Every weekend, in basements and parking lots across the country, young men with good white-collar jobs and absent fathers take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded for as long as they have to. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything. Fight Club is the ...Read MoreEvery weekend, in basements and parking lots across the country, young men with good white-collar jobs and absent fathers take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded for as long as they have to. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything. Fight Club is the invention of Tyler Durden, projectionist, waiter and dark, anarchic genius. And it's only the beginning of his plans for revenge on a world where cancer support groups have the corner on human warmth.Read Less
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It's Fight Club. Read it. Watch the film. They are both great. The End.
Aug 5, 2011
Movie is as good as the book
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Jul 4, 2009
Bleak but a whirlwind of a read
I see we're all violating rules 1 and 2 on Fight Club ;-) . Not a book for everybody. It's a dark but thrilling look at the societal cocoon we've created that trades true living for a continuous yet ultimately unsatisfying dose of short-term pleasure and risk-aversion. I think this was Palahniuk's first novel, and he'll suck you in quickly and have you tearing down the highway at 180 mph in no time. If you can get past the nihilism, you'll find yourself thinking about where you stand on this and what your response is.
May 20, 2008
A MUST READ FOR ALL
This is a must read for everyone. After not reading for most of my teens, this book inspired me to pick up a book instead of flipping through tv channels. The book is about how main character, Jack, becomes friends with the erratic Tyler Durden. Tyler leads jack from his life of normality, to a life of action and lunacy. Following this life, Jack learns the disturbed truth of who Tyler Durden really is. This book will keep you reading to the end. The one thing you should keep on your mind while reading is, Who is Tyler Durden?
Oct 6, 2007
I love this book. Palahniuk has a very interesting writing style, one based on few descriptions and many actions. This drives the book through the reader's head at a very fast pace, which fits the story perfectly. Don't read this book if you are averse to sexual or violent descriptions, or are a huge proponent of consumerist-materialist culture. If you're trying to get started with this author, this is a good place to start.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-06-03 Featuring soap made from human fat, waiters at high-class restaurants who do unmentionable things to soup and an underground organization dedicated to inflicting a violent anarchy upon the land, Palahniuk's apocalyptic first novel is clearly not for the faint of heart. The unnamed (and extremely unreliable) narrator, who makes his living investigating accidents for a car company in order to assess their liability, is combating insomnia and a general sense of anomie by attending a steady series of support-group meetings for the grievously ill, at one of which (testicular cancer) he meets a young woman named Marla. She and the narrator get into a love triangle of sorts with Tyler Durden, a mysterious and gleefully destructive young man with whom the narrator starts a fight club, a secret society that offers young professionals the chance to beat one another to a bloody pulp. Mayhem ensues, beginning with the narrator's condo exploding and culminating with a terrorist attack on the world's tallest building. Writing in an ironic deadpan and including something to offend everyone, Palahniuk is a risky writer who takes chances galore, especially with a particularly bizarre plot twist he throws in late in the book. Caustic, outrageous, bleakly funny, violent and always unsettling, Palahniuk's utterly original creation will make even the most jaded reader sit up and take notice. Movie rights to Fox 2000. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2008-08-25 The 2008 audio edition of Palahniuk's ground-breaking 1996 novel provides a timely opportunity to contemplate the direction of Generation X and the wider, popular culture over the past dozen years. The white, male, 20-something angst of the story's unnamed protagonist and his mysterious partner in crime, Tyler Durden, may now sometimes seem like slightly dated grunge rock. Also, the themes of domestic terrorism and insurrection certainly play differently in a post-September 11 world. Yet Palahniuk's power to provoke our collective sacred cows remains undeniable. The narrative--with its delusional twists and turns--presents serious challenges on audio. James Colby cleverly plays deadpan cool through much of the early plot exposition so that the chaos that eventually takes hold becomes all the more eerie and surreal. He pulls off the convoluted climactic revelations with emotional authenticity. The listening experience may be too jarring for general audiences merely hoping for a commute diversion. However, the release offers today's crop of young urban hipsters an opportunity to connect with the voices of a previous decade. A W.W. Norton paperback (Reviews, June 3, 1996). (July) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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