FIGHT CLUB Book Review – Jake S.
Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club is an amazing tale, one that I thouroughly enjoyed reading. Palahniuk has inspired millions with this epic story of triumph and drastic life changes. This action packed story forces breaths to be held from beginning to end. It forces the reader to consider the path their own life is taking. The strengths of the book are the message and the dynamic between the main characters.
The story starts off with an unnamed hero, an insurance investigator prone to depression and insomnia, finds temporary relief by attending various support groups. However, another fake goer of these groups, Marla, reminds him that he him self is a fake and thus ruins his fun. Meanwhile, he meets the charasmatic projectionist Tyler Durden. After the narrarators house is blown up, he has to move into an abandoned house with Tyler. The two start “Fight Club” in the basement of a bar. Fight Club offers them and other confused, frustrated males a chance to release their angers.
There exsist several different messages of this book. One of them is to observe the course your life is taking and if you don’t like it to make a change. The main character is extremely unhappy with his life. When he meets Tyler the two do something about it. Another theme is how many people have to accept their place in society even though it may not be what they want. “We are the middle children of history, raised by television to believe that someday we’ll be millionaires and movie stars and rock stars, but we won’t. And we’re just learning this fact”
The dynamic of the main character is interesting. In the beginning he is depressed with his life. But as the story continues he finds his release through fight club for his frustrations with society and empty life. “You aren’t alive anywhere like you’re alive at fight club…. Fight club isn’t about winning or losing fights. Fight club isn’t about words. You see a guy come to fight club for the first time, and his ass is a loaf of white bread. You see this same guy here six months later, and he looks carved out of wood. This guy trusts himself to handle anything. There’s grunting and noise at fight club like at the gym, but fight club isn’t about looking good. There’s hysterical shouting in tongues like at church, and when you wake up Sunday afternoon you feel saved.”
Palahniuk’s unique writing style is that of a dark, sarcastic humor. His writings demonstrate limited vocabulary and short, choppy sentences that seem to mimic the way an average person might tell a story. This book is truly life changing. I would recommend it to any one