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Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Fight Club (1996)

by Chuck Palahniuk

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    Ultra Fuckers by Carlton Mellick III (tankexmortis)
    tankexmortis: Like Fight Club, Ultra Fuckers is anti-conformist and could be beloved by hipsters. Unlike Fight Club, Ultra Fuckers does not take itself very seriously. It's also much more weird.
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    The Seven Madmen by Roberto Arlt (CarlosMcRey)
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    keristars: Palahniuk says in an afterword that Fight Club was intended to be similar to the Great Gatsby. In a way, it really is - there's a similar mood and sort of feeling of despair at modern society, though the Great Gatsby was written and occurs seventy years before Fight Club. The relationships between the primary three characters in each novel are also similar.… (more)

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i am Chuck’s Anticivilization Catharsis.

we want numbly the breakdown of all that holds us to civilized behavior. we are trapped in this mundane life and live so far from our biology that we have ceased to thrive. we feel it and we don’t. we long for free air where our moves aren’t second-guessed and judged round the clock but aren’t sure why our frustration smolders.

Palahniuck offers a release valve for this impacted rage in the form of a compelling vision of a would-be revolution against the fundamentals of modern Western culture. no more wage slavery, no more taxation, no more PTO, fossil fuels. just realize we are crud on the shoe of the universe and take us back to the Garden, please, where we can don the mantle of Noble Savage once again and live happily “stalking elk through the damp canyon forests around the ruins of Rockefeller Center.”

the movie? a masterpiece. as a book adaptation? spot on. it captures the atmosphere of the book and delivers the message without flinching. i think that had Fincher watered the message down, Hollywood might have been short a pair of testicles in under 5 minutes.

back to the book: succinct and truthful, tidbits of remotely associated knowledge fatten the prose: demolition, soap-making, medical refuse, posh catering, secret subliminal film splicing, attending support groups for fun-- it’s all here. the world as is. no varnish. intriguing and full of decomposing life.

i am Chuck’s Buddhist Vision.

my copy of the book was obtained from a library booksale. it had been chewed by something with teeth leaving a hole in the cheek of the book, like a hanging chad. there were also several mangled or missing pages that i had to splice in from a whole copy from the library. now, the book in which i invested creaks and groans, pops and crunches, and wants to open itself to those replaced and poorly copied pages. feels a little like Project Mayhem.

my copy of Fight Club is perfect. ( )
1 vote keebrook | Mar 10, 2015 |
Its sad when you re-read a book that was one of your favorites years ago only to discover that its lost a lot of its luster. ( )
  Book_Minx | Jan 24, 2015 |
It would have made an incredible short story, but, for me, as a novel "Fight Club" became rather long-winded and predictable well before the end. ( )
  NatalieSW | Dec 3, 2014 |
Re-read. Good, but not as good as first time as it's probably too dependent on the one plot device. ( )
  pan0ramix | Nov 25, 2014 |
This novel embodies the nineties by magnifying its mistrusting, rule-rejecting, self-reliant characters - all members of Generation X. It is a dark, twisted tale of self loathing and self destructive behavior which culminates in a surprise revelation that makes you want to start the book again. I saw the movie 15 years ago and then promptly forgot the plot (but managed to not forget Brad Pitt) so the movie did not spoil the book for me. I was impressed with the author's quirky writing style and there is no doubt that this style of writing has contributed to the many lines of this book now embedded in pop culture: "The first rule of Fight Club is..." ( )
  kellifrobinson | Nov 25, 2014 |
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A volatile, brilliantly creepy satire filled with esoteric tips for causing destruction, Fight Club marks Chuck Palahniuk's debut as a novelist. Ever wonder how to pollute a plumbing system with red dye, or inject an ATM machine with axle grease or vanilla pudding? Along with instructions for executing such quirky acts of urban terrorism, Fight Club offers diabolically sharp and funny writing.
This brilliant bit of nihilism succeeds where so many self-described transgressive novels do not: It's dangerous because it's so compelling.
added by Shortride | editKirkus Reviews
Every generation frightens and unnerves its parents, and Palahniuk's first novel is gen X's most articulate assault yet on baby-boomer sensibilities. This is a dark and disturbing book that dials directly into youthful angst and will likely horrify the parents of teens and twentysomethings. It's also a powerful, and possibly brilliant, first novel.
added by Shortride | editBooklist, Thomas Gaughan
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.
added by Shortride | editPublishers Weekly

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For Carol Meader, who puts up with all my bad behavior.
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Tyler gets me a job as a waiter, after that Tyler's pushing a gun in my mouth and saying, the first step to eternal life is you have to die.
1. You don't talk about fight club.

2. You don't talk about fight club.

3. When someone says stop, or goes limp, even if he's just faking it, the fight is over.

4. Only two guys to a fight.

5. One fight at a time.

6. They fight without shirts or shoes.

7. The fights go on as long as they have to.

8. If this is your first night at fight club, you have to fight.

– Fight Club, pages 48–50

"Don't think of it as extinction. Think of it as downsizing."
It was that morning that Tyler Durden invented Project Mayhem.
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Many fight club rules.
Do not talk about fight club.
Wait... who is Tyler?
Where's Tyler Durden?
Every time I turn around
Seems he has just left.

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0393327345, Paperback)

The only person who gets called Ballardesque more often than Chuck Palahniuk is, well... J.G. Ballard. So, does Portland, Oregon's "torchbearer for the nihilistic generation" deserve that kind of treatment? Yes and no. There is a resemblance between Fight Club and works such as Crash and Cocaine Nights in that both see the innocuous mundanities of everyday life as nothing more than the severely loosened cap on a seething underworld cauldron of unchecked impulse and social atrocity. Welcome to the present-day U.S. of A. As Ballard's characters get their jollies from staging automobile accidents, Palahniuk's yuppies unwind from a day at the office by organizing bloodsport rings and selling soap to fund anarchist overthrows. Let's just say that neither of these guys are going to be called in to do a Full House script rewrite any time soon.

But while the ingredients are the same, Ballard and Palahniuk bake at completely different temperatures. Unlike his British counterpart, who tends to cast his American protagonists in a chilly light, holding them close enough to dissect but far enough away to eliminate any possibility of kinship, Palahniuk isn't happy unless he's first-person front and center, completely entangled in the whole sordid mess. An intensely psychological novel that never runs the risk of becoming clinical, Fight Club is about both the dangers of loyalty and the dreaded weight of leadership, the desire to band together and the compulsion to head for the hills. In short, it's about the pride and horror of being an American, rendered in lethally swift prose. Fight Club's protagonist might occasionally become foggy about who he truly is (you'll see what I mean), but one thing is for certain: you're not likely to forget the book's author. Never mind Ballardesque. Palahniukian here we come! --Bob Michaels

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The rise of a terrorist organization, led by a waiter who enjoys spitting in people's soup. He starts a fighting club, where men bash each other, and the club quickly gains in popularity. It becomes the springboard for a movement devoted to destruction for destruction's sake.… (more)

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