- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (19 Aug. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393039765
- ISBN-13: 978-0393039764
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 21.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 662,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazing and artful disturbance. ?Fight Club ?is for everybody who thinks and loves the fine American language. --Barry Hannah" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A great début...Hypnotic, pitiless and told brilliantly' Bret Easton Ellis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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A few things make this book like no other: First, it is extremely violent (think CLOCKWORK ORANGE) only with more focus and drive. Also a different type of violence. Second, it has one heck of a plot--something a lot of "new age" books don't, or even classics for that matter. The idea for the novel is mind-bending on so many levels that there's simply not enough space to go into it here. Suffice it to say that if you read if for the surface story you won't be disappointed, but if you want to dig more and really get into the psychological implications that this book proposes, subtly, then you have quite a lot to ponder.
Our protagonist in this first-rate book is named Jack and he's a sort of everyman, though with a new twist. He hates his job (who doesn't?) and is one messed up guy. Jack meets Tyler (Durden), who makes soap and a lot more, if you know what I mean. Between these two guys, they develop a "fight club" so that other frustrated men can be the heck out of each other, releasing their tensions, macho-bonding, and just about everything else you could throw into the mix. The novel develops a little slowly at first, but by two thirds of the way into it, you'll be hooked and wanting to know what happens to the characters. The ending is like no other and no spoilers will be placed here--you'll just have to read it.
One other notable point is that the movie follows the book pretty much on cue.Read more ›
The best for me is that this book has something for everyone; interesting characters, powerful good writing, amazing plot, strong images and great depth. You are taken on a journey with this book and it is your choice whether you wish to be liberated through the core violence or carried away in the underlying existential sentiment.
It is one of those books that demand a second reading together with a pen and notebook.
"One minute was enough, Tyler said, a person had to work hard for it, but a minute of perfection was worth the effort. A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection."
How could this be a book?
Is that even possible?
The movie alone was so unbelievable that if it were done wrong, it would've been a horrible mess. But it was done just right, and the results were amazing.
One of my friends had read the book and told me on many occasions, "You've got to read the book." I told him that I've already seen the movie, and again, he says to me, "You've got to read the book. It's great, and it's actually different from the movie in a lot of parts."
That worried me, because I absolutely LOVED the movie. It's one of my favorites. I remember trying to read a book that another one of my favourite movies, "The Fan," was based on, and it was not an enjoyable experience. The book was COMPLETELY different from the movie, and not in a good way. I ended up never finishing it.
So, I was hesitant at first, but about a year or two ago I decided to give it a shot. And am I ever glad that I did. "Fight Club" is an outstanding novel. The writing is so refreshing and shows us the mind of a promising new author, Chuck Palahniuk. This was his very first novel, and I found that so amazing. Because this was one incredible debut. I have read plenty of novels all from different kinds of authors, but I have NEVER read a debut as incredible or impressive as this.
To give you a brief idea of what the book is about without giving away too much is it revolves around the narrator, an insomniac who can't get a grip on his life. With insomnia everything is a distraction. He can't focus on his job, he can't focus on people, and most of all, he can't focus on his life.Read more ›
Into this mix steps forward Tyler Durden. He harnesses the growing frustration of his generation towards the materialism of the boomers. He creates the FIGHT CLUB where young males can batter each other in basements across the country. Every morning, the warriors return to their daily drudge of minimal employment. However, the world has yet to learn what Tyler's true agenda is, an announcement that will be announced to the world from one of its "highest peaks".
FIGHT CLUB is a taut thriller that centers on a humanized form of chaos theory. Each generation wrecks havoc on the thoughts and ambitions of their parent generation, leaving their elders to wonder if that is all there is? The narrator is an interesting character whose conclusions of life are frightening but thought provoking. In some ways, the novel is a darker version of Hair as people remain heartless and ignore their friends and loved ones except when they are dying. Chuck Palahniuk writes the first superb alienation satire that places the sixties radicals in the positions once held for their parents.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You can't help but compare books to film and vice versa. There are a lot of similarities with David Fincher's interpretation but the book goes a lot deeper and also the ending is... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
I liked it a lot made. Me think
And about if I would win in a fight
I prefer the film. Usually I'd feel horrified to hear that, but I've heard Chuck Palahniuk said the same thing. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Joe
Thought provoking read. Would recommend to anyone seeking a story with a good twist.Published 21 days ago by Rebecca
Well, here’s an interesting one – in some ways, this reminded me of Paper Souls by Allie Burke, despite the fact that Fight Club came first. Read morePublished 1 month ago by SocialBookshelves.com
I was pleasantly surprised at some of the differences from the film and made me appreciate the film adaptation even more. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrew Griffiths
This is one of the few books I believe the movie adaptation is better than the actual book. It may have to do with having seen the movie before and it being my favourite movie but... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Leonor