Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

“You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everyone else, and we are all part of the same compost pile.” – Space Monkey in Fight Club

             Does society make me an individual with no other goal in life than to routinely sleep, eat work and repeat? If I were to take a moment to ponder what I have achieved to this date, would I be satisfied by my accomplishments? Is material conquest, from money to objects, my main and only purpose in life? Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk’s novel written in 1996, is a beautiful story that gets the readers to question so many facets of their own lives. Not only does it critic modern society, it unveils the adventures of a unnamed narrator with a case of insomnia. In order to solve his insomnia issues, he finds his remedy by following his doctor’s advice: attend support groups, comfort in other people’s misery and let his feelings take the best of him. He then encounters a mysterious man who goes by the name of Tyler Durden and slowly gets to the creation of fight clubs across the world. The tale definitely doesn’t end there. The ending grows into one of the most memorable part of this novel and will forever forge the readers love for Chuck Palahniuk.

                The writing in this book is magnificent, especially if you haven’t seen the movie or know about the ending of this story. I sadly saw the movie before reading the book, but I have to say that that didn’t take anything away from the book. In fact, I think it helped me appreciate the novel even more. Every scene between Tyler Durden and the Narrator or Marla Singer and the Narrator, I was able to see hints of what was to come at end. It just shows how meticulously written this story is. Chuck Palahniuk did an amazing job at keeping you unaware of what’s to come although everything was hinting towards the ending. A little foreshadowing didn’t hurt too, did it? Although, this shows appreciation on a basic level, this novel gets you turning pages like a crack addict. Even if every flip of a page was to unravel something new and messed up.

                The writing was also very simple and straightforward. Like a lot of people might have realized, it really did feel like the words were punching you in the face to make you acknowledge sad facts about life. The philosophies kept on coming at you and you just had to stand there, enjoy the beating and really get into your mind how factual a lot of Chuck’s points were. From anti-consumerism to concepts touching masculinity, this book conveys these ideas beautifully throughout the story. In fact, this is pretty common throughout Chuck’s work (check out our book review for Chuck Palahniuk’s Invisible Monsters by my girlfriend). I have to add how Chuck Palahniuk was able to add so much detail to simple things without making it boring. Especially, soap. I think we can all say we’ve became expert on that subject now.

“If I could wake up in a different place, at a different time, could I wake up as a different person?” – Narrator in Fight Club

                Without having to discuss every single theme in this novel, I’d have to say there are several very interesting subjects that Chuck and molds throughout the story. One of the most memorable ideas that doesn’t need a doctorate to try and understand is the idea of stripping an individual’s belief that he’s an unique snowflake. Every Space Monkey that gets recruited into Tyler Durden’s evil plan recites ideas, just like the introduction quote of this review, in order to put every individual on the same level, without distinctions. Getting them to believe that they’re not special helps in getting these very people to pull off crazy guerilla terrorist acts. It also destroys any hierarchy that might be dominant throughout their life (especially in one’s job life). Fight Club tries to explain the idea that we, as individuals, are continuously identifying ourselves by things we buy. We live to get rich and give ourselves the purpose of consuming objects in order to achieve a status similar to billionaires. This novel wants us to understand that we are not what we buy. That we should embrace our primal instincts and be delivered of this way of life that our society has brought upon us today. In fact, Tyler Durden slowly wants everyone to be stripped away of all the restrictions and rules that govern our lives in society. Only then can we reach a certain actualization and be free. Although, Tyler’s goal is to release everyone from these rules and the various hierarchies that exists in our lives, he himself creates one through fight clubs and, later, through SPOILER HERE: Hover over text to read. Ironic, isn’t it. Patriarchy is behind this part, but that’s another theme to be discussed in some other analysis. Cause, you know. We don’t want turn this review into a 20 page school report, right?

                Fight Club is a novel that is bound to be analyzed and re-analyzed by readers. It’s not easy to pinpoint everything Chuck Palahniuk wants to convey. But one thing’s for sure, Chuck definitely shows a vast number of reality facts. Facts that could seem pessimistic to some reader’s eyes, but are closer to being realistic than anything. This novel belongs on every bibliophile’s shelves. If you haven’t got the chance to read this, then you’re missing out on a story to remember. And if you’ve seen the movie, I have to tell you that the book is a completely different experience. Don’t oversee this masterpiece. Remember the 8th rule of Fight Club: If this is your first night at Fight Club, you have to read it.

Get yourself a copy of Fight Club by clicking on this hyperlink !

My overall rating: ★★★★★/

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13 thoughts on “Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

    • transhaan says:

      Thank you so much for the kind words man! Really appreciate it ! Hope we can continue to entertain and satisfy our reader’s cravings! Hope you’ll stick around! 😉

      -Lashaan

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  1. Tyler says:

    AS a BIG FAN OF FIGHT CLUB MYSELF. You guys did a great job with this review not only the writing itself but the pictures too ! YOU ROCKED IT. The skycscraper scene and the marla singer portrait are brilliantly done .

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    • transhaan says:

      Coming from a big fan of Fight Club, I definitely appreciate the kind words! Glad you understood all the references too! Thank you so much for taking your time to read through the review and to share your kind words! I really appreciate that! Hope you’ll stick around for our future book reviews! 😉

      -Lashaan

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  2. redzavod says:

    This is a well written review, but is Tyler Durden’s work truly evil? Is he doing things for malicious reasons or is he simply trying to incite drastic change? These are the main questions I had while reading, and I hope that everyone considers them during their read through. Your words have a nice rhythm, and the pictures and edited text make the review jump off the screen.

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    • transhaan says:

      That is a very insightful thought. I’ve been reading a lot of stories about dystopias and I have to say that in order to radically change something really anchored into society, a well organized anarchy can do a lot tricks. True change can be really achieved by clicking on a giant restart button, but in today’s society, that is close to impossible. What Tyler wants to achieve ideologically is maybe not evil at all, but the means to achieve.. I have to say is pretty evvviiill. Thank you so much for the kind words and for sharing your thoughts on this review ! Hope you’ll stick around for our future novel reviews ! 😉

      -Lashaan

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  3. killkenny16 says:

    Awesome review. Admittedly, I’ve only seen the movie, but the novel has been on my radar for a while now.

    SPOILER ALERT….I THINK

    Here’s a slightly disturbing, yet amusing, fact about the book-to film process of Fight Club that I learned on the internet: In the book, Tyler and Marla have sex, and one of Marla’s lines is “I want to have your abortion.” Over the top? Darkly hilarious? Take it as you will (I believe the latter, personally, but… I dunno). That line was in the original screenplay for the movie, but producer Cean Chaffin, who had been surprisingly tolerant of the other subject matter) wasn’t a fan. She begged Director David Fincher to take it out and replace it with “literally anything” (I’m paraphrasing). So Fincher did replace it…. With the equally questionable line “I haven’t been f***** like that since grade school” (I don’t know what this comment section’s policy is towards swear words).

    Chaffin wasn’t pleased (In fact, she asked Fincher to please put the abortion line back in.No dice. The latter line stayed in the final cut of the movie.

    I dunno, I thought it was interesting.

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    • transhaan says:

      Hahahahhha it just shows to us how awesome David Fincher is ! A lot of his movies are pretty awesome to my eyes. I’ve seen Se7en and I got to say it was a really, really good movie. Nice fun fact you shared there though ! Thanks a lot for your appreciation again, for taking your time to read through the review and for sharing with us ! 😉

      -Lashaan

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    • transhaan says:

      Chuck sure does have a talent to making his readers fall in love with his writing. Thank you so much for the kind words though ! It’s really appreciated. Hope you’ll keep on reading our review ! 😉

      -Lashaan

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  4. Karina Pinella says:

    This was a good book. I read this as soon as I saw the movie years ago. I liked the book better too. I find that is usually the case. However, an exception I will make is Gone Girl. I liked the movie better than the book. I couldn’t finish the book or really get into it. I think it’s the writing style.

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    • transhaan says:

      I think the movie and the book really brought so many different things into play. It mostly felt like two different masterpieces. The book definitely is a gem when you’ve already seen the movie and are already soaked into the themes Chuck Palahniuk wants to convey. Gone Girl is a book I have yet to read, but the movie was really good. Acting was amazing, the plot was on point. My girlfriend has the book and has also yet to read it, maybe we’ll come around to the same conclusion as you, who knows. :O Thank you so much though for taking the time to read the review and for sharing your thoughts, it’s really appreciated ! We hope to see you again on our future posts or even other already released reviews ! 😉

      -Lashaan

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