Fight Club by Chuck PalahniukFight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Fight Club

byChuck Palahniuk

Paperback | September 27, 2005

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In his debut novel, Chuck Palahniuk showed himself to be his generation's most visionary satirist. Fight Club's estranged narrator leaves his lackluster job when he comes under the thrall of Tyler Durden, an enigmatic young man who holds secret boxing matches in the basement of bars. There two men fight "as long as they have to." A gloriously original work that exposes what is at the core of our modern world.
Chuck Palahniuk is the best-selling author of fourteen fictional works, including Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, Choke, Lullaby, Diary, Haunted, Rant, Pygmy, Tell-All, Damned, Doomed, Beautiful You and, most recently, Make Something Up. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.
Title:Fight ClubFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:September 27, 2005Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393327345

ISBN - 13:9780393327342


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I love this book (movie is incredible). Highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended The Book was just as great as the movie.
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The book and the movie can be enjoyed seperately I loved the movie which i saw before reading this book which I also loved. I think the movie had a little more satisfying ending but I love reading more details about all the shit that was done in the name of tyler.
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Good Read I wanted to read the book before watching the movie since I heard the story was pretty good. I love Palahniuk's novels but it's usually a hit or miss for me. This one was outstanding, not my favourite but still kept me reading until the end.
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm going to break the first rule of Fight Club I love Palahniuk's books, and this is no exception. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Its okay very confusing to read when first starting
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty ok Didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I did. However, I do find that Palahniuk writes the same main characters over and over--If you've read one of his books, you've basically read them all.
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from from a chuck fan while this is a good read and obviously the movie is very popular. more so than the book as it is often unknown that this was a book. it is not the best display of his writing. he is my favorite author and i for sure suggest reading this, but suggest his other work more.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from meh I think Brad Pitt made this book much more popular than it should ever have been. I do not like Palahniuk's writing style, but I suppose that is a personal matter of taste, but I have read a few of his book and have yet to enjoy one. If you're really bored try it otherwise skip it
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't miss While it certainly isn't my favorite, it's easy to see how Fight Club became such a cult classic. The heavy themes of nonconformity, capitalism, anarchy, and mental illness certainly make up a very strong base, but the wildness of the story itself and the humour of the characters are what really make it unforgettable.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read One of the few times I watched a movie before the book. Thankfully both were extremely well done. This was a great read, and I've bought it for friends as well.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Read Furious book, non-stop action and shocking scenes, charismatic characters and very engaging and fast style. It lacks a bit of cohesion, the story changes its main topic sometime around the middle of the book and the ending is not cathartic enough to be a classic, but it's close. Recommended.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fight Club When the movie came out, I absolutely HATED Fight Club. I thought perhaps I should give the book a read and I would enjoy the story more. Nope, still hate this one. It's disappointing because I do like Palaniuk's other works.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome Review I wrote after First Reading: I will be honest, I think if I hadn't seen the movie before reading this, I would have been confused and lost often throughout the book. The book was all over the place, and was sometimes hard to keep up. But I think because I saw the movie, it was easy for me to refence pieces of the book to the movie, and understand what was going on easier. But with that being said, I LOVED the narration. I just got lost in his words, and taken away to some place else. I loved the storyline. I loved the characters. I found myself re-reading my favourite parts on more than one occasion just because I loved to read it out loud. Parts of it were funny, too. Review after reading it for SECOND time: I just finished re-reading this book (about 5 years later) and I'm not really sure why I thought the book was "all over the place" the first time I read it. Because reading it a second time (and not remembering details well enough for it to make it less complicated the second time) I really didn't think it was hard to follow at all. I thought it was well written and the parts that went back and forth were not at all confusing. The back and forth thing was well done, I thought. I must have been stupid 5 years ago. ha. anyways, still 5 stars, but not just because I LOVE the narration. Also because it was well written and NOT hard to piece together.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So cool I love his stories : ) I preferred the movie because they did such a great job... but it's worth a read
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Way better than the movie! If you liked the movie you will love the book! They left alot of things out of the movie from the book. Chuck Palanuik is so unique in his writing style it's hard to put this book down! Definetly a great book and would recommend to everybody!
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An essential Palahniuk read! If you enjoyed the movie then you absolutely need to read this book.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best novels I've ever read Dark humour, fast paced, incredibly crafted novel.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from MEh The movie based on this is great, but the book isn't.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Movie Is Better The movie would not exist without the book, but it worked better visually rather than on paper.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Exact Adaptation If you've seen the movie, you've read the book.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Weird, but not bad This was hard to follow, but not a bad book. Took itself a little too seriously, I think.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Unpredictable ending as usually, very engaging narrative, hooks you on from teh very first pages.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than expected! I had seen the movie when it first came out (and multiple times since), and I have read half of Palahniuk's library, so I was a little worried that reading this novel would be somewhat boring and repetitive. I was surprised by how fresh the writing and the plot still felt, even though I knew what was going to happen. This is one book that deserves all of the attention that it gets. It is smart, funny, and transgressive in the best types of way. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Saver This was the novel that made me love Chuck Palahniuk. The novel is so much more explicit and in-depth than the movie, it's definitely worth the read if you enjoyed Brad Pitt's Tyler Durden. It gets a little dark, as do most of Palahniuk's stories, but that's what makes them unique. As odd as this may be, I suffer from depression and reading this novel lifts my spirits and helps me not feel so bad about my life. Pretty sure it's supposed to do the opposite, but this book (and this author) have helped me out of some tough spots.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Loved the movie. Loved the book.
Date published: 2015-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fight Club If you loved the movie, you'll love the book and vise versa. I love how the movie follows closely to the book and not just loosely based on as most movie-based-on-book are now a days.
Date published: 2015-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The first rule of fight club... A modern day classic. In today's day and age, project mayhem would be considered a terrorist cell and undoubtedly infiltrated and destroyed by the FBI, but at least the ideal of undermining dysfunctional and oppressive social institutions is there.
Date published: 2015-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Jam-packed even it's short. This is my first read in Kobo Glo. Even I already watched it the book didn't disappoint me. Palahniuk is genius.
Date published: 2015-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fight club Really such an interesting read. Love it every time. "Sometimes being tired isn't the same as being rich, but it's close enough."
Date published: 2014-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Awesome book, different from the movie but great in its own way.
Date published: 2014-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic LOVED THE BOOK. Writing style, perspective, detail, description, plot, erethang. Only book I'll read more than once. :))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic A fantastic look at an everyman's sanity unraveling from the frustrations of a modern, mediocre life. Fight Club serves as a perfect representation of how a typical angry youth-young adult views the world. Palahniuk's minimalistic prose makes this book an easy read, while still being thought provoking enough to warrant discussion even nearly two decades after the book's publication.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fight club Badass book i'm reading again !
Date published: 2013-12-18
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
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 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 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 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 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 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

Editorial Reviews

Diabolically sharp and funny. — Washington Post Book World

An astonishing debut.... ?a dark, unsettling, and nerve-chafing satire. — Seattle Times

A noir fable with a potent punch.... A genuine, two-fisted talent. — Katherine Dunn

Amazing and artful disturbance. ?Fight Club ?is for everybody who thinks and loves the fine American language. — Barry Hannah