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Fight Club (original 1996; edition 1997)

by Chuck Palahniuk

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Title:Fight Club
Authors:Chuck Palahniuk
Info:An Owl Book / Henry Holt and Co. (1997), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 208 pages
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Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (1996)

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The protagonist, who remains nameless, is an insomniac leading a bland corporate existence, investigating accidents for a car company, whose only concern is profit. Unable to find meaning in a faceless consumerist society, he instead seeks solace in support groups, for a wide range of potentially terminal diseases, including testicular cancer and brain parasites, ailments which he himself is not afflicted with. He is not alone in masquerading as the seriously ill: there is also Marla, a dysfunctional nihilist with a deeply troubled past, whose presence at these gatherings he resents.

Everything changes abruptly when our main character meets Tyler Durden, a fervent anarchist, who works as a projectionist and waiter. Tyler is hellbent on creating mayhem at every opportunity, even during his working hours, when he can be found inserting obscene images onto film reels and urinating in his hotel’s wealthy clients’ soups.

Tyler, whose belligerent attitude towards social norms is matched only by his organisational skills and leadership abilities, forms a fight club. Every Sunday during the early hours men congregate to fight one-on-one in basements and car lots. These disenfranchised young men were brought up with absent fathers and fed on a diet of mass media that led them to believe they would be superstars. It is only now that they have come to the realisation that their destiny is to toil in low paid blue-collar positions and office jobs, devoid of meaning. These angry individuals, now empowered by Fight Club are ready to bring about Tyler’s dream of returning the world to a hunter-gatherer society. Our protagonist had until his introduction to Fight Club been a co-operative and meek employee, but now he typifies this response and casts a sinister presence in the office, constantly bruised, bloodied and with the permanent fixture of a hole through his cheek. The Fight Club phenomena soon becomes a frenzy, with new clubs forming throughout the country and Tyler finds his dream of bringing about social dissolution gaining momentum, as his plans evolve into self-destruction and terrorism with Project Mayhem. However we discover that all is not what it initially appears to be when a revelation alters the protagonist’s understanding and reaction to the unfolding events.

Palahniuk takes us on a journey through a dark, menacing and brutal world that mirrors the film it inspired almost exactly. Fight Club is nothing if not controversial and the constant violent descriptions, nihilism and references to subjects such as human soap and descriptions of disease will not be to every reader’s liking. However whatever our personal opinion may be on these matters, it is widely accepted that Fight Club proves to be adept at both exploring the very nature of violent behaviour and commenting on society at large. ( )
1 vote guyportman | Apr 7, 2014 |
One of the first novels I've ever read (outside assigned school reading) really helped set the pace for what I was going to be interested in. Saw the movie first, loved it. While the original ending is different than the David Fincher film, I prefer the book to the movie. ( )
  branimal | Apr 1, 2014 |
If you have this new edition, the Afterword is definitely worth reading. Palahniuk discusses the book, his life, the movie, fame, Brad Pitt, all of it. ( )
  alienhard | Mar 26, 2014 |
Ci sono volte che sono in imbarazzo a dare giudizi a libri, tanto più se tanti, non solo su anobii, ne parlano e scrivono entusisticamente. Però... il mio voto a FC è due stelle e mezzo: la mezza stelletta se l'è guadagnata con la seconda parte, la prima è francamente noiosetta.
  gfonte | Mar 15, 2014 |
Poi sei intrappolato nel tuo bel nido e le cose che una volta possedevi, ora possiedono te "Violento, disturbato, psicotico. Fight Club racchiude nelle sue 220 pagine (ed. Piccola Biblioteca Oscar Mondadori, 2004) le psicosi della “Generazione X” americana (e non solo). Primo romanzo di Chuck Palahniuk, scrittore, giornalista freelance, saggista e reporter di viaggio statunitense. L'anonima voce narrante è quella di un qualsiasi impiegato medio, benestante dell'America moderna, che giorno dopo giorno accresce dentro di se l'insoddisfazione ed il senso di mancata realizzazione. Fin quando non incontra Tyler Durden, e trasforma la sua vita in una guerra contro il mondo intero e tutti i suoi stereotipi di normalità. L'autodistruzione dei “Fight Club” è l'unico modo che permette hai protagonisti di cercare di sovvertire questo sistema immondo che li/ci governa e li/ci manovra. I Fight Club sono il ritrovo dell'umanità, ricchi e poveri, buoni e cattivi non esistono più, ci sono soltanto delle semplicissime regole da rispettare: Prima regola del Fight Club, non parlate mai del Fight Club, seconda regola del Fight Club, non dovete mai parlare del Fight Club, terza regola del Fight Club, niente scarpe niente camicia, quarta regola del Fight Club, combattono soltanto due persone alla volta, quinta regola del Fight Club, soltanto un combattimento alla volta, sesta regola del Fight Club, Il combattimento finisce quando uno dei due dice basta, o e' troppo spompato, o si accascia a terra, ultima regola del Fight Club, se è la vostra prima sera al Fight Club, dovete combattere. Il Fight Club è uno stile di vita, che cerca violentemente di sovvertire lo stato di cose plastificato e preconfezionato che ogni giorno ci viene servito sulle nostre tavole. Libro complesso e non facilmente digeribile ad una prima e superficiale lettura, ma senza alcun dubbio un pugno in faccia, diretto e sfrontato, al mondo moderno e alla nostra gretta e capitalistica cultura occidentale, fatta di superficialità ed irrefrenabile attrazione per l'apparire ed il possedere. ""Poi sei intrappolato nel tuo bel nido e le cose che una volta possedevi, ora possiedono te"" ( )
  TheClash976 | Mar 14, 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.
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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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Haiku summary
Many fight club rules.
Do not talk about fight club.
Wait... who is Tyler?
(hiddenpunk)
Where's Tyler Durden?
Every time I turn around
Seems he has just left.
(Carnophile)

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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