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Fight Club: A Novel Paperback – October 17, 2005
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About the Author
Chuck Palahniuk is the best-selling author of fourteen fictional works, including Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, Choke, Lullaby, Diary, Haunted, Rant, Pygmy, Tell-All, Damned, Doomed, Beautiful You and, most recently, Make Something Up. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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That all being said, I'm happy with my purchase, the book is of high quality and I look forward to revisiting it at a later date. So if you're curious as to the future of Tyler Durden... I recommend you pick this up and read it.
The book is very readable/reader-friendly. I read it over a weekend.
PS if this book ends up resonating with your latent aggressive impulses, try boxing, kickboxing or Jiu Jitsu. (But please don't blow stuff up)
Before the movie would make it a cultural sensation, spawning several real life fight clubs worldwide, there was the book. Author Chuck Palahniuk's first effort would turn out to be a knock-out punch. He admits in the afterward that he was paid a mere $6,000.00 for the manuscript. I hope he's getting paid hand over fist now.
Like most people I didn't know there was a novel until after I had already seen the movie. Fear not, you can still enjoy the book even if you saw the movie and know the twist. The printed story has a different ending.
So why is Fight Club so important? Face it, we're set up from childhood by being told that we're special, we're important, we're number one, we can be anything we want to be, etc. Eventually you realize that the contrary is actually true, we're all pretty insignificant. If said realization doesn't drive you insane or into a deep depression; you accept it and go on to make the most of your mundane life. America is such a commercial advertising driven, materialistic culture; always craving the latest gadget, luxury car, or designer clothing item.
Tyler Durden understands that the things we own, own us. He aggressively casts off the shackles of corporate, materialistic America and becomes free. He recruits an army of disaffected men thru fight club to tear society down brick by brick so that we will all be truly equal. He may be the most electrifying character in the last 25 years.
I didn't see the movie until eight years after it was released. Being a single thirty-something boy myself I immediately identified with it. It spoke to me like no other work ever had before. I was struggling to keep my home and put food in my belly performing a job I despised, because I was told that's what you're supposed to do. I often thought about liquidating my few assets, abandoning my home and liberating myself from the whole scene. In the end, my possessions ultimately won. Their hold on me is too great. I simply can't give up all the things I worked so hard for and nullify my life. It's still fun to entertain the thought though.
If you want to find out where it all began, pick up a copy of the novel.
In the immortal words of Chuck P. this book says it all “You are not special. You're not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else. We're all part of the same compost heap. We're all singing, all dancing crap of the world.”
Get ready for the ride!