Fight Club: A Novel

Fight Club: A Novel

by Chuck Palahniuk


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

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 basements 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393355949
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 14,524
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Chuck Palahniuk is the best-selling author of more than seventeen fictional works, including Fight Club Invisible Monsters, Survivor, Choke, Lullaby, Diary, Haunted, Tell-All, Damned, Doomed, Beautiful You and, most recently, Adjustment Day. 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. 965 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 13 hours ago
This novel is an ugly, beautiful masterpiece. The pacing and narrative voice evoke a feeling of desperation from the narrator in an organic and uncomfortable way. There are moments throughout that are very relatable, and others that are subliminally surreal. This is a true transgressive masterpiece.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Storyline kept me reading and kept me wondering. Some things I pushed through, like the bloodied scenes or human castration, but that kinda made the book too... other parts of the sentence/story structure was confusing but it seems Palahniuk wanted to be confusingly mysterious to make the big reveal, big. Ultimately, I loved it and would absolutely recommend it, but it’s not for the faint hearted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hooks you on the first page and doesn't let go.
tyroeternal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Palahniuk's story and method of writing mesh well together. He pulls you into the story, and keeps you guessing at how the story will make its big turn. While distanced from the main character you still understand him and see what is happening in his head.I have seen the movie, and this is a rare instance where the book and its movie adaptation are on the same level. Expecting the book to exceed the movie left me a bit let down, but that is not to say this book was bad. All said, it is a good novel on its own and deserves its high rating, I simply could not quite justify all five stars.
Jonaslykke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cool and interesting book. Worth reading even though you´ve seen the movie!
albin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've never felt so divided about anything I've ever read. The combination of class-conscious underground revolution and quite spot-on analysis of our modern society (or rather the book's contemporary society, ours has moved on since it was written) and the worst kind of macho primitivism is uncanny, to say the least.
hahnasay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Amazingly wonderful. I loved every minute.
drgrace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie, then I watched the movie, then I watched the movie once more finaly I got around to reading the book (twice so far) a wonderfully mindbending novel and probably one of the best movie adaptions ever, (the book is always better.)
kainlane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am having difficulty trying to review this novel, as it is so unconventional. Unfortunately, I saw the movie, as most others, before I read the novel. I really like both, and I am surprised how closely David Fincher followed the book. There were very little differences, and those that I noticed were very minor.The book is great. It is written in an almost poetic form, with a use of repetition that is rarely found in novels. It is not repetition in the Terry Goodkind, my God, I've heard this a million times, don't tell me again, kind of way, but, as I said, a very poetic kind of way.The book was surprisingly short, which is a nice change as the pace is very fast. It would be very easy to pick this up and not put it away until finished, and could easily be done in a day if one wanted.The vileness is not as bad as I expected with Mr. Palahniuk's reputation, though this was his first novel. I am going to pick up Lullaby next, so I will see how that is. Without writing much about the book itself, I will just recommend it as a good and short read.
pbirch01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not his best novel but still quite good.