he includes it in a relevant way.

I can say I enjoyed Damned a good deal more than Chuck's past three works, Tell-All, Pygmy and Snuff. This is the closest he's come in a while to 'darker' material, which is what I've felt he's always been best at, with the satire being a complimentary element rather than the focus. And the man no doubt has quite an imagination, even if twisted at times. Even in his lesser works, there are always moments where you're thinking 'Where the heck does he get this stuff?!?'

Overall I'd give it a 3.5 out of 5, and would recommend it if... you're in the mood for something weird and honestly kind of gross.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Much better than his last few books. 8. November 2011
Von strwbrrystar - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Maybe it's because my expectations of Palahniuk's work have been lowered so much after reading Snuff and Pygmy (didn't even bother with Tell All), but I consider this a decent book. Not his best, but I enjoyed it more than most parts of Haunted. I would give it 3.5 stars. Won't be throwing this one away, at least.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Makes me want to buy a lot of candy bars. 29. Oktober 2011
Von Wednesdayschild - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I thought this was one of Chuck's better books. I personally enjoyed the sardonic take on religion and popular culture, not that anyone cares. I just felt like coming to the defense of this novel and author, though in the grand scheme of things it doesn't really matter what I think. I read some of the other reviews on this book, and kind of feel like people are taking it too seriously. The way it appears is that he wanted to take a Judy Blume novel and ruin it. Judy Blume wasn't the bastion of talent in the history of artistic literary accomplishments, and it's obvious that reviewers who have not been a teenage girl before might not be able to relate to the perspective from which he writes.
Having had the experience of being a teenage girl at one time and reading copious amounts of Judy Blume as pre-teen, I can say comfortably that he pretty much nailed it. He nailed the disdain, the insecurities, the somewhat preserved innocence of early adolescence. The book WAS ridiculous, and hilarious. just as it was intended to be. In short, if you couldn't laugh at some of the things in Damned, you probably have no sense of humor to begin with. It's an excellent poke at the religious fear and zealotry, and ubiquitous and readily available "sins" that saturate and polarize American culture simultaneously. The perspective was a great and unlikely combination of humor and existentialism. He gave an extreme amount of power to a seemingly unlikely heroine in young Madison Spencer. The irony being that our "pop culture" is driven largely by the consumption proclivities in that particular demographic. Think of the Justin Beiber phenomenon. His rise to fame was because of teenage girls, and the parents of those girls whose wallets vomit out the cash that pays for the records and concerts. They literally took this skinny, mop headed kid and made him a super star. That's incredible power.
I don't think Chuck Palahniuk is trying to be some great literary artist, I think he's just writing whatever he feels like. I admire him for that. He continues to write whatever he wants to, despite the fact that his readers or critics may not like it. You could sit and say that he's not a good writer, or whatever...but hey...you paid for the book. I mean, "good" or "talented" is sort of a subjective consensus anyhow.The other great coincidence is that some of the negative reviews pretty much prove his point that people essentially try to find meaning in things that end up being meaningless. If you don't like him, don't read his material. Simple as that. Or better yet, if you think you could write a better book, get off Amazon with your complaints and start doing it.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen stick with the older books 3. November 2011
Von jc9 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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With each new release from Palaniuk, I keep hoping from something great but end up disappointed. Tell-all was the first Palahniuk book that I did not finish. I just found it to be too boring. When I heard about Damned, and its premise, I thought it sounded like a pretty decent story. While it certainly was better than Tell all and Pygmy, its still lacking something. I can't put my finger on what though, perhaps it's the emotional reactions that I would have from his earlier novels. I recall laughing/being shocked/surprised when reading his earlier works. Damned had moments that seemed as though the reader was supposed to be shocked/surprised, but it just came across as forced.
If you're new to the author, stick to the earlier works.
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