Chuck Palahniuk's darkly funny first novel tells the story of a disenfranchised young man frustrated with his bureaucratic job and superficial relationships and disillusioned with the consumer culture's prepackaged pleasures. Relief for him and his peers comes in the form of Tyler Durden, the intensely charismatic inventor of Fight Club. Waiters, clerks, and middlemen seek out the visceral satisfaction of secret after-hours boxing matches in the basements of bars, thinking they have found a way to live beyond their confining and stultifying lives. But in Tyler's world there are no rules, no limits, no brakes.
My Review - 3 1/2 More Sugar Please
If you want to read a book about Misery Loves Company, then this is for you, all the details included, violence, graphic portrays of madness, disgusting actions that may make you stop going to restaurants etc. Imagine purposely being bad to get God's attention. Teaser "If you could be either God's worst enemy or nothing, which would you choose?" Can you say Effed up in the head :-0 This is the kind of humour that was also portrayed. (note - sorry if that offended anyone)
There were times I loved every second of this book and others that I hated. At one point I had to put it down and take a break. (I started a Lisa Schroeder verse book, very light, it was needed)
What I loved about this book. We were in the head of the main character that had insomnia. I get thrills when I feel a characters motives, thoughts etc, this part was great, mentally twisted but great. Teaser - "Insomnia is just the symptom of something larger. Find out what's actually wrong. Listen to your body."
The Fight Club had rules - The first rule is you don't talk about fight club. The second rule is you don't talk about fight club. I loved how these repeated rules played into the ending of the book.
Approximately 60% through Chuck drops the twist in, it felt like he slapped me awake and I devoured the rest of the book. This was definitely a psychological thriller.
If I was able to read this straight through I would have given it a 4 but I did have to step away from the 'craziness'.
Will I try another Chuck book - absolutely!
To read a detailed review- click on link for Ninefly's review http://angeltyuan.blogspot.com/2009/11/review-fight-club-by-chuck-palahniuk.html
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