- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton (October 17, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780393327342
- ISBN-13: 978-0393327342
- ASIN: 0393327345
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1,852 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Chuck Palahniuk is the best-selling author of eighteen 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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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)
As usual, though, the original product won. Nothing against the movie, which is one of my favorites, but there is no way to inject the rawness of Mr. Paluhniuk’s prose into the entire film.
The writing contains the power of this book, a first-person tale of one man’s battle with the futility of a life that is good, just not good enough. The author brings us into the story just as the main character begins his fall into the rabbit hole, dragging the reader along. It is interesting that the main character never uses his name, though as a plot device this reinforces the characterization.
For those wondering if the book can pull off an ending that can compete with the movie, I can attest the final chapter is very satisfying and is one more reason to pick up the print version. Five well-deserved stars.
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.