NOVEL: FIGHT CLUB
AUTHOR: Chuck Palahniuk
RATING: Five out of five Siggies

My beloved dog Mookie recently passed on, so I'm taking longer walks with our 10-year-old dog Emma. I read while I walk her , which gives me about an hour of reading time a day. I finally picked up FIGHT CLUB by Chuck Palahniuk. A couple of reviewers have compared my writing style to this guy, but I haven't read him before. I'm a huge fan of the Fight Club movie so I thought I'd check him out.

Normally when someone is a critical darling, winning all dem awards and sech,  I find the book to be garbage. COLD MOUNTAIN is an example -- I couldn't make it through fifty pages of this self-absorbed work, which chooses to eliminate most punctuation that tells you who is talking, what characters are doing, etc. Apparently, if you throw grammar out the window (on purpose, not like my daily butchering of the language), then you are an artist and deserving of much praise.

So I had low expectations for FIGHT CLUB. Or to put it another way, I left my guard down, and Palahniuk kneed me in the balls and thumbed me in the eye. Holy shit. This book is an immediate entry into my Top Ten. Even though I'd seen and loved the movie, the book is even better. And even though he plays fast and loose with regular-person punctuation, and that takes some getting used to, it's a brilliant piece of work. I'd say if you like my stuff, you'd like FIGHT CLUB. If your male, you'll probably like it more. If you're male, ages 25 to 40 and you had a public school education, you will likely put it on a shelf surrounded by some little candles.

Quite honestly, I have never, ever, ever read a book that captures how I feel about my culture and my station in life with such brutal honesty and utter perfection. It's a rock-em-sock-em-robot of a story, but there's a lot of modern-day philosphy about what it's like to be a man stuck in a pacifist job when your primitive soul wants to go out and beat the shit out of something. 

How much did I dig it? I want to run out and read the rest of his work, but I'm afraid his other books won't live up to the same level of fucking awesome, and that will somehow dull the fucking awesome of FIGHT CLUB. And I refuse to let anyone dull the fucking awesome of FIGHT CLUB, even if I have to knee them in the balls and thumb them in the eye.


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I've been wanting to read that

Nate Dogg... "life is hard. But it's one helluva lot harder if you're stupid"- -John Wayne

Nate Dogg... The only signature I need is my fist.

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Great book

and books are almost always better than whatever Hollywood turns them into.

 

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Others by Chuck P

Check these out. Most excellent work by Chuck: Choke Invisible Monsters Survivor
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Fight Club is awesome. I saw

Fight Club is awesome. I saw the film first as well. I thought it was all good except the ending. However the book is a different beast and is excellent throughout. I have read all his other books and while I have a soft spot for Soul Survivor none of them come close the the sublime majesty of fight club.
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Some others to read

 I see some one else has beat me to the punch of suggesting Inviable Monsters and Survivor. Those are truely messed up books about self-destruction and rebuilding. I haven't read Choke or Lullaby, but I hear they are pretty good.  Fight Club is definately the king of the Palenuk universe.  Old Chuck had another one that I think I read, but I can't remember it, maybe it's just my imagination getting out and doing it's thing.

 

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I've gotta read that soon

G-Man

When life gives you lemons, make applesauce. -Angelica Pickles

G-Man

"I used to be obsessed with a tv show about people acting like jackasses. I think it was called dumbass" - Earl Hickey

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Sorry, sonny. This book is for the big boys.

Nate Dogg... The only signature I need is my fist.

Nate Dogg... The only signature I need is my fist.

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Well I will read it anyway

even if I have to sneak it in.

G-Man

I'm on TV! Oh shit! First Cops now this! I'm gonna be a star, son! - Shorty

G-Man

"I used to be obsessed with a tv show about people acting like jackasses. I think it was called dumbass" - Earl Hickey

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I'm in line for it at my library

but I got Snuff and Diary while I was there today. 50 pages into Snuff and its OK so far. Very interesting premise.

G-Man 

Rich man gets off work, then buys stereo. Not after f***ing brunch! - Mooj

G-Man

"I used to be obsessed with a tv show about people acting like jackasses. I think it was called dumbass" - Earl Hickey

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my parents saw the cover and what it was about

and they were pissed. they said that I couldn't get any more books by Chuck Palanuik (sp?) and I convinced them to let me get fight club and then get no more books completeley centered around sex. 50 pages left and its a pretty good book.

G-Man

Rich man gets off work, then buys stereo. Not after f***ing brunch! - Mooj

G-Man

"I used to be obsessed with a tv show about people acting like jackasses. I think it was called dumbass" - Earl Hickey

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So ...

I guess that leaves you out n8.

"I'm going to show him what a little girls made of, gunpowder and lead" - Miranda Lambert

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There go your plans

No Kama Sutra for you! 

 

..No Bounce..

...No Play...

 

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lol nice...

Nate Dogg... The only signature I need is my fist.

Nate Dogg... The only signature I need is my fist.

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The inside covers are different "positions"

I'm not even kidding.

G-Man

Rich man gets off work, then buys stereo. Not after f***ing brunch! - Mooj

G-Man

"I used to be obsessed with a tv show about people acting like jackasses. I think it was called dumbass" - Earl Hickey

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Sorry for the double post

pressed the button more than 1 i guess.

G-Man

Rich man gets off work, then buys stereo. Not after f***ing brunch! - Mooj

G-Man

"I used to be obsessed with a tv show about people acting like jackasses. I think it was called dumbass" - Earl Hickey

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Well I just got it at my library

and I've been reading it nonstop. Extremely good.

G-Man

Rich man gets off work, then buys stereo. Not after f***ing brunch! - Mooj

G-Man

"I used to be obsessed with a tv show about people acting like jackasses. I think it was called dumbass" - Earl Hickey

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I guess if you hide it with your

other prohibited reading materials you should be able to finish it with out it getting taken away. Just cover your eyes as you read though grown up parts!

“I still can't tell if that's funny or really scary.”


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I just finished it

Parents were there when I read it. Now to wait till Nov. 1st to watch the movie on G4.

G-Man

Rich man gets off work, then buys stereo. Not after f***ing brunch! - Mooj

G-Man

"I used to be obsessed with a tv show about people acting like jackasses. I think it was called dumbass" - Earl Hickey

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dvr'd the movie on g4, movies that don't suck

watched half of it, love it so far. Whats up wit hsplicing TD into the first 15-ish mins?

G-Man

I am gman's "spider fingers".

G-Man

"I used to be obsessed with a tv show about people acting like jackasses. I think it was called dumbass" - Earl Hickey

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lol i like ur status. the splicing will be explained later.

Nate Dogg... The only signature I need is my fist.

Nate Dogg... The only signature I need is my fist.

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no I know what its for I read the book

*SPOILER*

 

I know TD is a reel changer and he splices pornography into movies like homeward bound and that TD and the narrator, jack, cornelious, rupert or whoever the hell noprton is are more than friends.

G-Man

I am gman's "spider fingers".

G-Man

"I used to be obsessed with a tv show about people acting like jackasses. I think it was called dumbass" - Earl Hickey

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fight club gave me the idea for the status

G-Man

I am gman's "spider fingers".

G-Man

"I used to be obsessed with a tv show about people acting like jackasses. I think it was called dumbass" - Earl Hickey

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duhhhhhhhh

Nate Dogg... The only signature I need is my fist.

Nate Dogg... The only signature I need is my fist.

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yeah that noprton

can you really be gay for urself?
Nate Dogg... The only signature I need is my fist.

Nate Dogg... The only signature I need is my fist.

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I guess you could

the ending of the book confused me. could someone explain it to me?

G-Man

I am gman's "spider fingers".

G-Man

"I used to be obsessed with a tv show about people acting like jackasses. I think it was called dumbass" - Earl Hickey

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