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Fight Clubby Chuck Palahniuk
A modern classic. I devoured Fight Club in one day several years ago and its impact hasn't been lessened in subsequent rereadings. Palahniuk's style is punchy, fast-paced, and often hilarious. It may be difficult to read the novel today without picturing Brad Pitt or Edward Norton, but this is one book that outlasts even its fine film adaptation. Still edgy after all these years (perhaps even more so, post-9/11), Fight Club is powerful and hypnotic, and impossible to put down. Anarchy and insanity should always be this much fun!
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The First Rule about fight club is you don't talk about fight club. Every weekend, in the basements and parking lots of bars across the country, young men with white-collar jobs and failed lives take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded just as long as they have to. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything. Fight club is the invention of Tyler Durden, projectionist, waiter, and dark, anarchic genius, and it's only the beginning of his plans for violent revenge on an empty consumer-culture world.
"This is a dark and disturbing book that dials directly into youthful angst and will likely horrify the parents of teens and twentysomethings. It's also a powerful, and possibly brilliant, first novel." Booklist
"An astonishing debut....Fight Club is a dark, unsettling, and nerve-chafing satire." Seattle Times
"[A]n apocalyptic, post-grunge taste from the West Coast...a bizarre, ugly, and determinedly cranked-up novel, a novel, you must dislike while reading, but there is something else in the pulse the staccato, edges-exposed way it gets from line to line that makes you wonder if the author might not know a few secrets. Palahniuk can write." Sven Birkerts, Esquire
"A powerful, dark, original novel...a memorable debut by an important new writer." Robert Stone
"Maybe our generation has found its Don DeLillo." Bret Easton Ellis
"Even I can't write this well." Thom Jones
"Palahniuk's language is urgent and tense, touched with psychopathic brilliance, his images dead-on accurate....[He] is an author who makes full use of the alchemical powers of fiction to synthesize a universe that mirrors our own fiction as a way of illuminating the world without obliterating its complexity." L.A. Weekly
"Palahniuk displays a Swiftian gift for satire, as well as a knack for crafting mesmerizing sentences that loom with stark, prickly prose and repetitive rhythms." San Francisco Examiner
"Fight Club offers diabolically sharp and funny writing." The Washington Post Book World
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. ?'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.
A meth dealer. A prostitute. A serial killer.
Anywhere else, theyd be vermin. At the Mandel Academy, theyre called prodigies. The most exclusive school in New York City has been training young criminals for over a century. Only the most ruthless students are allowed to graduate. The rest disappear.
Flick, a teenage pickpocket, has risen to the top of his class. But then Mandel recruits a fierce new competitor who also happens to be Flicks old flame. Theyve been told only one of them will make it out of the Mandel Academy. Will they find a way to save each other—or will the school destroy them both?
About the Author
Chuck Palahniuk lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Fight Club is his first novel.
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