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Fight Club: A Novel Paperback – October 15, 1999
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"Fight Club offers diabolically sharp and funny writing." --The Washington Post Book World
"An astonishing debut ... Fight Club is a dark, unsettling and nerve-chafing satire." --Seattle Times
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An underground classic since its first publication in 1996, Fight Club is now recognized as one of the most original and provocative novels published in this decade. Chuck Palahniuk's darkly funny first novel tells the story of a godforsaken young man who discovers that his rage at living in a world filled with failure and lies cannot be pacified by an empty consumer culture. Relief for him and his disenfranchised peers comes in the form of secret after-hours boxing matches held in the basements of bars. Fight Club is the brainchild of Tyler Durden, who thinks he has found a way for himself and his friends to live beyond their confining and stultifying lives. But in Tyler's world there are no rules, no limits, no brakes.
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“Fight Club” is one of the most significant works of literature that resonates in the minds of the readers with the sheer idea of radical societal transformation. This transformation could bring immense change in global society where people presently suffer from the economic hardships and economic system. The author goes on to intertwine the plot, characters and setting so as to manipulate the readers into getting totally engaged to the narrative of the story only to understand how radical the film is in its idea and portrayal of the potential of inner duality of a common man. The cinematic adaptation has only worked to popularize the work of art to the world audience transcending the barriers of culture and communities. Indeed, “Fight Club” is one of finest works of art that talks about societal issues, seeks the identity of the individual, and dares to empower the commoner to be subversive about the entire societal system that is in prevalence. The literary work is truly an exploration of human identity.
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.
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.