Fight Club: A Novel

by Chuck Palahniuk

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

Fight Club: A Novel is rated 4.7273 out of 5 by 22.

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

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393066398

ISBN - 13: 9780393066395

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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 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 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

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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.