Fight Club

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1996 - Fiction - 208 pages
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Every weekend, in the basements and parking lots of bars across the country, young men with good white-collar jobs and absent fathers take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded just as long as they have to. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything. Fight club is the invention of Tyler Durden, projectionist, waiter, and dark, anarchic genius, and it's only the beginning of his plans for revenge on a world where cancer support groups have the corner on human warmth. As the narrator of Fight Club puts it: "If people thought you were dying, they gave you their full attention". Where does Tyler Durden come from? Why do his violent schemes so capture the troubled, insomniac narrator? What events bring them to the roof of the world's tallest building, wired to explode in ten minutes? What will the end of the millennium feel like? Readers of Chuck Palahniuk's brilliantly apocalyptic and unnerving first novel are going to find out.

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chuck is a quirky and brilliant writer. - LibraryThing
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I love Palahniuk's writing. - LibraryThing
Don't get me wrong, I liked the ending). - LibraryThing
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User Review  - Adrian Curtin - Goodreads

I kind of wish someone had told me to read the book instead of watch the movie just so I could compare my impressions with the film itself. The movie of course is a great realization of the book albeit with some alterations. The story is grungy and violent and beautifully written. Read full review

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User Review  - BT Hogan - Goodreads

What can you say about Fight Club that hasn't already been said? This was a very important book and it came along at a time in my life when I was ready for something to shake things up. Catcher in the Rye for Gen-Xers. Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Chuck Palahniuk was born in Pasco, Washington on February 21, 1962. He received a BA in journalism from the University of Oregon in 1986. Before becoming a full-time author, he worked as a journalist and as a diesel mechanic. He has written numerous books including Survivor, Invisible Monsters, Lullaby, Rant, Stranger than Fiction, Tell-All, Damned, and Doomed. His book Fight Club was made into a film by director David Fincher and his book Choke was made into a film by director Clark Gregg. In 2014, his title Beautiful You made The New York Times Best Seller List.

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