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on 14 May 2014
Having never seen the film, I dove in to this excitedly after a few recommendations knowing only that there was a twist somewhere near the end. Admittedly after the first few chapters I was ready to give up, the story was written in a way that made me feel like I was inside the mind of a mad man as the narrator jumps from one topic to another very randomly and it can be quite hard to understand at times, but I persevered in my pursuit for the inevitable twist, wondering how this author ever got his work published. Shortly after I worked everything out for myself and realised I was supposed to be inside the head of a mad man. Chuck Palahniuk is a literary genius, showing so vividly what happens inside the mind of someone who is descending in to a complete madness he himself doesn't know the extent of and then wrapping it up in a strange but intriguing gritty story. I loved it.
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on 4 October 2016
I read this and it inspired me to join a local fight club. I was beaten up by an ice cream man.
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on 5 March 2017
Great
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on 5 April 2017
Enjoyable
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on 15 October 2016
Classic!!!!
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on 17 September 2016
It was a fun read comparing the differences with the movie, recommend it to everyone who wants to know a bit more about fight club.
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on 26 April 2017
challenging-
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on 4 March 2017
Good one
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on 28 March 2017
pink and green slap in the face to good design. In fact if you wanted to use the internet you had to make a phone call. Mobile phones were the size of house bricks. Porn came in magazine form and late night TV on obscure Sky TV channels, grunge had come and was now dying. And if you was in the know you could find VHS tapes of obscure wrestling promotions not the WWE or WCW but crazy Japanese stuff where they used fire, water melons and a whole host of other objects that happened to be laying around. There was rumors of something called Cage fighting making it's way around the playground.

“In UFC you can use a chain saw. My cousin has a video of it”

“In UFC it is so brutal that the ref has a gun and if you win your match you have to fight a polar bear” way back then who know what was going on in the promised land of the USA? And anyway my heart was still broken over Pamela Anderson marrying Tommy Lee the year before. But more importantly no one had heard the first rule of fight club.

Fight Club is not my first brush with Chuck Palahniuk, a couple of years ago I had read haunted and I can recall very little of it, someone cutting their hair off and an escapade with a doll. I had also made it halfway through the movie, fell asleep and didn't bother finishing. I finished the book in two days.

The story of fight club is an echo of millions around the world an average Joe who hates their job who is looking to escape from both the 9-5 and insomnia. He meets Tyler Durdan who encourages our unarmed average Joe to emancipate him self from drudgery of work, find the little sparks in life, form fight club where other average Joe can meet and punch it out. Fight club grows. Stuff happens.

Chuck writes with pinpoint accuracy summing up his view on the 9-5, why we should leave it become the captain of our own ship. If you read past the story the book almost becomes one of the greatest self help books ever wrote, move aside How to win friends and influence people. Palahniuk has left an indelible stain on culture.

Every white collar chap, wanting to make Debbie from marketing laughs will use the famous line from the book but he wont use it verbatim no he will had his own twist “First rule of first quarter fiscal reporting club is, you don’t talk about...”

In Palahniuk's 2005 afterword to the novel he has the line misquoted to him; to which he replies “I wrote that” to the stunned tour guide who uttered the line.

I am sure most who quote the work quote the film version, but they miss so much by not reading the book, it's a great shame that people will quote the lines, change their names to Tyler but not engage with the source material.

Fight club hits the nail on the head, it has comedy , romance and horror that is never over stated it just works. The ultimate self help book for the down trodden.
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on 11 June 2017
The first rule about "Fight Club" is not to judge a book by its cover, title or the film trailer. I hadn't really bothered with it because a book about clubs set up for blokes to simply fight sounded a little on the basic side for me . . . but when Audible had it as their daily deal I thought "Why not?", I needed something that would not engage my brain too much.

CLANG! Utterly wrong Simon. The troubled lead in this one and the scattered exploration of his hugely troubled mind is a genuine literary journey. There is far more depth to this than meets the eye. I was really impressed by how the opening scene and the ending bring things together with the same scenario and almost the same words meaning yet something so different.

I still don't think this will appeal to everyone but one thing is is not is a simple book about blokes knocking each other about for kicks.
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