Fight club chuck palahniuk review

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fight club chuck palahniuk review

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk showed himself to be his generation’s most visionary satirist in this, his first book. Fight Club’s estranged narrator leaves his lackluster job when he comes under the thrall of Tyler Durden, an enigmatic young man who holds secret after-hours boxing matches in the basement of bars. There, two men fight as long as they have to. This is a gloriously original work that exposes the darkness at the core of our modern world.
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The Philosophy of Fight Club – Wisecrack Edition

First rule of Fight Club: no one talks about the quality of the writing

Post a Comment. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. First Published in the UK: Language: English. Format: Paperback.


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As most everyone knows by now, Fight Club centers around disaffected middle-class American males who meet in an underground secret society and pummel one another. The fighting is an existential metaphor for men trying desperately to reassert their masculine identities in the face of dehumanizing jobs and meaningless lives. This bloody and violent little book is now being mass-marketed as a profound parable for our times. Fight Club , however, is nothing but surface effects and glib posturing. The novel is narrated by a nameless insomniac who is so dissociated from reality that "everything is a copy of a copy of a copy. So thoroughly is he out of touch with his feelings that he attends support groups for cancer patients just so he can experience pain and awfulness up close. The novel immediately loses its way in these scenes which mock New Age psychobabble while at the same time portraying the sick and dying as grotesque and freakish.

The second thing they talk about is politics too. Third and fourth come questions of male identity and violence which are also, arguably, political questions. After that, there might be discussions about father gods, Nietzsche, terrorism, therapy-culture, transgression and all the other ideas Palahniuk puts over so forcefully and provocatively. This is partly thanks to the fact that it came out in , just before the internet started preserving book reviews for posterity. It took a while for Fight Club to go big: when it came out, it was the debut novel from an unknown writer with an initial print run of 10, copies which took years to sell. The ideas and politics in Fight Club are so overwhelming, it is hard to focus on it simply as a piece of writing. Fight Club is worth preserving for its aphorisms alone.

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