Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Young white collar men around America are starting to fight in underground clubs. These fight clubs have rules and rule one is you don’t talk about Fight Club. Rule two is you don’t talk about Fight Club. There is in fact so much obfuscation in this book that by the time you get to the end you have to start at the beginning to figure out who didn’t say what to whom at just the right time.

Unless you’ve seen the movie. In fact, you, like me, have probably already seen the movie and are wondering why you would bother reading the book. Reason one, Chuck Palahniuk is such a trip of a read that he makes taking acid seem like a Christmas holiday for a bauble. I assume.

He is concise, laconic, detailed, egregious, perverse and revolutionary. Sometimes all in the same breath. He is also a master of seeing the big picture. Fight Club is about the human condition and getting out of our Ikea furnished flat-pack half-hearted lives and finding a better way and a better existence.

I loved the book. I’m glad I saw the movie first because I could picture Brad Pitt and Edward Norton throughout as a bit of a treat. What’s reason two you ask? See reason one.


  1. Oh, glad to hear you liked it! I loved this book completely. I recommend his book Diary as well.

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      Diary is one of my favourites, as is Lullaby. There’s a great scene in Lullaby where he mentions a Christmas bauble. Grim but so clever.

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