Fight Club: A Novel

Fight Club: A Novel

by Chuck Palahniuk


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ISBN-13: 9780393355949
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 32,439
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Chuck Palahniuk is the best-selling author of eighteen fictional works, includingFight Club,Invisible Monsters, Survivor, Choke, Lullaby, Diary, Haunted, Rant, Pygmy, Tell-All, Damned, Doomed, Beautiful You and, most recently, Make Something Up. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.


Portland, Oregon

Date of Birth:

February 21, 1962

Place of Birth:

Pasco, Washington


B.A. in journalism, University of Oregon, 1986

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Fight Club 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 895 reviews.
SavageBS More than 1 year ago
Outstanding book!

Power animals, split personality disorders, soap, fighting, mayhem, support groups, tainted food, castration, the book has a little bit of everything.........

I unfortunately saw the movie, at least 5 times before getting around to reading this book. If you haven't seen the movie yet, STOP, read the book first!

I've read two other books by Chuck Palahniuk, this one is the best so far!

"Fight Club" is excellent, the characters, the dialogue. It's all amazing!

There are so many good lines in this book, its hard to describe, but here are my favorites-

"If your a male, and you're Christian and living in America, your father is your model for God. And sometimes you find your father in your career."

"Tyler Durden the great, who was perfect for one moment, and who said that a moment is the most you could ever expect from perfection."

"How everything you ever love will reject you or die. Everything you ever create will be thrown away. Everything you're proud of will end up as trash. I am Ozymandias, king of kings."

There are 8 simple rules for "Fight Club"=

1.You don't talk about fight club.
2.You don't talk about fight club.
3.When someone says stop, or goes limp, even if he's just faking it, the fight is over.
4.Only two guys to a fight.
5.One fight at a time.
6.They fight without shirts or shoes.
7.The fights go on as long as they have to.
8.If this is your first night at fight club, you have to fight.

The movie adaption of this book, follows the novel pretty close! Ed Norton and Brad Pitt could'nt have done a better job!

Highly recommended to everyone and especially Palahniuk fans that may never have read (Chuck's 1st book)!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What Fight Club?
DeDeFlowers More than 1 year ago
Fight club is a great book. It is a unique adventure that really makes you think. It blends humor, action, and psychological-thriller style genres. All of the characters are presented as very real people. You get to know them and you have a real interest in them. The twists and turns are incredibly clever. It's a very short book, 218 pages, and is worth the time. Even if you have seen the movie I think you would get a lot out of this book. While the movie and book are very much alike, they have differences that make them unique from one another. You connect better with the book, and it is still wildly entertaining.
yeahdaniele More than 1 year ago
there aren't good enough words for this book except READ IT!
iheartbooks More than 1 year ago
i wish i could just erase my memory and read this book over and over again. i have read a lot of books since i read this one but none have been able to compare. this is my favorite book of all time. there is really nothing else i can it. you just have to. and be prepared to change. there is a you before fight club and a you after fight club. it is life changing. i LOVE chuck palahniuk. anything he writes deserves a prize
S_Jones More than 1 year ago
The movie Fight Club has been my favorite for many years and I just barely got the chance to read the actual book. In my opinion the book is on another whole level compared to the movie. I love the way the characters are presented more and I feel like some of the back story Palahniuk gives you that is not in the movie makes the story move along much better. Based on the style of writing Palahniuk uses in this book, I think I'll be buying more books he has written. If as an individual you are easily offended you should probably not read this book because it can be quite vulgar at times. I laughed off a majority of the vulgarity but that may not be a possibility for everyone. This book has now become one of my favorites just like the movie and I think anyone like me that really enjoys the movie would feel the same if they read this book. I definitely recommend it but again warn that it may not be for everyone.
SonOfTheMorning More than 1 year ago
This is a narrative unlike any other. Palahniuk's quick, sharp voice gets the reader's attention and then holds them captive until the end of the book, at which point the reader will want to get pulled right back into Palahniuk's twisted world for another adventure. Filled with dark humor and hard-hitting satire, this is a novel that cannot be missed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite book of all time, 'Fight Club' is absolutely amazing with every page. Everything about this novel is so unique and captivating that only Chuck Palahnuick could come up with it. Don't expect to find anything like this! Written brilliantly and artfully, Palanuhnick's 'Fight Club' has been made into a cult classic for a reason.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The absolute brilliance of Palahniuk's writing is best shown in this novel. Fight Club is a gritty and witty punch to the gut. The level of details given really put the reader into these settings with the characters, whether the reader wants to be there or not.
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.
TheAlmightyWizardRichard More than 1 year ago
The story begins with this man, the narrator. He hates his job. He works as a recall manager for a car company. He does not sleep; he has insomnia. He hates his furniture, his possessions, himself. Everything in his life is distant and remote, and nothing matters to this man. He hates his life. For relief of all this, he attends support groups for people with testicular cancer, blood parasites, tumors, and blood diseases; he pretends to be one of them. This helps him cry, which helps him sleep. He is what is considered a consumer like everyone else. The things he owns end up owning him. His life is static, pathetic; he is trapped. When this man’s condo is set on fire and blown to pieces he ends up living with Tyler Durden. Spontaneous, quick witted, charming, and self-destructive, enlightened; this is Tyler. This man sets our main character free. He’s the relief this man needs. Tyler helps him reach rock bottom, let go, be free of worldly possessions and consumerism. They find a new way to achieve relief, fighting. This idea spreads to other men. Tyler becomes the method of madness. This book is about the evolution of this and is a center of self destruction. How things can escalate to total anarchy and organized chaos. This book will twist your mind and fill it with thoughts you never knew you would have. Fight Club is dark, brutally honest, violent, and one hundred percent true. This is Chuck Palahniuk’s best work. The philosophical views on enlightenment and society are backwards to what is considered normal, but, who knows, maybe self-improvement isn’t the answer. Maybe you need to let go of everything before you can be free. All men and women need a way out, a way to let go of the consuming lifestyle, a way to devolve from what everyone and everything else has made you. This book is the desire to burn something for the sake of adding it to the fire. This isn’t a seminar. “If you lose your nerve before you hit bottom,” Tyler says, “you’ll never really succeed.” Only after disaster can we be resurrected. “It’s only after you’ve lost everything,” Tyler says, “that you’re free to do anything. What I’m feeling is premature enlightenment.
Yosemite More than 1 year ago
Having seen and loved the movie when it came out, I have had this book on my list for a while. Just as this was Palahniuk's first novel, this my first Palahniuk novel. In the beginning, I was somewhat, unfairly disappointed in the book, and more impressed with the movie. The movie had done such a good job of adapting the book that the book offered little, if anything new to the reader. However, as the narrator starts to transform, the book gets stronger and the writing is impressive. Like Plath's "The Bell Jar" and Conrad's "Heart of Darkness," this is an excellent trip into a mind losing its grip on sanity. The main character(s) is/are strongly written, but the ancillary characters are much thinner. It is obvious that this was a short story - a fantastic Chapter 6 with incredible images and hints of the inner turmoil revealed throughout the tale - fleshed out into a what is better described as a novella due to its length and singular focus on a single character. In some ways it reminded me of an excellent etude by Chopin, displaying a great deal of talent, but without the complexity of the intermingling instruments of a full orchestra. In the end, it was a quick, satisfying read - an appetizer resulting in a desire to read more of Palahniuk.
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)
everary More than 1 year ago
You'll be caught right away by Palahniuk's sweeping aphorisms and fresh writing style. Likely, you've heard of the film or have even seen it before you even knew there was a novel. Read it anyway. It's for people who crave twisted psychological tones, fans of drama or Chuck Palahniuk in general, and heck, even chemists. This book is a special snowflake.
Anonymous 4 hours ago
I have read this several times over the years. It is still one of my favorite books.
gazzy on LibraryThing 29 days ago
The literary heir to Vonnegut, this is the author's "Cat's Cradle" - with its sense of humor in the face of doom. Honest in its artifice, this novel will reverberate for years to come.
GoldenBeep on LibraryThing 29 days ago
I read this book without ever having seen the movie. If you have seen it, or someone has spoiled the twist for you, then you may be somewhat dissapointed upon completion. However, this was truly an interesting read. During this book, one gets to explore the fascinating mind of someone who thinks they are on the brink of insanity. Not only does it explore sickness in the literal sense, but the novel also delves into what happens when a society creates a large group of the population that desires more than what they can possibly reach. This book was certainly a page turner, both because the writing style is so effective and because the plot is so compelling. I wouldn't recommend reading this on a full stomach or before eating out at your favorite resturant.
Jakeofalltrades on LibraryThing 29 days ago
This one had a good style of writing I hadn't seen in the form of a novel ever before."I know this because Tyler knows this". This line repeats through the novel, an enigma that is finally revealed and understood at the climax. You think that the unnamed narrator is merely a disciple of Tyler Durden, however the truth is far more compelling, pushing "fluid identity" as a concept into new territory, it's the first time I've seen this concept outside of a sociology thesis work. The way Chuck (the author of this work) uses the concept, gives hope that more writers will explore male identity at least as deeply or even deeper in modern literature than Chuck does.It's the kind of book you read after seeing the movie. Let's face it, most people wouldn't have known this book exists were it not for the Fight Club movie that was made in the late 90s. But the book and the movie each have their similarities and differences. Each format of the story is great, it's not like they horribly mangled the core elements of the story for the adaptation we're familiar with, however the movie gives more dialogue to Brad Pitt's Tyler Durden than Tyler Durden gets in the book. Why is Tyler Durden so distant and enigmatic in the book? The ending shows why Tyler Durden is away so often, which was done well by the movie, yet the movie puts a different twist on the climax which is done a lot more strangely in the book.But enough about the damn movie adaptation. How does the book measure up?The book is a good one, and the style of writing, as I have mentioned, does dialogue mixed with narration very well. The mood of the book is a dark, cynical humor which makes the nihilistic worldview of the characters easier to swallow, if you laugh in the face of death he's not as scary, it seems.There's a lot of philosophy hidden in the book which is done in a non-preachy manner, and Chuck is effective at giving the reader (and a new generation of men who are confused about what it means to be male, white, and American in today's society) a sort of wake up call that has, in my experience, influenced my generation's identity more than any other story I know of. It's one of those "young man" books, in that it gives a voice to a "generation raised by women", but older men will love this too if they're subversive in their politics.I guess it won't be put in the literary canon any time soon, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be classed as literature. It certainly gives its main points more effectively and more subtly than many literary offerings I have read do. Pop Fiction isn't Pulp Fiction, it's another beast entirely, and I think if we let it run free instead of cage it in a zoo to be looked at by critics, we should see some interesting books by the time I'm in my thirties.Think of it as a Bible for people who may not exactly believe in God, but are looking for a philosophy that helps them through their daily lives. It's certainly empowering to men, and not in a way that devalues women either. A good read, and certainly a dangerous one.[Emo kids take note: read this and you'll find that you have better things to cry about than broken iPods]
worldsedge on LibraryThing 29 days ago
An author who creates memorable and off-beat characters and then writes a ridiculous story-line. Odd how it was like the movie, yet different enough to keep me involved even when I knew the "gimmick."
misslilpaw on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Ever feel like something is¿wrong? Like the stuff you own is starting to own you? Like you¿ve been tricked into the nine to five grind, and the cheap, comfortable, Norwegian themed furniture lifestyle offered up in IKEA catalogs? If the answer is yes, well, you are not alone. Our story¿s hero is a nameless `Everyman¿ who is feeling the same way, coping with a stale, unfeeling existence in the best way he can (he attends a myriad of group sessions for people with severe health crisies.) Yes. It¿s a bizarre kind of pick-me-up, but it does the trick, loosening up our hero¿s emotional congestion just enough to allow him a good night¿s sleep. But that¿s just the beginning because then there is Marla. Poor Marla. And then¿well, then there is Tyler. Tyler¿defies explaining. And then¿there is Fight Club, Tyler¿s and our Everyman¿s invention for coping with the mundane. First rule of Fight Club? No one talks about Fight Club. Second rule of Fight Club? No. One. Talks. About. Fight. Club. Now get reading because it may change your life. Or the way you think about life (and death.) Tyler Durden can do that to you.
arsmith on LibraryThing 30 days ago
Much better and more satisfying than the movie. Although I still watch the film when I get a hankering for some cuddly Portland anarchy.
badrabbyt on LibraryThing 30 days ago
chuck is a quirky and brilliant writer. my favorite bit in the book is when marla finds out they're using human fat to make the soap. and she figures out that specifically, it's her mother's fat. so, she's trying to save her mother's lipo'd fat by having a tug-of-war with the narrator. it's a great scene that wasn't in the movie. oh well.
soylentgreen23 on LibraryThing 30 days ago
So, I guess I am not a beautiful and unique snowflake after all. Palahniuk's novel dispenses with such amazing pop-culture wisdom on nearly every page; the violence he presents is like hedonism, and entirely homoerotic. In ten years, people will be writing their thesis papers on this book, I can assure you.
Awfki on LibraryThing 3 months ago
The book was creepier than the movie, largely because of the ending. The Hollywood version is much happier. I also found the philosophy in the book much more disturbing, probably because of the Hollywood treatment, again. Good stuff though, makes you think.