Fight Club: A Novel

by Chuck Palahniuk

W. W. Norton & Company | October 17, 2005 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Fight Club: A Novel is rated 4.5556 out of 5 by 54.

The first rule about fight club is you don't talk about fight club.

Chuck Palahniuk's outrageous and startling debut novel that exploded American literature and spawned a movement. Every weekend, in the basements and parking lots of bars across the country, young men with white-collar jobs and failed lives take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded just 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 violent revenge on an empty consumer-culture world.

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Published: October 17, 2005

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0393066398

ISBN - 13: 9780393066395

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk “You are not special. You're not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else. We're all part of the same compost heap. We're all singing, all dancing crap of the world.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club The first thing I noticed when I opened this treasure chest of a book up was the writing style. Palahniuk uses plenty of repetitive writing throughout Fight Club’s entirety. The way he phrases everything really lets you absorb what’s happening, as well as capture your attention from the first chapter. As you go through the beginning there several parts that are hard to understand because you don’t know the full story, but the repetitive writing keeps you focused and wanting more. Next thing that made this book unique was how the author wove the story together. As a reader, you are thrown into random settings which keep you guessing but still wanting more. I was dragged through this book by the continuous thread of dark poetry. Unlike anything I’ve ever read really. So there you have it folks, add this to your to read list. It’s a classic. 5 OUT OF 5. Read this review on my book review blog http://insubstanial.blogspot.ca/2013/04/fight-club-by-chuck-palahniuk.html
Date published: 2013-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique If you have ever felt that a book was written specifically for you and speaks to you on a level that is beyond comprehension you will understand how I feel about Fight Club. The unique qualities are endless. The imagination and details are absorbing. But some of the biggest delights I had with Fight Club came from the ever dark sense of humor... or maybe it was just my dark sense of humor. It is easy to see that this book isn’t for everyone. But like it or not this book has and will continue to ingrain itself in pop culture. It is so easy to sit back and marvel at the genius of Palanhiuk in this book. He exposes points that are not easily talked about and feelings that are not easily explained. If you feel like your life needs a violent shake up I would approach this book with caution. The most sobering thing about this book is that even the exaggerations seem logical. People may describe Fight Club as over the top but it needs to be. In a society where what it means to be a man is in need of a punch Fight Club is an uppercut. Check out my first published work Defenseless
Date published: 2012-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great! This book is about a schizophrenic named Edward that loses everything in life and that meet is other personality named Tyler. This will changes his life beacuse Tyler is everything the Edward has wanted to be. Through the book we see that Tyler does a lot of illegal thing sand that Edwrds starts to realise that he should ''leave'' Tyler. The problem is that is already being dominated by his crazy personnality so Edward will have to find a way to get back to his own life. This book is fantastic. The way the author catches the interest of the reader at the beginning of the book makes him never want to stop reading it. Indeed, the fact that we read about the two personalities of a schizophrenic allows us to learn about it feels to be in this position. Both part of the character are very different so we never miss action and we always want to see what will happens with one part of the character depending on the actions of the other part.
Date published: 2012-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Shocking Truth Fight club is really good book. I really liked the story and it helped me to look at the society differently. Surely sometimes the story is a little bit exaggerated and I think that it can be described as a science fiction novel but in another way it show us that we became a society who is always buying more and that is acting weird. What I like about this book is that it took me no time to enter in the story and to stick to the principal character. Finally I really liked how it was written and the subject on it. It wasn’t the best book I read but I really loved it.
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must! I was a bit lost when I first started to read Fight club, as the story is pretty deconstruct at the start. Fight Club tells the story of a man who feels lost and weak in the modern world, and who meets with Tyler, a strong and confident man who helps him turn his life around through fighting and vandalism. It looks weird when said like that, but it's actally really really good and original. The reason you might feel lost at beginning is because the story always bring you in flashbacks back and forth, but in the end you understand everything and it's really good!
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Read it and see it I was scared to read the book because I loved the movie (and Brad Pitt) so much, but the two are phenomenal as individuals. Some books make the adaptation look like a pile of dung, but not this one, the two are independent pieces of art. The book is written in a very informal way which perfectly fits the dark satirical content. Here's how the author describes this odd perception in the afterword: "Instead of walking a character form scene to scene in a story, there had to be some way to just - cut, cut, cut. To jump. From scene to scene. Without losing the reader. To show every aspect of the story, but only the kernel of each aspect. The core moment. Then another core moment. Then, another." It's great, it's dark, it's entertaining, it's confusing, it's just plain fabulous.
Date published: 2011-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! This was my first Chuck Palahniuk book. I really enjoyed it. At first Palahniuk's writing style was sth to adjust to but you quickly get into it. I also loved the movie.
Date published: 2011-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great movie, awesome book Chuck Palahniuk combines an ingenious plot with his signature dark and twisted writing style to form a masterpiece. You've probably seen the movie, but it's definitely worth reading the book. This is because Palahniuk entertains you from chapter to chapter. The plot, although essential to the movie, takes a backseat to clever writing in the novel.
Date published: 2010-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark Awesome read! Unfortunately for those of us who have seen the movie, it spoils the whole mystery of the plot and wording, however it was still great.
Date published: 2010-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is exilerating!! This book is very great, I loved it from the beginnig to the end. Chuck Palahniuk is such a great writer, I red the entire novel without putting it down. In the beginnig, you think that the ideas in the novel are all scattered, but when you reach the end...it all makes sense!
Date published: 2010-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'll break the first rule: Let's talk about it!! Allright, i will say it : I saw the movie first. At first, I tought it woulb be a written version of the scenario. But "Hell no"! The characters are not described visually, which enhance the "psycho" part of the novel. I loved that book, twice as much as the movie (allthought two thumbs up for David Fincher, who directed the movie). I recommend "Fight Club" to any man or woman who don't wants to get a headache while reading and wants to really get into it. Have a great reading ya'll!
Date published: 2010-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best!! FANTASTIC!! Chuck Palahniuk is F*CKED in the head and iLove it! This book has a really dark tone to it, but a mood that is comfortable and makes you laugh - it's odd. This book has changed the way I view life forever.
Date published: 2009-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An exhilirating read, Usually great books are either turned into mediocre films or else great films are made from mediocre books (and we won't even get into the sordid details of the novelizations). Fight Club is one of the rare instances where a great film was made from a great book. It is perhaps unfair to mention the film version while discussing the book as they are actually two very different animals. (And animal is the right word -- perhaps uniquely amongst contemporary novelists, Chuck Palahniuk writes novels that seem to live in the reader's hands, often threatening at any minute to lunge for the throat.) While most of the film's incidents are in the book and much of the razor-sharp dialouge is reproduced directly from the page, the book actually has a far greater satiric edge than the film. Whereas the film used the story as a celebration of nihilism, the book is far too self-aware to allow itself to truly celebrate anything. As such, it becomes less a call to action and more a devastatingly real portrait of a society that has become so commercialized and codified that even the once primal act of revolution becomes just another submission to pop culture. Fight Club is the story of an unnamed narrator, an insomniac yuppie who spends his days helping insurance companies get out of having to pay their claims. He wanders through a meaningless life until he discovers the emotional release of attending therapy groups for people suffering from various deadly (and rather embarressing) diseases -- all of which the narrator pretends to have. When the arrival of another "faker" (the wonderfully dark Marla Singer, whose role is far less central in the book than in the film), the narrator finds even the shallow comfort of testicular cancer self-help groups has been taken away from him. Luckily for him, he happens to meet Tyler Durden around this time. And it is Tyler who introduces him to the concept of fighting. What starts as a few rounds in a bar parking lot soon transforms into the nationwide movement known as Fight Club. Every night, yuppies gather together and proceed to beat each other up and get in touch with the pure destructive instinct that society has forced them to suppress. From this violent but relatively benign concept, Tyler sets out to build up an even more extreme movement and our narrator finds his own life suddenly spiraling out of control. To go into any greater details would be unfair to those who have seen neither the film nor the book. All that need be said is that the story never goes where you expect it too and the final twists -- while seeming a bit outlandish at first -- ultimately make a great deal of somewhat sickening sense. As complex as the plot eventually becomes, Palahnuik handles it all with a sparse, deceptively calm style that makes this book the literal epitome of a "page turner" -- once you start reading, you are hooked and it is truly impossible to exit the hauntingly and humorously dark world he's created until you reach the end. Palahnuik proves himself to be an admirably subtle humorist and perhaps the funniest parts of the book comes from the reader's sudden realization that Fight Club has eventually become not so much a group of guerilla freedom fighters in the culture wars but instead simply a twisted mirror image of the weepy self-help groups that it seems to stand against. While the film's final twist remains the same in the book, the end results are far more different. While I personally favor the film's ending, both book and film build up to a strong conclusion that will stick with the reader long after completion. Both the film and the book are truly original works of American Art and to see or read one without the other is to miss out on two exhilirating, similar but ultimately quite different experiences.
Date published: 2009-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from omg the dialogue Jaw droppingly amazing. Don't think that because you've watched the movie you can skip reading this classic. It’s amazing depth in what seems to be the most random dialogues keeps it fresh. Definitely NEEDS to be read!
Date published: 2009-08-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hmmm It may be because I watched the movie first that I didn't really like the book. Sure, it was a great idea, but it was too wordy for me. I think the author though too much of himself.
Date published: 2009-06-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Twisted Not my cup of tea, but I could appreciate it for what it was. There was a great twist near the end that was very unexpected and made me want to reread the book. It was really deep.
Date published: 2009-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing! I loved this novel. I read the entire novel without putting it down. The ideas in the novel are all scattered, but in the end...it all makes sense. It's one of those novels that don't have a predictable ending. It just allowed the mind to think out of the box.
Date published: 2008-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better Then The Movie This was one of the first books I read after seeing the movie. and I'm glad I did. I would've hated the movie. The movie does come close to the book. however the book is so much darker, harder to handle. I loved it! it's more like seeing into someones mind rather then just reading words on a page.
Date published: 2008-12-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Blah I'm very glad to be done this book. It wasn't bad, per say, it was just WAY too A.D.D. for my liking.
Date published: 2008-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of His Best I promised myself that I wouldn't read "Fight Club" until it was the last Palahniuk novel left on the market... and now I'm glad I saved it for last. It honestly is one of his best. I've noticed that he focuses a lot less on the graphic/explicitness of symbolism, and much more on words. I liked that much more, though it's always expected that with Palahniuk, your stomach will be turned half a dozen times over.
Date published: 2008-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Twist! Loved it. Great twist ending.
Date published: 2008-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holy craapp ! I finished this book the other night and I have to say, it definitely makes my top ten list. It's a quick read that really gives you something to think about long after you've finished it. I loved the ending too :)
Date published: 2008-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such a great author! I've been looking over some of Palahniuk's books for awhile now but I hadn't read any. So I decided I would start with his first book, see how he writes and go from there. I can say that I am so glad that I did. His writing is fast paced, interesting and with some of the most unique and disturbing descriptions I have ever read. Really enjoyed this one! I won't bother giving a full plot description of Fight Club, being that it is so well known but I will say that I am absolutely going to read this authors other books.
Date published: 2008-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read There is a reason this book has become a cult classic. It is smart and funny, while being borderline disturbing. Palahniuk definatly knows how to create realistic characters which will be remembered long after the story has been read.
Date published: 2008-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A darker yet somehow brighter way to see life The film has overshadowed this book (and for good reason), but this book is indispensable when it comes to angsty, anarchic literature. The ideas are scattered and diffuse, the characters are broken and reshaped, and through all the chaos something profound emerges. A good read all the way.
Date published: 2008-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read The novel Fight Club is one of my favorites. The Chuck Palahniuk portrays a main character like no other has. The Narrator is a young single professional who finds himself in a weird stage in life, facing himself in a desperate time to turn around his boring life into something he wants to be. He suffers from depression because of his which leads to his insomnia. The narrator meets Tyler Durden, a soap salesman who Is everything the narrator is not and wants to be. They begin to hang out and the narrator begins his battle with his inner self to become something new and amazing. Another important piece of information about the main character which leads to his battle against himself is the fact that he is a consumerism who buys from large corporate companies, such as IKEA. Being sucked into buying from the company makes him sick that he is like everyone else. Tyler Durden becomes a very important character as he is portrayed as his own person. This is done very well by the writer, but in the end the reader is in for a huge twist. Together they plan something that is extreme to try to eliminate consumerism as a whole and help society positively by creating total mayhem in creative ways. The narrator learns a lot about himself by destroying himself and then putting the pieces back together. The story is very spiritual and in my personal opinion is as powerful to question how you live your person life. It’s an in depth adventure within yourself to question what you believe in valuing and what you should be valuing. It is definitely a learning experience as well as a very interesting and unique read. The novel was done so well, that the movie created is almost word for word the exact same.
Date published: 2007-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from People are always asking me if I knew about Joan Didion: A Review of Palahniuk's Fight Club The novel Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk was circulated to his publisher in July 1995 and appeared in print 1996. It was his second novel and is reputed to be a work of reprisal. Palahniuk’s first novel, now published as Invisible Monsters (1999), had been rejected because it was deemed to be too disturbing. Palahniuk wrote Fight Club as an attempt to out do his previous novel on the disturbing front and was offered a contract. The standing joke is that the publisher did not want to see what would happen in a third volume. For the record, it is far less disturbing than Invisible Monsters. The novel was a literary success and received the 1997 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award and the 1997 Oregon Book Award for Best novel. Augmenting this promising beginning, by 1999 the novel was turned into a screenplay and the screenplay into a film. It has to be mentioned that the film departs from the novel in numerous ways. The novel has the structure of a dark romantic comedy and borders on being farcical in terms of its depiction of “the strongest and smartest men who have ever lived.” The narrative can be readily summarized: lonely boy meets girl, boy goes crazy over girl, girl is abducted by a brotherhood band of imbeciles, boy saves girl and girl saves boy who then shoots himself in the face while vicariously destroying a skyline of office buildings. The novel overlaps but the emphasis is different. The novel, we are told by Palahniuk, attempts “to bring men back to reading.” “There’s a reason men don’t read, and it’s because books don’t serve men. It’s time we produce books that serve men.” This interest is detected in the household “recipes” included in the novel. Whereas Nora Ephron includes recipes for potatoes Anna and Key lime pie in her novel Heartburn (a book Palahniuk is no doubt familiar with), Fight Club includes recipes for napalm, gunpowder, and other various explosives. Instead of consciousness-raising (rap sessions, Ephron again) we have tears and silence, followed by Fighting (see Ephron's Crazy Salad or Heartburn). The novel is dark and filled with pathos. In the film one never really gets the impression that the nameless narrator is lonely, heartbroken. This is far more prominent in the novel. Whereas the film banked on an audience that would embrace an anti-corporate message, the novel participates in a different kind of cultural critique, the overcoming of alientation by means of creating a rupture with the past - enacting transformation. What is innovative in Palahniuk is the way in which he envisions transformation: total loss. The passages about self-destruction being the answer speak to the idea that one must be broken before being able to make something better (almost like a Luddite who breaks bodies instead of machines). It is a therapeutic project based on feminism and the civil rights movement, but different. The novel is reminiscent of Sylvia Path’s The Bell Jar, rough and ambiguous. It is written in the minimalist style of Gordon Lish and Tom Spanbauer and Joan Didion. As Palahniuk has indicated in numerous interviews as well as his later collection Stranger than Fiction, Fight Club shares much in common with the writings of Edward Abbey, Douglas Coupland, Joan Didion, Katherine Dunn, Bret Easton Ellis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Amy Hempel, Denis Johnson, Thom Jones, Mark Richard, and Joy Williams (to name a few of its more prominent influences). Despite the usual reference to Nietzsche, Camus, and Freud it is more likely that Palahniuk’s debts are to Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell. I would also argue there is a largely unacknowledged stylistic debt to "the new journalism" - esp. Tom Wolfe, George Plimpton, Truman Capote, and Joan Didion. It is a compelling reading and is quite open to being consumed in one sitting. I recommend it – and if you like the style and intensity, I highly recommend more from Joan Didion (fiction and nonfiction), Katherine Dunn, and Joy Williams.
Date published: 2007-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My all time favourite! This book is the most incredible book ever written. Once I discovered Chuck Palahniuk, I just couldn't help but read all the books he's written. Now I impatiently wait for him to write more! He is an incredible author and this is by far the best book I've ever read!
Date published: 2007-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tyler Durden = My Twisted Hero In complete honesty I got forced to read Fight Club by a number of my friends who told me how great this book is. So I bought myself a copy sat down and started to read. Realizing at 1am that I haven't put the book down for over 4 hours. I am obsessed with this book. The characters and complexity of the novel are mind blowing. Not to mention all the controversy Chuck Palahniuk adds into this novel. While reading I had myself wishing that Fight Club truly exsisted and I could be part of Chuck Palahniuk's twisted world. Not to mention how badly I wish I could meet the famous Tyler Durden in person and find out everything going through his head.
Date published: 2006-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind Blowing! A sat myself down today and read the whole novel. After seeing the movie I knew a lot of the things that were going on, however there were many changes. This was a truely well written novel, full of twists and turns. It gives you something to think about, as does all of Chuck's books do.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Non-linear, non-conformist; Before the movie, before Brad Pitt and Edward Norton each filled the infinitely large (the way we think of God's as big) shoes of Tyler Durden, there was a novel. Fight Club is on one hand a greatly entertaining read, a book you can pick up and finish in a day or two. It is also the kind of novel that could be scrutinized and picked apart for several weeks, revealing in the end concepts and ideals that may just change the way you think. In this way, Palahniuk displays an incredible grasp of the novel as a venue for communication--he has taken the torch from great 20th century novelists such as Orwell, Golding, and Steinbeck, and carried it triumphantly into the new century. At the same time, he pushes the boundaries of conventional definitions of the novel genre; his prose is at times more a stream of consciousness than a disembodied narration, and the reader is held completely possessed by the unfolding drama. And, as a lot of this drama takes place within the main character’s mind, the effect is a psychological journey that is everything a good dark comedy should be. Exploring everything from religious convictions, social structures and mechanisms, and the illusion of self, Chuck Palahniuk’s debut novel hits each cylinder squarely. Well worth the money spent.
Date published: 2006-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from tHE bEST I Like this book alot , it was intense, and suspensefull. I needed a good book like this to read. It made me more in depth with my inner most personal thoughts i never thought i had before . Just amazing , Extraordinary phenominal, I loved it. There should be more books out there like this one.
Date published: 2006-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Masterpiece Absolutely perfect. This is the novel that started it all. The movie, the cult following, the university courses, the new outlooks on life. This book changes the way you look at life. You begin to realize how trivial some things can be. If you saw the movie then definetly read the book. The ending is different. You will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2006-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from whoa ..!!! BETTER THAN MOVIE. People often ask me if i know tyler durden ,, my usual answer is 'NO' ...well after watching the movie more than a dozen times, what do u expect me to say...after all the first rule if not to talk about it. but all i can say is .. if u have seen the movie and likes what you saw , then u gotta read this book,,, its like the DVD with the deleted scenes or the directors cut .....its simply AMAZING !!
Date published: 2005-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Movie was Better. I watched the movie first, not knowing that there was a novel. I enjoyed the novel, it's not like it wasn't a good book, it's just that it was very ridgety. It would jump from one subject to the next, and then seventy pages ahead, would expain what it was talking about sevety pages prior. The movie played itself smoothly, and chronologically. It didn't jump. I probably would have enjoyed the book better if I had read it before seeing the movie because there is very little difference between the two.
Date published: 2003-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-read While I don't agree with Project Mayhem(mostly...) I do share many of Tyler Durden's views on today's society. This book was very inspiring, and also funny as heck. You don't get many books not written by either Spider Robinson or Douglas Adams that you can say that about.
Date published: 2003-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fight Club is a modern classic Fight Club is best book i've read in so long. Chuck Palahnuik marries comedy into a dark comedy so beautifully! Even the way that the narrator talks is almost evil in a sense, but with a boyish tone so that you can't possibly hate him. The ending also leaves you with a sense of eerieness, that you can't shake and will leave a lasting impression in your mind for a long time. This is a must read!
Date published: 2001-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing.... After seeing the movie, I was compelled to buy the book. The movie was beautiful, but the book makes things so much better. With the DVD rage being alternate endings, READ THE BOOK. The ending will blow what you think of the movie away. My only beef is that the book was rather expensive for 208 pages.
Date published: 2000-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mayhem in it's essence This book is great. Like the movie, it makes you wonder what the hell is wrong with these guys? Totally different from anything I've ever read, and having just previously finished "The Beach" by Alex Garland I had a taste for the bizarre and this fit the bill. A great read to escape from the everyday boring old sensetive dribble.
Date published: 2000-11-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I would rather see the movie. The book was alright, I read it in about 4 hours. It was more of a screen play than an engaging novel in which a great movie would be built on. It did clear up a few things the movie just wouldn't have the time to go into, but overall spend your money on the video rather than the "novel/screenplay".
Date published: 2000-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fight Club This is the greatest book ever written. It should have a rating higher then a 5. Buy this book, then go and buy the DVD(not the video).
Date published: 2000-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The World Vision Shared I think that when people see something that they can relate to they flock to it. I am one of those who flocked to this masterpiece. I loved everything this book stands for and what it screams at the top of its little paper lungs...WE ARE SCREWED UP! It rocks. Thats all there is to say. get it, be enlightened.
Date published: 2000-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fight Club I never thought anything could top the 'Fight Club' movie until I read this book. Leaving everything to my imagination made the story of corporate take over and letting loose the neck tie is an amazing experience. This book has changed my perspective on life and how it should be worth living.
Date published: 2000-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from There is more to life (not really) Upon finishing the wonderfully dark and witty masterpiece FIGHT CLUB, a person is left to wonder what there is to life and what then men in that book where thinking. The answer is this: A person is not meant to strive for a more materialistic and overall empty life. A person is supposed to do everything they can to shake up the system and prove to the rest of the world that people are not dumb and can make a difference.
Date published: 2000-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk's debut novel Fight Club was a dark well written and powerful novel. A twisted tale of white collar men with good jobs fighting for something to do gets out of hand when founder Tyler Durden starts project mayhem.
Date published: 2000-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enlightened If Fight Club could be resumed in one word, this word would quite simply be: Superectacticlyamazinglyeuphoric. And you can quote me on that.
Date published: 2000-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ain't that just a kick in the head... There is something that happens to you whilst reading a disturbingly brillant novel like Fight Club. You're not quite sure what exactly, a surreal stir in the pit of your stomach that makes all the raging bile in your liver explode in one quick swoosh, something your mind can't quite comprehend until you've given the novel a thouroughly implicit second read. Only then, after having surpassed the initial chock effect a first read gives you, having enraptured yourself into the painfilled words of a true american artist like Palanhiuk who's willing to go the extra mile a strong majority of today's writers can't quite make, that you start to notice the changes this story of liberation through self-destruction renders in you. To quote one of the lines in the book: After Fight Club, we all started to look at things differently. And the reader, of all ages, especially those of the so called X-Generation, will start to look at things differently. As a great fan of Dickens' work, and Doestoevesky, and Shakespeare, I can truly say that Fight Club is the very first novel to surrender so many quotable lines that one comes to mind in every occasion, unmistakably. In closing, READ THIS BOOK. It's worth it. In Tyler we trust.
Date published: 2000-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Companion Pieces I read this book after the movie, so I knew how it was going to end. Even then, the narrative in this book is good enough to stand on its own, and be a different experience than the movie. Subtle differences are interesting to notice, as is the incredible faith the movie had to the novel. In an interview with the author, I read that people attended a lecture of his and started reciting passages from the book-now I see why. It is just that good.
Date published: 2000-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top Notch Fight Club is truly a great novel. It's Darkly hilarious, and it gives comercialistic culture what it deserves: a kick in the pants.
Date published: 2000-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better Than The movie (Of Course) Chuck Palahniuk is a great writer and is one of my favorites. I liked this book a lot but think his other two books are better. I would also recommend “Breakfast of Champions” by Kurt Vonnegut.
Date published: 2000-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Y2K's Heart of Darkness This book is amazingly potent in its message about poeples view of self-improvement. Tyler belives that self destrucion is the answer. The book seems to parallel the journey of Marlow from H of D, with a touch of Buddhist insight. The novel is intense. My favourite read, yours too!
Date published: 2000-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enduring the Everyday With "Fight Club", Palahniuk has posed an interesting question: how much can one person take before the nine to five grind becomes painfully numb? How, in a world of white collars, IKEA and Starbucks, can one truly feel alive anymore? The answer is to embrace the pain. To give it all up and start from zero. The only way not to feel the pain anymore is to truly live through it. This novel is brilliant, twisted, and full of dark humour. It picks you up, shakes everything you thought you believed and leaves you gasping for breath...only to ask for more. More than anything else, "Fight Club" dares to ask the question...do we truly have to lose everything to actually make something of ourselves?
Date published: 1999-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Fight Club...WOW! Everyone should read this book, or at the very least, see the movie. The movie, does not quite compare to the book. Amazing characters, an amazing plot and a wild ending. Buy it, let a few of your friends read it and compare what you all thought of the ending, I bet all of your reactions will be different.
Date published: 1999-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fight Club is... amazing. I've read no other book like this. Few even compare. The informal, yet structured, style, the interesting characters, the originality of the plot, all come together to produce an amazing novel, and all in just over 200 pages.
Date published: 1999-12-07

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Fight Club: A Novel

by Chuck Palahniuk

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: October 17, 2005

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393066398

ISBN - 13: 9780393066395

From the Publisher

The first rule about fight club is you don't talk about fight club.

Chuck Palahniuk's outrageous and startling debut novel that exploded American literature and spawned a movement. Every weekend, in the basements and parking lots of bars across the country, young men with white-collar jobs and failed lives take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded just 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 violent revenge on an empty consumer-culture world.
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