Fight Club: A Novel

Fight Club: A Novel

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by Chuck Palahniuk
     
 

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The first rule about fight club is you don't talk about fight club.

In his debut novel, Chuck Palahniuk showed himself to be his generation's most visionary satirist. 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 boxing matches in the basement of bars

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The first rule about fight club is you don't talk about fight club.

In his debut novel, Chuck Palahniuk showed himself to be his generation's most visionary satirist. 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 boxing matches in the basement of bars. There two men fight "as long as they have to." A gloriously original work that exposes what is at the core of our modern world.

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Designer soap made of human fat, an anarchist's cookbook of volatile recipes, and the end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it — Chuck Palahniuk's outrageous, darkly comic first novel is a brutal reminder that we each have a part to play in the apocalypse.

Plagued with insomnia due to the cynical nature of his job (he investigates accidents for a carmaker in order to assess the cost-effectiveness of a recall), Fight Club's nameless narrator spends his evenings attending support groups for the terminally ill. Masquerading as a sufferer of various cancers, or as a victim of brain parasites, he discovers that losing all hope bestows a sense of freedom; Facing death, he feels more alive than ever before, and sleeps like a baby. Until Marla Singer — also a shamming support group groupie — ruins everything.

Marla not only invades his therapy sessions, but gradually insinuates herself into his private life as well, taking up with his housemate, the mysterious Tyler Durden. Tyler, a self-styled "minimum wage despoiler," works a succession of night jobs, taking perverse glee in sabotaging and blackmailing his employers. When, on a whim, the narrator and Tyler take turns punching out their frustrations on each other at a local bar, Fight Club is born.

"The first rule about fight club is that you don't talk about fight club."

Soon the disaffected drones of industry are spending their off hours beating each other to bloody pulp. After a night in Fight Club, they go back to their jobs bruised and battered, but with the liberating sense that they can handle anything. But FightClubis only the first stage of Tyler's anarchic master plan; Soon random acts of unkindness proliferate as mayhem and organized chaos spread across the country, culminating in a schizophrenic showdown on top of the world's tallest building.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393066395
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/17/2005
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
19,832
File size:
755 KB

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Meet the Author

Chuck Palahniuk is the author of the best-selling novels Fight Club, Survivor, Lullaby, Diary, Rant, Damned, and many other works of fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Portland, Oregon
Date of Birth:
February 21, 1962
Place of Birth:
Pasco, Washington
Education:
B.A. in journalism, University of Oregon, 1986
Website:
http://www.chuckpalahniuk.net

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Fight Club: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 407 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What Fight Club?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I watched the movie many years ago, long before I was able to comprehend. I found myself longing to watch the movie again but instead decided to read the book. I devoured it in one sitting and almost wish I had taken longer, if only to draw out the pleasure that was my first book by Chuck. This brilliant story makes you question nearly everything you think you know about your life; it is at once philosophical, tragic, invigorating, disturbing, and romantic. I was completely consumed by the characters and their lives and was dying to find out what happens next. The book came full circle and the ending was gratifying. I would recommend Fight Club to anyone who believes they can stomach it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the only book where I can say I will read again and again till the day I die. This has to be the most creative and funny book ever written. Will watch the movie soon.
elmitrio More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the most entertaining, books I have read recently that was well-written. Many authors have a good, or just interesting idea, but do not have the skills to convey them on paper, Chuck Palahnuik is not one of those people, his creative story design and compelling narrative make the story interesting and beautiful. The book takes you deep inside the head of our tormented, but nameless character. It throws you around through through the thoughts of this person as he participates in launching a club that evolves into a terrorism/myaterdom project. This is one of my all time favorite books. Read the book before seeing the movie (which is also excellent) Dmitri G (for Mrs. Castle 5A class)
Anonymous 9 months ago
Hai, how is chu? You're Sacrifar, aren't chu?
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Hiya
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Cannot say enough good things about this book.
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Fast paced and quirky!
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How dare you
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Amazing book, one of the best I've read in months.
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I love this book. The characters are people I could somewhat relate with.
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