Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk

By Chuck Palahniuk

"A billion husbands are approximately to be replaced."

From the writer of struggle membership, the vintage portrait of the broken modern male psyche, now comes this novel concerning the apocalyptic advertising and marketing chances of a brand new product that provides new desiring to the time period "self-help."

Penny Harrigan is a low-level affiliate in an important ny legislation company with an condo in Queens and no love existence in any respect. So it comes as a good surprise while she unearths herself invited to dinner by way of one C. Linus Maxwell, a software program mega-billionaire and lover of the main wonderful and entire girls on the earth. After eating at Manhattan's so much particular eating place, he whisks Penny off to a inn suite in Paris, the place he proceeds, pc in hand, to convey her to formerly undreamed-of heights of gratification for days on finish. What's to not like? This: Penny discovers that she is a try out topic for the ultimate improvement of a line of female items to be advertised in a national chain of boutiques referred to as attractive You. So effective and potent are those units that ladies via the hundreds of thousands line up open air the shops on establishing day after which lock themselves of their room with them and forestall popping out. with the exception of batteries. Maxwell's plan for battery-powered global domination needs to be stopped. yet how?

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Dust and blue spirals of smoke, curling and uncurling, are sus­ pended in the shaft of light coming from the projection booth and passing from this latter to the screen above the heads of the spectators. Moving streaks whose intensity ranges from white to black sweep over the luminous shaft of light, corresponding to the movements of the lights and shadows on the screen. In the brief intervals of silence between the thundering voice of the off-screen commentator and the bursts of music serving as an 21 accompaniment, one again perceives, like a permanent back­ ground sound, the regular crackling noise of the projector.

Clods of dried earth and a few tufts of gray grass are still clinging to the blades of the plows and to the bottom parts of the tractor. The moldboards of the plows, like the iron disks of the cultivators, are polished from rubbing against the soil and gleam in the dark­ ness with a cold sheen, like mirrors. Crates, oil drums, greasy rags are scattered about here and there. The sides of the oil drums are stained with greasy spots to which dust has adhered. These dark brown stains partially conceal the green and yellow emblem of a brand of lubricating oil.

In the background, in the shadow, one can vaguely make out the torsos of the spectators sitting next to each other on the circular tiers of benches that form a sort of huge funnel. The wet sawdust of the circus ring is the same color as the dark chestnut-brown stockings and hair of the girl lean­ ing against the brick wall. Although still wobbling on his feet, 13 her companion begins to swing his pelvis in a back-and-forth motion. The edge of the circus ring, consisting of whitewashed boxes, at the base of which the horses’ hoofs have left brown marks, forms a perfect circle.

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