Book Review: Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk

All of the opinions on this book are my own. I am not trying to force a certain thought on people, just expressing how I feel about it.

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“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.”

Synopsis (Goodreads): Every weekend, in basements and parking lots across the country, young men with good white-collar jobs and absent fathers take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded for as long as they have to. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything. Fight Club is the invention of Tyler Durden, projectionist, waiter and dark, anarchic genius. And it’s only the beginning of his plans for revenge on a world where cancer support groups have the corner on human warmth.

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I guess that most people know Fight Club as a movie, and maybe never realised it is based on a book. I didn’t realise. I ‘ve seen the movie before I found out about the book, and this may be one of the best book-to-movie adaptations I have ever seen. When I was reading the book I could completely picture it with the characters from the movie. The movie scenes and actors fit very well with the book. It also helps that the movie is one of my favorites. Okay, enough about the movie. Let’s get to where it started. The book.

We don’t get to know the person that the book is about. We know where he works and what he does, but we don’t get to know his name. He is the narrator. And it is not interesting to know who his name is. It’s all about Tyler Durden. And the narrator knows everything about Tyler. The narrator gives a good image of all the characters that we get to know. I’m thinking of the narrator and Tyler as two completely different people. The narrator as a person that has a really organized life with an office job, nice apartment, furniture and clothes he paid for. Tyler is the completely opposite with a job as a movie projectionist, a more ‘we’ll see whatever happens’ approach to life, and an immense amount of people he knows. The book gave me the feeling of a choice of who you actually want to be. We also have Marla Singer, who portrayed as annoying to me but also made me laugh. A woman who has completely hit bottom and never got up. Her search for attention was annoying, but there was a side that made me smile. A part in the book where Marla found out her mother was boiled made me laugh.

The story contains a lot of little hints and clues that build up to the big plot-twist that blows you away. I’ve seen the movie, so I picked the hints and clues up fast. If you’re reading Fight Club for the first time without having seen the movie, you might want to read the book again to notice the hints and clues. Maybe you will experience the book in a different way with the knowledge that you obtained from the first time. The hints and clues are done in a way that doesn’t make you notice it at the first time and will leave you shocked in the end.

One thing that left me wondering was how it could apply in the real world. It sounds crazy, but organizations like this could work and develop. I’ve read that there are people that tried to mimic certain things from the book. I have no doubt Fight Clubs exist already, but maybe in a different way and less extreme. There may be people crazy enough to try and make kisses on their hands like done in the book. These things are what makes the book so good. It gives you these thoughts of what if. It is so applicable to the real world.

I tried to make this review without spoiling anything. I hope It worked out. 🙂

I gave this book 5/5 stars. Amazing story, amazing plot-twist, amazing characters.

 

 

 

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