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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (37,789 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chuck Palahniuk Narrator: Martha Plimpton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Diary takes the form of a “coma diary” kept by one Misty Tracy Wilmot as her husband lies senseless in a hospital after a suicide attempt. Once she was an art student dreaming of creativity and freedom; now, after marrying Peter at 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 remodeled and scrawling vile messages all over the walls—an old habit of builders but dramatically overdone in Peter’s case. 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. But can her newly discovered talent be part of a larger, darker plan? Of course it can…

Diary is a dark, hilarious, and poignant act of storytelling from America’s favorite, most inventive nihilist. It is Chuck Palahniuk’s finest novel yet.

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  • Just for the record, Diary is as hypnotic as a poised cobra. Chuck Palahniuk demonstrates that the most chilling special effects come not from Industrial Light and Magic but from the words of a gifted writer. Ira Levin, author of Rosemary’s Baby

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Neil Corriston | 2/11/2014

    " Palahniuk definitely has his own unique writing style. His characters are fairly pathetic people, with major neurosis. Interesting "twist" I don't know if it was actually a twist because you never know where this book was going. It came together at the end, but didn't really get much out of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Annie Cait | 2/8/2014

    " The only book by this man I will ever actually like. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Penny | 2/8/2014

    " I'm not totally sure how I felt about this book. It is dark and absorbing but by turns it is just boring. It definitely makes you think, and although you can get a bit of sense of what is going on pretty early on, it isn't totally clear until later. I think this book falls into the category of I didn't hate it, it will stick with me for a while, but I don't think it will be something I want to re-read any time soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elise | 2/1/2014

    " This book is incredible. No surprise, being that its by Chuck Palahniuk, but he never ceases to amaze me. each of his books is weird and screwed up and brilliant in a different way, and this is definitely no exception. Moving and challenging in a manner rather different from Fight Club and Choke, Diary is freaky and painful and personal; a sad portrayal of life's vicious cycles and the never-ending attempt to break free. Read this book. (It may save your life) "

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