It takes a great book to make me regret watching a movie as good as Fight Club first. I have always loved the movie, but this book was so much better. I just wish I had read the book first because I knew too much to enjoy it to the full extent. Easily one of the best books I've ever read or listened to, regardless.
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.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
The problem I had with the book may be personal. It may have to do with knowing the ending in advance. The ending makes everything else make sense and is a satisfying twist. I thought that it would be interesting to listen to how the psychology of each character unfolds knowing in advance how it turns out, and that was the case for the first couple of hours. But as things got weirder -- and they do get weird, which is actually a good thing -- I started wishing that I was mystified as to why, but I already knew why.
In addition to knowing the ending in advance, which is clearly not the author's fault, I also had some issues with the writing style. I think Palahniuk could have made things more interesting by creating a wider array of characters and by incorporating more dialogue between them rather than inundating us with the narrator's internal monologue. Again, it wore on me over time after enjoying it for the first hour or two.
Jim Colby took the internal monologue to heart and performed it well as such. This was more than just reading prose, it was acting out the stream of consciousness of the narrator, and that was well done.
That's not the problem -- the problem was not having enough characters, and not having any of the minor characters fleshed out in the manner one expects and enjoys in a literary novel.
The best part of this novel is the liberal use of metaphors, metaphors that are explored on a grand scale. Fight Club itself, of course, is the most obvious, but hardly alone -- the support groups, the narrator's job as a recall assessor, his insomnia. That they all lead to the unexpected twist is well done, whether you know it advance from having seen the movie or after you reach it upon reading the book. But I think it's fair to say that when the metaphors overwhelm the reality they are symbolizing, you might have gone too far and done a disservice to your story. That is the case here.
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.
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.
I was surprised and disappointed to discover that this novel just isn't that good. Despite a good narrator, large chunks of this book are boring. Usually, if a movie is based on a novel, and you like the movie, then the novel will add layers of enjoyment to the film. With Fight Club, though, the quality of the movie just ruins this mediocre novel. If you loved the movie, just watch it again and leave this book on the shelf.