You have to be high to write this type of a novel. Or you have to be Chuck Palahniuk. Doomed is a fantastic heap of Ketamine inspired hallucinating bullshit mixed with an irony overdose and pure shot of eternal philosophy on good and evil.
„ Good and evil have always existed. They always will. It‘s only our stories about them that ever change“. Exactly. Therefore, this one is written as a text on Twitter by a 100 percent dead thirteen year old girl Madison Spenser. It appears that Hell has all modern means of communication these days and doesn‘t look as bad as it is!
Being a ghost Madison is returned to the earth on a certain mission and reveals a story of her short life. And here we go – oh, well, don’t forget your Xanax or at least load your popcorn with it (allow me to take a detour of my thoughts and just wonder out loud whether it’s a well planned drug marketing campaign released worldwide – I’ve got definitely overdosed that week by 300 pages of Doomed pitched up with Xanax and a view of Kate Blanchet heroine in Blue Jasmine swallowing handfuls of the same stuff in every second shot).
Anyway, if you’ve read at least one of Chuck Palahniuk’s books, you have to expect unexpected, even if you’ve got a feeling of reading gibberish. Thus, don’t be irritated by a telemarketer’s call – it might be someone who’ll stay revealing all of your future in small bits. Of course, if you don’t mind this someone being Satan himself. Actually, I found this parallel between telemarketing and Hell rather accurate. Bull’s eye!
And the easiness of joining a ghost for a conversation. Take in a certain dose of Ketamine (the bigger the better) and say hello to Madison. The preface of this book should certainly include a warning of not trying to repeat this act at home; otherwise the famous writer might lose a considerable part of his audience.
Doomed is an exaggerated downturn of our sunk in consumerism society. Hence we are introduced to Madlantis, an artificial plastic island built by Madison’s parents where infinite money and infinite freedom prevail. Ironically, this is what modern people search for as opposed to an ancient myth of Atlantis.
Atlantis is not the only classic allusion to the Greek mythology used in the novel. Returning to the earth Madison is compared to Persephone, Hades’ wife who travels between Hell and Earth every six month. Only Madison is Persephone reinvented, determined to reunite all opposites, to reconcile Satan and God.
However, to come to this conclusion the reader has to recycle tons of torn and battered stuff and hear an incredible life story from Madison’s tweets. Killing her grandpa at a public toilet by almost tearing apart his weenie with a help of Charles Darwin’s book or carrying her dead kitty all over the globe tied around her belly till it falls apart are the most freakish episodes with the twisted follow-up into the afterlife.
Madison was thirteen when she died, however her story bears such a sophisticated Chuck Palahniuk style that it is difficult to believe, if it might be delivered by a teenager. Though Madison herself tries to assure otherwise.
Meanwhile the author leads you in cycles like Virgil has lead Dante in The Divine Comedy. Forget pleasure of reading, prepare to face double or triple allegories and you still won’t get the typical ending. Be ready to fail, as “in summation, the predead get everything wrong”. Well, this might be embarrassing but – no way – don’t feel Ctrl+Alt+doomed!