Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

Written by Gracie Cooper. Posted in Books

Chuck Palahniuk’s novel, the Haunted is a collection of human types, of vices and social taboos, which has the courage to put the finger on many bleeding wounds of contemporary society, thing which is revealed from the beginning by nicks in which the characters are hiding in order to write / tell stories.

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The author presents through the story-frame 19 characters who tell their story, and each story digs deeper into the personal drama of each one, hardly delimiting facts from fiction, just to get to the idea that we live on a planet of suffering and solitude, but, ultimately, creation requires sacrifice and suffering. The novel could be interpreted also, as a great allegory for the trauma that every artist suffers when creating his work, being forced to give up a part of him with each new creation.

Haunted is a macabre novel, but fascinating, and the experience of its reading is a very special one, as, indeed, is any experience with one of Palahniuk’s novels, precisely because he does not ‘refrain’ from dealing with taboo topics, about the less pleasant face of humanity.