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Book Review: Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk

Posted by jelly baby999 from Cardiff - Published on 10/02/2016 at 18:04
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Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Vintage Books

RRP £8.99

Genre: Satire

Fight Club is about a man whose insomnia drives him to masquerade as a severely ill person at several support groups.

However, he then meets the infamous cult character Tyler Durden, who joins him in starting underground fighting clubs as a form of psychotherapy.

Palahniuk is nothing if not a brilliant writer, with other notable works such as Choke and Invisible Monsters.

I adore this book. Palahniuk is one of the best transgressional fiction writers out there, with Fight Club being a personal favourite of mine. It features themes of consumerism, the essence of masculinity, and a smidge of despair.

"We don't have a great war in our generation, or a great depression, but we do, we have a great war of the spirit. We have a great revolution against the culture. The great depression is our lives. We have a spiritual depression." Page 149, Chapter 19.

This non-linear storyline makes the book fascinating to follow, as well as having an ending that you probably wouldn't expect. In my opinion, this book will always be relevant. It's a must read cult classic of the 90s, and the film is just as good. It's a short sharp read, but hypnotic and savagely striking all the same. If you like books such as Naked Lunch, Requiem For A Dream or Trainspotting, you may just enjoy this book as much as I have.

"An outrageously suspenseful apocalyptic comedy of horror with acid clarity Fight Club achieves something only terrifying books do - it tells us: this is how we live now. Maybe our generation has finally found its Don DeLillo." Bret Easton Ellis, author of another personal favourite, American Psycho.

The book was originally published as a short story of a mere seven pages. This was then expanded into a novel, with the original now composing of chapter six of the book.  

I could rant about this book all day and all night, but in an effort to keep this review collected, I shall say one more thing.

You'll love it.

5/5 Stars

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