But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - J.D. Salinger ^(;,;)^
15 years ago, I saw the movie. So, apparently, did every other slightly or mildly disaffected young man-boy in the country. I remember when even at BYU students were forming fight clubs after the movie. No project mayhem. BYU is far too neat for that (Cougars don't cut corners), but plenty of virgins banging on each other. It was a little bit absurd. OK. It was a lot bit absurd. Anyway, I didn't want to read the book until I had spent enough time away from Fincher's tight, sweaty adaption (and BYU) so that there would be a chance the book would stand on its own. So it wouldn't just be a re-cap of the movie. Impossible. There are only those who read the book after the movie and those who read the book before the movie, and those who read it before aren't talking.
I love a good book...
...is you don't talk about Fight Club. Well, the book was very helpful in understanding the details of the mental illness that is present in the story. The movie left a lot to be desired in this realm. This is a well written story that helps one better understand the mind of a dissociative client.
Having seen the movie first I was hoping the story would be more in depth, maybe a little different, and it was but only in some minor ways. Overall, for me the book was just a narrative of the movie. I did love the movie however and am not saying this is a bad book in any way. Its a great story complete with twists and turns, action, love, and fighting. Just a warning for those looking into this because of the movie, it is the same. For those who haven't seen the movie, I highly recommend this book...and the movie!
If you liked the movie for all the right reasons, then you'll love this book. It is satirical, dark, funny, and brilliant. The movie and book have some big differences, but they both stand alone as greats works of art. If you are truly a member of Project Mayhem- you will love it and become hooked on Palahniuk. The performance by the actor is excellent.
I am Jack's complete lack of surprise.
This audiobook was awesome.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
Ain't seen the movie, but I want to now. CP's writing comes right out of left field. You never know what he is going to say next. In parts it was like watching that cult classic Warriors. I just wanted to go get in a fight. As a 52 year old man who watched movies and TV as a kid and believed as I was told that I would accomplish my dreams in the corporate world, if I only worked hard, this story really hit home. You might think CP is just going for shock value, but if you listen, you will hear he as a lot to say. You may look at life a little differently.
I have not seen the movie, but I just finished the book and I thought it was fantastic. Not really what I expected, though. I've read reviews where the book is called a "guys' book" and I kind of understand why they say that, it's raw and brutal and angry, but I don't believe that those traits are exclusive to men. In some ways it reminds me of Fahrenheit 451 and The Road and American Psycho. I want someone I know to have read it so I can discuss it with them, but so far I haven't found anyone.
If you saw the movie, don't worry. I feel the book enhances the movie, going beyond what they could do on the big screen. Even though I knew "the twist", it's still hard to see it coming. Many say this book is an attack on commercialism, but for me I found it to be a brilliant insight into a truely deranged mind!
No, it was a bit too vulgar and anarchistic for me.
I've read some, and it's one of his better ones. Survivor is my personal favorite of his though.