The first rule about fight club is you don’t talk about fight club.
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.
This is one of my favourite movies, so I had to read the book. It’s amazing how close certain elements of the movie are to the book, and yet it stands on its own. I loved this story and will likely read this again and again over the years. Hard to believe that this was Chuck’s debut novel.
This book has been on my list to read for years, thank goodness for book clubs. ha.
I can’t decide if it hurt or helped that I had already seen the movie. I feel the book might have had a different impact had I been going in blind. Overall the crazy author voice, redundancy, and over all sentence structure made it a hard book to push though. But I think that was the point, it grounded the character more and gave me a deeper glimpse into his mind.
The story is a roller coaster of misguided truths, and for sure one of those “must read” books that float around on lists.