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Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

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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    Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (Sylak)
    Sylak: A man unwittingly becomes involved in a surreal underworld parallel to his own.
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    American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (sacredheartofthescen)
    sacredheartofthescen: Both about bored men in American society that found odd ways to fill their time and become what they want to be.
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    Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse (paradoxosalpha)
    paradoxosalpha: Fight Club could be read as an updated rewriting of Steppenwolf, with Hermine replaced by Tyler Durden, and the dance hall transformed to the fight club. Maria becomes Marla, and the Magic Theater becomes Operation Mayhem.
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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)
    CarlosMcRey: Like Palahniuk's Joe, Arlt's Remo Erdosain seeks salvation through depravity and self-destruction in the midst of an urban wasteland.
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    catdog2: similar themes
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    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (keristars)
    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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4,5 estrellas! Qué entretenido fue leer este libro. No he visto la película, así que para los que tampoco la han visto, en resumen se trata de lo siguiente: Un tipo al cual nunca mencionan su nombre está tan chato de su vida, de su pega, y de todas las cosas que le han pasado, que desarrolla un insomnio crónico. Aunque logra un poco de paz asistiendo a grupos de apoyo para personas con cáncer (fingiendo tener cáncer), su vida realmente cambia cuando conoce a Tyler, un tipo inteligente y rebelde que tiene una visión muy particular del mundo. De ahí para adelante, se arma la historia.

Como no he visto la película, en realidad no sabía qué esperar del libro, aunque como sí he visto la publicidad de la película, inevitablemente me imaginaba al narrador como Edward Norton, y a Tyler como Brad Pitt (y ahora googleando me entero que Marla está representada por Helena Bonham Carter y WE-ON, es ELLA! Qué bien hecho el casting. Ella va justo para lo que uno se imagina que es Marla Singer).

Aunque a veces el libro era un poco enredado, especialmente al inicio de los capítulos, lueguito uno volvía a agarrar el hilo, y eso es puro talento del autor, porque no era que de pronto empezara a hablar cosas coherentes, sino que hace que, inexplicablemente, te sientas cómodo con la incoherencia del relato. Algo así como cuando uno sueña cosas imposibles (como que haya un lago en el living de la casa), pero en el sueño tú dices "ah, demás". Una vez que uno se acostumbra a la forma de escribir del autor, la cosa es más fácil y tenía unas frases buenísimas y partes en las que no pude evitar reírme fuerte en la micro, porque era imposible no reírse con las imágenes mentales que se formaban leyendo el libro. Ojo que no es una comedia, es una historia más bien negra, de gente super autodestructiva y muy infeliz con sus vidas, pero como te la cuenta uno de los flaquitos que es miserable, desde un punto de vista tan directo, no puedes no reírte de las ironías de la vida.

Después voy a ver la película, ojalá hayan podido captar esa parte humorística del relato, porque creo que es la mitad de la gracia del libro. Ya, en resumen, me gustó, es un libro cortito, rápido, y que te deja pensando. Ah! Y acabo de enterarme que Palahniuk está trabajando en una secuela, así que hay que estar atentos :)
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  Danyspike | Jan 13, 2017 |
Creepy and brilliant. ( )
  Juliasb | Dec 1, 2016 |
3 stars ( )
  JennysBookBag.com | Sep 28, 2016 |
Up to maybe 2/3 of the book this was the worst book I had ever read. Until it all started making sense. ( )
  avalinah | Sep 11, 2016 |
Without meaning, all are equal.

It’s human nature to look for meaning; to try and create some sense of order. Fight Club suggests that order and meaning are the problem. In our struggle to find meaning we impose lies upon ourselves; in our desire to create order we enslave ourselves to those lies.
The narrator struggles with apathy, going to extreme lengths to garner the sympathy he craves, until he meets Tyler. Together they explore their shared dissatisfaction and anger.
The structure of the story mimics the chaotic philosophy of its characters. Each chapter begins in the height of a scene, and quickly jumps through numerous other moments in the story. Most are only one or two sentences long, while others may be a paragraph. This montage style of writing serves to downplay the events of the story, highlighting the underlying ideas through the dark humor of the narrator, which may be its only real shortcoming. Much of the humor is rooted in crude pranks and explicit references to bodily functions and fluids. But, if you can overlook that, the story still offers some very unique perspectives on capitalist society.

+Strong Ideas
+Strong Characters
*Dark Humor
*Disjointed Plot

4.5/5 ( )
  adamg211 | Sep 1, 2016 |
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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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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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