Fight Club

Fight Club

A Novel

Book - 1997
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In a confusing world poised on the brink of mayhem, Tyler Durden, a projectionist, waiter, and anarchic genius, comes up with an idea to create clubs in which young men can escape their humdrum existence and prove themselves in barehanded fights

McMillan Palgrave
An underground classic since its first publication in 1996, Fight Club is now recognized as one of the most original and provocative novels published in this decade. Chuck Palahniuk's darkly funny first novel tells the story of a godforsaken young man who discovers that his rage at living in a world filled with failure and lies cannot be pacified by an empty consumer culture. Relief for him and his disenfranchised peers comes in the form of secret after-hours boxing matches held in the basements of bars. Fight Club is the brainchild of Tyler Durden, who thinks he has found a way for himself and his friends to live beyond their confining and stultifying lives. But in Tyler's world there are no rules, no limits, no brakes.


Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 1997
Edition: 1st Owl book ed
ISBN: 9780805062977
0805062971
9780805054378
0805054375
9780393039764
0393039765
Branch Call Number: FICTION PALAHNIUK
Characteristics: 208 p. ; 21 cm

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vorsk
Apr 27, 2018

This is Palahniuk at his most accessible. Fight Club is a very straight-forward critique of capitalism. There should be no further spoilers.

If you have seen the movie, how most of us came to Palahniuk, there are little surprises, but more adept critiques of modern culture and consumerism.

If this is your first take on Palahniuk and you enjoyed it, you should read his other pieces. They are all weird, disturbing, and generally in line with challenging a moral order which is illegitimate.

He is one of the premier postmodern authors and you should really sink your teeth in.

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flygt
Apr 24, 2018

I enjoyed the movie more. The book is a couple shades darker in violence and nihilism.

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Persassy
Aug 21, 2016

meh.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 21, 2016

"Probably one of my favourite books of all time, Fight Club is definitely a must-read. Mashing up multiple genres, this book is fast-paced, complex and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Although there is enough action to spare, this book is definitely a think-piece, asking deep philosophical questions that the protagonist does his best to answer. Featuring a great twist and ending that will leave you thinking, Fight Club is a book you just have to read for yourself. 5/5 Stars" - @Fulton of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 26, 2016

Complex. Thrilling. Engaging. Fight Club explores the story of an insomniac coming to grips with himself and his other self, as well as every other character mentioned. An admirable trait about this book is that you never know the next character's motives – they seem to hide behind a veil of ambiguity that pushes the plot into chaotic reading enjoyment. Breaking out of compliance, the narrator ventures through the world that he simultaneously creates and destroys. This book can be described as a social commentary, a love story, a thriller... the list goes on. A must-read for anyone ready to experience the tight-knit secrets of Fight Club.
- @spaghettibro of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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the_law_pay
Mar 13, 2016

The things you own end up owning you. - Nice words from Tyler Durden

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rswcove
Sep 23, 2015

This is a book undone by its finale. The movie solves the problem by not flinching at the critical moment (where the book does flinch and lose its nerve), and as such is a much better version of the story.

That said, up until the book loses its nerve it is a sharp and dark and glorious piece of deconstructive satire. Almost worth the read, but sadly, you're better off watching the film.

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Green_Dog_749
Jun 08, 2015

A quick, witty, read, fans of the movie should love the book it was based off of, because in my opinion it's one of the best book to movie adaptations out there

Mar 31, 2015

With his debut novel, Chuck Palahniuk became a superstar of the transgressive fiction genre--known for stories that feature fringe-dwelling anti-heroes and offer a mix of tragic, ironic humor and scathing social commentary with an anarchic twist. It’s popularity further skyrocketed with the cult success of the excellent film by the same name three years later. Fans of this novel should enjoy Palahniuk’s other novels of the same period, including: ‘Survivor,’ ‘Invisible Monsters,’ and ‘Choke.’

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jenoteacher
Nov 25, 2014

I would've loved this book in high school. It is ugly, nihilistic, in-your-face and disturbing. Its nineties punk-rock aesthetic makes me feel nostalgic and repulsed at the same time. The plot doesn't hang together very well, but the message of giving the finger to consumer culture still resonates (do kids still want to be "outsiders" in the same way we used to?) I watched the movie right after finishing the book, and I think David Fincher's treatment of the plot was funnier, and more deft and self-mocking than the book. He nailed it.

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Green_Dog_749
Jun 08, 2015

"It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything."

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knives94
Jun 11, 2013

his name was robert paulson

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Green_Dog_749
Jun 08, 2015

A gritty mind bending story about a man on his journey to find true release and freedom from his insomnia and worldly possessions

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