Doomed by Chuck Palahniuk (New York: Doubleday, 2013. 329 pp)
Chuck Palahniuk is an American essayist and novelist most known for his novel Fight Club. As a postmodern, minimalist author, he is most widely known for his satirical works, as well as transgressional fiction and horror. He lives in Pasco, Washington.
At the end of Palahniuk’s last book, we found main character Madison Desert Flower Rosa Parks Coyote Trickster Spencer in hell, telephoning her parents to tell them how Atheism was dreadfully wrong. After all, she ended up in hell. As a small aside, she jokingly told them to belch plenty, fart often, and swear to gain eternal life.
Unfortunately for Madison, this sparks somewhat of a cult. Now post-alive and walking the earth, she finds that she has inadvertently created the religion of Boorism, which focuses on the aforementioned functions. Now, in Doomed, Madison reminisces about her post-alive time on earth, tweeting to the souls of the world. At least they still have twitter in Palahniuk’s version of hell.
Palahniuk’s mind goes to some frightening places in this novel—a dead cat of Madison’s even clogs the drain of a hotel. It was a hard chapter to read. But, in his twisted world, Palahniuk somehow finds a way to pervert Dante Alegheri and C.S. Lewis all at the same time.
Oh, and the world ends thanks to the protagonist.
Overall, Doomed is not a bad read, but don’t expect anything short of disgusting. I’d recommend it, but only if you have tried Palahniuk before. His writing is nothing if not different.
Verdict: 3 out of 5