I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.
How could something so disturbing be so good?
I first saw Fight Club in the theater in 1998, I think it was. I went with a friend, we were both 18. After the movie ended, he asked me, "What did you think of the move?", And I said, "I don't know." And asked him and he said, "I don't know."
Well for the next few days the gross out factor was fading, but other parts of the movie kept coming back to me, and I started to realize just how brilliant the movie was. And since that time both my friend and I consider it to be one of the best movies ever made.
This book is even more disturbing than the movie, but just as good. The movie fairly faithful to be book, but of course there are differences.
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.
I found the narration of the audiobook was grating and had difficulty not comparing it to the movie. The story and characters are different enough to justify reading the book if you liked the movie, but skip the audiobook.
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.
I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - 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 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.
This definitely mirror the movie but in my opinion it is an average book across the board. The performance was not thrilling and seemed to lack emotion so I was not drawn in. I gutted through it but would not recommend it.
I love stories and traveling in a world beyond my own. I write them, read them, view them and now listen to them!
First off, I have to say that this was/is a brilliant concept. I fretfully have watched the movie on multiple occasions and because of that have to overlook concepts the book originally had. Respectfully, I love the movie more than the book just because it was shot so brilliantly and in such a unique way.
Now, the book, it was great in the sense of the almost philosophic principles it establishes to our need for material goods, status, purpose and past. Letting us all know that we are deeply special, but not alone. That we are also not special and function best as a collective, once we are stripped of all the bragging, boasting and rhetoric we like to throw around as if it will all mean something in a hundred years. This is a revolutionary book and takes a glimpse into the lengths we need to go to truly feel free.