The narrator is a traveling automobile company employee who suffers from insomnia On advice from his doctor attends support groups and pretends to be a victim He gains some emotional release here and feels part of a people and becomes addicted to attending these support groups as an imposter He s not the only one who s a trickster and important character pops up at the meetings Marla and they both find they have an emptiness to fill and befriend each other.
On a flight he befriended a key character of the story, Durden a soap salesman, they arrange to meet at a bar and the rest is history as they say They set up a Fight Club the rules are.
You don t talk about Fight Club.
You don t talk about Fight Club.
When someone says stop, or goes limp, the fight is over.
Only two guys to a fight.
One fight at a time.
They fight without shirts or shoes.
The fights go on as long as they have to.
If this is your first night at Fight Club, you have to fight.
They are a generation of men raised by women, being without a male example in their lives to help shape their masculinity The Fight Club is not really about physical combat, money, skill or winning but instead a way for participants to experience feeling in a society where they are otherwise numb The fighting forms a resistance to the impulse to be cocooned in society The fighting between the men stripped away the fear of pain and the reliance on material signifiers of their self worth , leaving them to experience something valuable.
As the Fight Club s membership grows Tyler begins to use it to spread his anti consumerist ideas and recruits Fight Club s members to participate in increasingly elaborate pranks on corporate America This was originally the narrator s idea, but Tyler takes control from him Tyler eventually gathers the most devoted Fight Club members referred to as space monkeys and forms Project Mayhem, a cult like organization that trains itself as an army to bring down modern civilization This Organization, like Fight Club, is controlled by a set of rules 1.
You don t ask questions.
You don t ask questions.
You have to trust Tyler.
The narrator becomes unhappy with Tyler s extremities and a battle for power and control ignites literally The narrator and Tyler can no longer accommodate the same space one has to give in on power and control I can not comment any on the story as i don t want to spoil the story any further This was a thought provoking read and written in a wacky style.
Think of the Psycho movie and that Jack Nicholson character from One Flew over the cuckoos nest playing Mr Bates and you might have something close to the protagonist in this storyBut I m Tyler Durden I invented Fight Club Fight Club is mine I wrote those rules None of you would be here if it wasn t for me And I say it stops here I love everything about Tyler Durden, his courage and his smarts His nerve Tyler is funny and charming and forceful and independent, and men look up to him and expect him to change their world Tyler is capable and free, and I am not I m not Tyler Durden This was the goal of Project Mayhem, Tyler said, the complete and right away destruction of civilization What comes next in Project Mayhem, nobody except Tyler knows The second rule is you don t ask questions It s Project Mayhem that s going to save the world A cultural ice age A prematurely induced dark age Project Mayhem will force humanity to go dormant or into remission long enough for the Earth to recoverwww.
com review Fight Club by chuck palahniuk Mary Ann Evans, in the 1850s, spoke out against the notion that lady novelists were capable of producing only silly novels precious, sentimental, illogical and improbable claptrap while men produced high literature She changed her name to George Eliot and wrote as a gender neutral narrator, highly educated and worldly, and mostly transparent i.
, not silly.
The 1990s finds us again at a crossroads where literature is concerned, with the rise of Oprah s book club and the whole genre of chick lit on the one hand in many cases just silly novels by lady novelists revivified , and a sort of phallic anxiety heavy on the masculine literature on the other This second group, I like to call guy crap It s not a bad label there s some good stuff in guy crap, just like there is on Oprah s book list Guy crap includes genre fiction Dennis Lehane, Jonathan Lethem , as well as insistent intellectualism David Foster Wallace, Martin Amis, Paul Auster and, of course, the violent, psych you out, latter day Robbe Grillet disturbances of Bret Easton Ellis and Chuck Palahniuk Some of these are done well, and some of them are just as silly as the lady novelists claptrap Fight Club is one of those novels where the unrelenting GUY ness of narrator and storyline begins as an intriguing challenge and ends up fatiguing and gimmicky In case there s anyone out here who hasn t either read the book or seen the movie, I won t spoil anything, I promise It s a book about a bunch of young men, frustrated in their low on the ladder white collar day jobs and the emptiness of modern society, who meet routinely to pound each other close to death and plot destruction on a less personal scale The novel is Palahniuk s testament to the counter culture of yuppiedom, a world in which squalor and presentability, upward mobility and civil disobedience, live side by side and take each other s measure daily Palahniuk asks pointed questions about the world we live in, and his prose is the strength of this novel he keeps you interested, even when you realize how much you hate what he s saying.
And you should hate what Palahniuk is saying Because at the heart of the novel sits a troubled foundation It s not the acts of juvenile, for the most part sociopathy, or even the ultimate real pathology the characters fall into What you should hate as or after you read is the book s central three part idea, that a the disaffected youth of the video game generation really do hold the truth about society b society in turn is nothing but a reflection of the video game generation s disaffected world view and c once a disaffected youth of the video game generation, always a disaffected youth of the video game generation there is no improvement, there is no connection, there is no healing, there is no out, because boys never grow up Even the support group conceit that could represent the narrator s redemptive attempt at relation turns out to be just a device, as egotistical for the character as it is ultimately for the storyline Relation between people doesn t exist, not really you don t talk about Fight Club We re all just wandering bruised through the wasted LCD landscape, staking out our independence like rebel teenagers, promising to blow up whatever we disagree with.
Palahniuk has said he wrote this book as a kind of provocation, to get back at a publisher for turning down his earlier manuscript I wonder if he peed in the publisher s soup, too it wouldn t altogether surprise me.
the first rule of reading Fight Club is you do not talk about reading Fight Club.
which is a good thing because i honestly have no idea what i read man, this book is W I L D.
You do not talk about Fight Club, butUpon winning the Oregon Book Award for best novel and the Pacific Northwest booksellers Association Award, Chuck Palahniuk s visionary debut novel, Fight Club, was shot to the veins of mainstream fiction Following the success of its 1999 film adaptation directed by David Fincher, Fight Club gained cult classic status and has become a disturbingly accurate interpretation of our modern world.
The unnamed male narrator, suffering from a long streak of insomnia, finds cure by attending cancer support groups But when Marla Singer a sallow, heavy smoking nihilist enters the evening meetings and mirrors his own fraud, his insomnia returns, so he confronts Singer to split schedules with him.
On the night when his condominium mysteriously blows up, he calls Tyler Durden, whom he had previously met under strange circumstances on a beach They agree to meet at a bar, where, after drinking, Durden asks him a favor, I want you to hit me as hard as you can The narrator swings the punch that cradled Fight Club into the world Shortly, a multitude of men with white collar jobs join them Every weekend, in the parking lots and basements of bars, they hold these late hour no holds barred and barefisted fights that go on as long as they have to These one on one melees curiously evoke psychotherapeutic effects resembling that of enlightenment within the men they are reborn from their entombed lives.
Fight Club soon evolves into Project Mayhem, an anarchic army led by Durden, who seeks to fulfill his visions of global enlightenment through organized chaos, public unrest, and demolition Fight Club is a social satire on the dehumanizing effects of consumerism alienation brought by chronic materialism, illusory comforts, overindulgence, and career and lifestyle obsessions fueled by advertising The modern world is for business not for the people, as what the great psychoanalyst Carl Jung said It s only after you ve lost everything that you re free to do anything Skillfully fusing Zen elements with Durden s extremist ideologies, Palahniuk has written a provocative expression of metaphysical rebellion The collective revolt against the existential vacuum is Durden s nucleus and what draws men toward him Fight Club s noir ambience and the solid economy of its prose are reminiscent of Albert Camus s The Stranger, but with the sharp nonlinear narration executing its plot inheriting Kurt Vonnegut s dark humor, Chuck Palahniuk is among today s distinct and intriguing voices.