Beautiful You

Beautiful You A billion husbands are about to be replaced From the author of Fight Club the classic portrait of the damaged contemporary male psyche now comes this novel about the apocalyptic marketing possibilit

  • Title: Beautiful You
  • Author: Chuck Palahniuk
  • ISBN: 9780385538039
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A billion husbands are about to be replaced From the author of Fight Club, the classic portrait of the damaged contemporary male psyche, now comes this novel about the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of a new product that gives new meaning to the term self help Penny Harrigan is a low level associate in a big Manhattan law firm with an apartment in Queens and no l A billion husbands are about to be replaced From the author of Fight Club, the classic portrait of the damaged contemporary male psyche, now comes this novel about the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of a new product that gives new meaning to the term self help Penny Harrigan is a low level associate in a big Manhattan law firm with an apartment in Queens and no love life at all So it comes as a great shock when she finds herself invited to dinner by one C Linus Maxwell, a software mega billionaire and lover of the most gorgeous and accomplished women on earth After dining at Manhattan s most exclusive restaurant, he whisks Penny off to a hotel suite in Paris, where he proceeds, notebook in hand, to bring her to previously undreamed of heights of gratification for days on end What s not to like This Penny discovers that she is a test subject for the final development of a line of feminine products to be marketed in a nationwide chain of boutiques called Beautiful You So potent and effective are these devices that women by the millions line up outside the stores on opening day and then lock themselves in their room with them and stop coming out Except for batteries Maxwell s plan for battery powered world domination must be stopped But how

    One thought on “Beautiful You”

    1. I dug it.On the one hand, not a perfect book. But I wanted to know what happened, and I wanted to keep reading, and there was a really interesting (to me) narrative voice that co-mingled a third-person omniscience with a first-person voice. Which is why I sometimes wonder if Chuck Palahniuk is unfairly maligned for the contents of Chuck Palahniuk's books.Let me explain a bit.Have you ever heard of the Fregoli delusion? It's kind of hard to explain. Let me explain it through the idea of mocking N [...]

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    3. I'm gonna go ahead and say what everyone else is thinking.Chuck Palahniuk is the M. Night Shamalamadingdong of literature. And this book, ladies and gentlemen, is his Avatar: The Last Airbender.Beautiful You is a godawful, unfunny joke of a book. I understand Chuck was going after the Fifty Shade and Twilight books with guns blazin', but this assassination mission was an utter failure. In fact, it pains me to say this, but Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey (what little I read of them) were bett [...]

    4. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/Oh Chuck . . . I have a disappoint : (I requested Beautiful You before ever even glancing at the synopsis. That’s how positive I was I would enjoy it. I’m a loyal fan and am prepared for whatever Palahniuk wants to throw at me. Even if those items are dildos. The premise of this book actually sounded pretty promising – a middle-aged millionaire (C. Linus Maxwell – a/k/a “Climax-Well”), known for having some serious voodoo when it comes to the [...]

    5. Yknow if Chuck could just back off the rape jokes and racist tropes for one single book, it would be so awesome. He's really good at making a plot gather steam and then sending it off the rails - but he always puts whatever momentum he's built into the most boring, predictable white dude misogyny and dick jokes. The most interesting thing in this book is a very elaborate rape joke! What if he had put that his very real storytelling skills toward, I don't know, like, anything else? It could be aw [...]

    6. I'm not sure if I loved or hated Chuck Palahniuk's latest novel Beautiful You. I mean, any rational woman would run very far from this book after reading the first few pages of our heroine Penny Harrigan getting raped in a court of law by a bunch of sex-deprived men. The opening scene unfolds and provides little fragments of information that will either latch its ugly little claws on the reader or force many to chuck Chuck's latest weird novel.Those who are aware of Palahniuk's work won't shy aw [...]

    7. Chuck Palahniuk’s BEAUTIFUL YOU is a darkly satiric examination of our human obsession with pleasure. The novel begins with 25-year-old Penny Harrigan being raped on the witness stand in open court, with judge, jury, and a room full of eager witnesses doing nothing to save her. The story, then, flashes back several months to explain how this awkward plain-Jane girl from Nebraska ended up in such a predicament. Penny is a would-be lawyer desperately trying to pass the bar exam when she runs int [...]

    8. Beautiful Blah is more like it.Chucky, baby, buddy, my friend who used to write beautiful masterpieces like Survivor, Haunted, Lullaby, Diary to name a few - What the fuck happened!?Serious. What happened, did you go through some life altering episode in your life that would make you create sub-par works like: Snuff, Rant (pffft), Damned and Doomed - I mean, shit man, Pygmy was kind of decent but this? For reals?Beautiful comes out of the gate completely insulting to all women in my opinion, I k [...]

    9. World domination via vibrators. It sounds funny and sexy, no? No.I'd strangely never read Chuck Palahniuk, even though he's a local boy right here in Portland, OR. So when I found that it was available on a digital advance reading copy, and what the subject matter was, I decided it was time.A slightly overweight Everygirl (who of course winds up being smoking hot by the end of the book) meets a corporate genius who tests his line of sex toys and other sexual products on her before releasing them [...]

    10. Palahniuk's slump continues. This is a terrible book, the worse I have read of his. I really want to emphasize this is a bad, bad, bad book. It reeks of laziness. There is absolutely no character development. This seriously has some of the flattest, most one dimensional, cipher like characters I have ever read. The prose is completely devoid of style or wit. The dialogue is terrible. The plot, which is supposed to be oh so wacky and satirical, is badly undercooked. It reads like a skeleton draft [...]

    11. 2.5 starsSurely you must be familiar with Chuck Palahniuk's m.o. by now: 'pushing the envelope', getting a rise out of his readers, eliciting uncomfortable laughter. With more than a dozen novels under his belt, he's certainly made a name for himself by straddling that tenuous line between the deliciously outré and outright tastelessness. He wastes no time with Beautiful You to push readers' buttons by depicting his protagonist Penny Harrigan being raped in a courtroom, sometime in the not-so-d [...]

    12. "Why should sex be any different? Everything - films, music, painting - is calculated to manipulate and excite us. Drugs are designed to be as effective as possible. Why shouldn't we devote the same attention to the details of sex?"-In terms of the writing style, you would think this is written by an entirely different author.Let me explain.Fans and non-fans alike always complain/praise Chuck's experimental writing style. I think that's how he gains (and at the same time cuts off) his readers.Re [...]

    13. What the fuck did I just read? It was the craziest book he's written to date. Lately, his books have been good but this one blows them all away. One of my favorites by Mr. Palahniuk.I am Penny's smirking revenge.Beautiful you starts off with Penny in a court room getting raped and no one is stopping it. She's screaming for help but everyone just sits and watches. Bizarre. After that it just gets weirder. Penny is not quite an intern and not quite a lawyer. She just can't seem to pass the bar exa [...]

    14. I can't believe I read this book almost without stopping. Now that I have finished it I still can't believe I read it. Did I just read that?

    15. Ummmm,what did I just read. I have never read any of this author's work,perhaps this was an unwise starting point. I found it weird,and I like weird. Just weird in an unfunny,creepy way.I will give Mr Palahniuk another chance,his writing kept me interested but this book was just baffling.

    16. Ugh. This had its moments: I won't lie. But it isn't the female companion piece to Fight Club that everyone seems to believe it to be. It's got an interesting twist and a unique point of view--but the story itself is so boring I felt the need to read Choke back to it in order to remind it what beautiful sexual satire and vulgarity can really do properly. Chuck, my friend--this isn't a finished book. This is a first or second draft. Don't publish your second drafts.That's actually pretty good adv [...]

    17. If you don't ask for things like character development, challenging prose, subtlety, or any sort of examination of the universal truths surrounding our shared human experience then, yeah, I can see how this book might do. Personally, I struggled to stay awake.

    18. Τελευταία φορά που διάβασα βιβλίο του Τσακ Πόλανικ ήταν τον Απρίλιο του 2012, τότε που απόλαυσα σε μεγάλο βαθμό το "Νανούρισμα" του. Επιτέλους ξαναπιάνω βιβλίο του στα χέρια μου, το πέμπτο κατά σειρά, ένα απ'τα καινούργια του. Το βιβλίο παίρνει εξαιρετικά μέτριες κριτικές στο ( [...]

    19. 1,5Voy a empezar a expresar mi opinión diciendo que nunca había leído algo tan horrible en toda mi vida (puede que esté exagerando, ténganlo en cuenta jaja). Chuck siempre se caracterizó por su tipo de escritura experimental y por tratar temas "tabú" de la forma más "grotesca" posible, siempre haciéndolo de modo que quede bien (utilizando ese tipo de lenguaje con un fin y no solo "porque sí"). Si vamos al caso, eso es lo que hace de sus libros las joyas que son. "Eres hermosa" es un li [...]

    20. I'm stuck in a 3 star rut! This one started out interesting, and I've always enjoyed Palahniuk's writing style, but it just devolved into nonsensical madness by the end. Should be quite the book club discussion!

    21. shelfnotes reviewDear Reader,Reviewing this is going to be HARD, really HARD, super rock HARD, throbbing rock HARD. Blushing yet? You will be after you read this. All you folks who read "Fifty Shades" and thought it was "so naughty" better not pick this book up you might DIE from the lack of constraint Palahniuk uses. Just like all of Chuck's books, this should have warning labels slapped all over it. As the saying goes if you don't have the stomach for it, get out of the kitchen?!? (Okay, that [...]

    22. Pre-review@14/01/2015: Penny Harrigan is a low-level associate in a big Manhattan law firm with an apartment in Queens and no love life at all. So it comes as a great shock when she finds herself invited to dinner by one C. Linus Maxwell, aka "Climax-Well," a software mega-billionaire and lover of the most gorgeous and accomplished women on earth. After dining at Manhattan's most exclusive restaurant, he whisks Penny off to a hotel suite in Paris, where he proceeds, notebook in hand, to bring he [...]

    23. Tripe.If I could give this 0 stars, I would. This book was ridiculously bad on every level: writing, plot, characters, ideas the only good part about this book was the dust jacket.It begins with a rape in a courtroom, and you don't find out until the end that the rape is perpetuated by nanobots implanted in her body. Yes, spoiler that I'm not bothering to hide because if you're like me, you read the first scene and thought that somehow the rest of the book would explain how we let society deteri [...]

    24. Beautiful You; sebuah sarcasm terhadap budaya konsumerism. Budaya k0nsumerism ini selain dipacu oleh kapitalis, nafsu serakah pengguna juga memainkan peranan yang penting. Ia macam iphone baru lah. Apple champion dalam mempengaruhi pengguna untuk membeli produk baru mereka walau mahal macam setan. Sekarang gantikan iphone keluaran apple itu dengan sex-toy berlabel 'Beautiful You' dari kompeni DataMicroCom. Bersesuaian dengan tagline produk 'a billion husbands are about to be replaced', produk Be [...]

    25. Chuck Palahniuk has a strange but brilliant mind. Sometimes his books are a little too disturbing for me (Haunted, in particular) but they are always incredibly original and thought-provoking. His latest novel Beautiful You is no exception. I had already been reading all day when this book came in the mail and, though my eyes felt like they were dried up cherry pits by the end, I didn't (or couldn't) put this book down once I had started it. Penny is a rather plain girl living in New York City, [...]

    26. I relished this grubby little satire but couldn't keep myself from speeding through it in three sittings. Here's the delightful part: the story begins as a parody of "Fifty Shades of Grey" and snowballs into a story of world-domination through sex toys and one woman from Nebraska, Penny, pitted against a multibillionaire sociopath. There's even a pilgrimage to an ancient erotic guru who lives alone on a crag of the Himalayas. This all takes place in the near-future.Without giving too much away, [...]

    27. This is a work of mad genius from a great writer. The cover flap-copy in no way will prepare you for the insanity you'll find here. Are you familiar with the term "arousal addiction?" You will be by the end. It's a great piece of satire, skewering our consumer culture from top to bottom. In PYGMY, Palahniuk revealed a terrorist act that would 100% work, even if you knew it was coming. In BEAUTIFUL YOU, he reveals the perfect plan for . . . well, I don't want to say too much because it's much bet [...]

    28. I am about halfway through this book. I got it as a gift & I understand why - misandry is supposed to be fun, you know.I have never read any Palahniuk before but like - has this dude ever met a woman before? This is both condescending & inept in terms of describing any woman's interiority at all. I keep reading to see if the feminist revolution is going to get here but so far I am continually saying to myself, "God, what an asshole!"Ok I hate-finished this. The parts of the book that are [...]

    29. Dövüş Kulübü filmini izlemiştim ama Palahniuk edebiyatı ile ilgili bir fikrim yoktu daha önce. Yeraltı edebiyatı akımına da çok aşina değildim. "Beautiful You" kitabının ortalarına kadar yazarın ne demeye çalıştığını pek anlamamıştım. Hatta kitabın hemen başındaki mahkeme salonundaki tecavüz sahnesini son derece populist bulmuştum. Neticede ben de bu devrin okuruyum, devam ettim okumaya. İyi ki de öyle yapmışım.Kadın cinselliğini kanırta kanırta erkek e [...]

    30. This makes Bukowski seem like a prudish ankle-length-skirt-wearing school marm.Delves in squirming, quivering, and hypnotically graphic detail the supreme pleasures derived from carnal enlightenment, with an emphasis on anal orgasms. Not for the faint of heart or those easily offended-- this is a fiendishly crass, aggressive, deranged and politically-incorrect satire with totally ludicrous slapstick-y scenarios at every turn.You will want to run, hide, vomit, throw the book against a wall, but t [...]

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