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This one's somewhat redundant ? I mean, everyone raves about Fight Club. Adding my voice just seems trite. But?it's true?Fight Club was one of the most original novels published in the late '90s. Granted, it suffers from huge quantities of nihilism, but the '90s were one of America's most self-involved decades (a tough call in a country that wallows in navel gazing). The great thing about this book is that Palahniuk puts a face on, and a heart into, a portion of what drives American nuttiness. I mean, forget Iron John, this is a real book with real male characters who feel like they're struggling with the kind of angst that real men in late 20th-century America struggle with. It's dark, it's funny, it's insightful ? good book, great read!
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An underground classic since its first publication in 1996, Fight Club is now recognized as one of the most original and provocative novels published in this decade. Chuck Palahniuk's darkly funny first novel tells the story of a godforsaken young man who discovers that his rage at living in a world filled with failure and lies cannot be pacified by an empty consumer culture. Relief for him and his disenfranchised peers comes in the form of secret after-hours boxing matches held in the basements of bars. Fight Club is the brainchild of Tyler Durden, who thinks he has found a way for himself and his friends to live beyond their confining and stultifying lives. But in Tyler's world there are no rules, no limits, no brakes.

Chuck Palahnuik's novels are the bestselling Lullaby and Fight Club, which was made into a film by director David Fincher, Diary, Survivor, Invisible Monsters, and Choke. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

An underground classic since its first publication in 1996, Fight Club is now recognized as one of the most original and provocative novels published in this decade. Chuck Palahniuk's darkly funny first novel tells the story of a god-forsaken young man who discovers that his rage at living in a world filled with failure and lies cannot be pacified by an empty consumer culture. Relief for him and his disenfranchised peers comes in the form of secret after-hours boxing matches held in the basements of bars. Fight Club is the brainchild of Tyler Durden, who thinks he has found a way for himself and his friends to live beyond their confining and stultifying lives. But in Tyler's world there are no rules, no limits, no brakes.

"Fight Club offers diabolically sharp and funny writing."The Washington Post Book World

"An astonishing debut . . . Fight Club is a dark, unsettling and nerve-chafing satire."The Seattle Times

"A powerful, dark, original novel . . . a memorable debut by an important new writer."Robert Stone

Review:

"Fight Club offers diabolically sharp and funny writing." The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"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

Review:

"An astonishing debut....Fight Club is a dark, unsettling, and nerve-chafing satire." Seattle Times

Review:

"[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

Review:

"A powerful, dark, original novel...a memorable debut by an important new writer." Robert Stone

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"Maybe our generation has found its Don DeLillo." Bret Easton Ellis

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"Even I can't write this well." Thom Jones

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"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

Review:

"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

Synopsis:

With more than 300,000 copies sold, Chuck Palahniuk's brilliant first novel and cult classic is being reissued with a new Introduction by the author

An underground classic since its first publication in 1996, Fight Club is widely recognized as one of the most original and provocative novels of the last decade. Now the author adds his own voice to the critical debate he generated. In a new Introduction, he discusses the various interpretations in the popular media of Fight Club and the movie it inspired, as well as his personal reactions to the work's reception and the influence that the Fight Club phenomenon has already had on our culture.

Chuck Palahniuk's darkly funny first novel tells the story of a disenfranchised young man frustrated with his bureacratic job and superficial relationships and disillusioned with the consumer culture's prepackaged pleasures. Relief for him and his peers comes in the form of Tyler Durden, the intensely charismatic inventor of Fight Club. Waiters, clerks, and middlemen seek out the visceral satisfaction of secret after-hours boxing matches in the basements of bars, thinking they have found a way to live beyond their confining and stultifying lives. But in Tyler's world there are no rules, no limits, no brakes.

Synopsis:

An underground classic since its first publication in 1996, Fight Club is now recognized as one of the most original and provocative novels published in this decade. Chuck Palahniuk's darkly funny first novel tells the story of a godforsaken young man who discovers that his rage at living in a world filled with failure and lies cannot be pacified by an empty consumer culture. Relief for him and his disenfranchised peers comes in the form of secret after-hours boxing matches held in the basements of bars. Fight Club is the brainchild of Tyler Durden, who thinks he has found a way for himself and his friends to live beyond their confining and stultifying lives. But in Tyler's world there are no rules, no limits, no brakes.

About the Author

Chuck Palahniuk lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Fight Club is his first novel.

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Mels Musings, July 17, 2011 (view all comments by Mels Musings)
Chuck Palahniuk reminds me of Jerzy Kozinski and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
When you read his books, you are taken into disturbing worlds where things are turned upside down and you are upset, even appalled at times by his visions.
I am a reader who loves the type of book that makes you think and question your perspective on the world, so I adored Fight Club.

It centers around a man who hates his job, hates his life, and is beginning to reject and be angered by consumerism.
His growing insomnia sends him to the doctor, who advises that he should go to a support group about testicular cancer, to see "what real suffering is". This is one plot line as he becomes deeply involved in these groups.
Another plot line is about the actual fight club, how it comes about, the rules, and what it morphs into.
Then the novel explodes with a plot twist that will have you reeling.
A truly interesting psychological journey.

I recommend this book highly.
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Cam Waller, November 23, 2009 (view all comments by Cam Waller)
This book gives an insight on the modern/underclass american man. A feel of the stress of how to fit in, feel good about your self and be a man. How everyone needs a way to let loose, and have a wild side. Showing the true face of every human, and how we really do all have to faces.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805062977
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Palahniuk, Chuck
Publisher:
Holt Paperbacks
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Movie-TV Tie-In
Subject:
Movie-TV Tie-In - Novelizations
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Millennialism
Subject:
Boxing
Subject:
Apocalyptic fantasies
Subject:
Movie-TV Tie-In - General
Subject:
Movie or Television Tie-In
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Movie tie-in ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
September 1, 1999
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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Product details 224 pages Henry Holt & Company - English 9780805062977 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

This one's somewhat redundant ? I mean, everyone raves about Fight Club. Adding my voice just seems trite. But?it's true?Fight Club was one of the most original novels published in the late '90s. Granted, it suffers from huge quantities of nihilism, but the '90s were one of America's most self-involved decades (a tough call in a country that wallows in navel gazing). The great thing about this book is that Palahniuk puts a face on, and a heart into, a portion of what drives American nuttiness. I mean, forget Iron John, this is a real book with real male characters who feel like they're struggling with the kind of angst that real men in late 20th-century America struggle with. It's dark, it's funny, it's insightful ? good book, great read!

"Review" by , "Fight Club offers diabolically sharp and funny writing."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "An astonishing debut....Fight Club is a dark, unsettling, and nerve-chafing satire."
"Review" by , "[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."
"Review" by , "A powerful, dark, original novel...a memorable debut by an important new writer."
"Review" by , "Maybe our generation has found its Don DeLillo."
"Review" by , "Even I can't write this well."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by ,
With more than 300,000 copies sold, Chuck Palahniuk's brilliant first novel and cult classic is being reissued with a new Introduction by the author

An underground classic since its first publication in 1996, Fight Club is widely recognized as one of the most original and provocative novels of the last decade. Now the author adds his own voice to the critical debate he generated. In a new Introduction, he discusses the various interpretations in the popular media of Fight Club and the movie it inspired, as well as his personal reactions to the work's reception and the influence that the Fight Club phenomenon has already had on our culture.

Chuck Palahniuk's darkly funny first novel tells the story of a disenfranchised young man frustrated with his bureacratic job and superficial relationships and disillusioned with the consumer culture's prepackaged pleasures. Relief for him and his peers comes in the form of Tyler Durden, the intensely charismatic inventor of Fight Club. Waiters, clerks, and middlemen seek out the visceral satisfaction of secret after-hours boxing matches in the basements of bars, thinking they have found a way to live beyond their confining and stultifying lives. But in Tyler's world there are no rules, no limits, no brakes.

"Synopsis" by ,
An underground classic since its first publication in 1996, Fight Club is now recognized as one of the most original and provocative novels published in this decade. Chuck Palahniuk's darkly funny first novel tells the story of a godforsaken young man who discovers that his rage at living in a world filled with failure and lies cannot be pacified by an empty consumer culture. Relief for him and his disenfranchised peers comes in the form of secret after-hours boxing matches held in the basements of bars. Fight Club is the brainchild of Tyler Durden, who thinks he has found a way for himself and his friends to live beyond their confining and stultifying lives. But in Tyler's world there are no rules, no limits, no brakes.

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