Fight Club

Fight ClubFight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Chuck Palahniuk is one of my favorite writers. His style is unmistakable, his characters are brilliant, and at times, his writing is brilliantly executed.

And Fight Club is one of his best works so far. His debut novel, rejected countless times because it was too gory, Fight Club is, like all of Palahniuk’s other novels, a satire of the modern world.

It works as an analogy for the modern man’s quest for purpose. In the same time, it’s not as much endorsing anarchy, but it’s more about people who are lost, who are trying to make themselves visible.

I know I liked the novel as much as I did simply because of this paradox; in a world inhabited by so many people it’s almost impossible to be yourself. To stand out. In a world when there are so many who are inherently similar it’s impossible to be different. And at the same time, human society has always hated those who are different.

And thus, we are posed with a question. If you were to chose to be different, if you would have no possibility to be brilliant, to stand out simply by being good, wouldn’t you chose to be a bad person? To set the world on fire and watch it burn?

Like the story of ancient Herostratus, Fight Club offers us insight into a world where those who build and change the world are worshiped equally as those who have destroyed it.

After all, who doesn’t want to be remembered for as long as possible, regardless of the actions he’s remembered for?

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8 comments on “Fight Club

  1. Leslie says:

    Great post!! One of my all time fav books.

  2. I read 'Guts', a short story by Palaniuk in my first year of Uni and was totally shocked by it! I had come from a firmly Jane Austen-esque literary background and was repulsed, but completely fascinated by his writing. A seriously talented author. Having just finished my studies of my final year, I now have a book list as tall as me, and due to your post, 'Fight Club' has edged its way to the top 5.

    Thanks for stopping by and liking my Peachy-Keen post. I'm new to this blogging world and I'm so grateful for you taking a look.

    Rosie x

    • You actually picked the most disgusting thing Palahniuk ever wrote. It didn't shock me, but I know it's not anyone's cup of tea. Palahniuk is one of my favorite authors… I say you should start with Fight Club, then maybe you'd like Diary — it's about artists and this internal struggle, and it gets pretty weird towards the end, but it was very good.

      I saw you're into creative writing, so maybe Haunted is also a good read. It's the one that has Guts in it. A frame story with a multiple narrator – a bunch of wannabe writers that go to this abandoned theater in an attempt to write a masterpiece.

  3. aakanksharulz says:

    Very thoughtful review

  4. Sheena says:

    I've been really into him starting with Choke then Lullaby, I want to read this last only b/c I saw the movie and I know what happens…but I love the curveballs he throws. I never can guess the ending with him, which is not something you can say about all authors. I have Pygmy at the house, heard it was really bad but I'll be the judge of that :)

  5. I think it is harder to be remembered for the good that you have done but one little negative gossip will set you on fire forever and people will only remember you for that…great book, good movie and an amazing author…

  6. madtoread says:

    Ah wrong one of your reviews! Nevermind, hope you appreciate it anyway :)

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