the one time. the movie actually focuses better and fine tunes points of the Fight club I like better. and again the secular world has omitted something and anything God from the plot. I don't know how they could have kept the real ending, but they're Hollywood and could have figured it out
A rarity when the movie is better than the book, but it's worth listening to. Lots of familiar lines straight from the book in the movie. Definitely a thinker. If nothing else, it'll make you appreciate the movie more.
I didn't know anything about the book. I knew the movie was and still is my top 5 favorite movie. To me it is as good as 12 monkeys and other psychological movies. I would dare say it is better than the movie about the guy who pays to forget everything. it's a classic, but the name I only remember in spanish. Anyway. this book is more detailed than the movie, and the ending itself is worth the read. I just want to be done with this review so I can listen to it again. Recommended to anyone mature. Just because it does implies many bad things about our lives that could possibly put a immature person into depression. I don't know. I just want to be responsible in letting you know not to take this as a recommendation to become tayler, but just to read/listen to the book or watch the movie.
I am a long time fan of Chuck Palahniuk. Reading all of his books. This one had eluded me for a long time. Reading it now... It is very clear they kept the movie close in line with the book.
Only thing I didn't care for was the narrator. Two things . one is the voice, volume, and pitch changed several times throughout the movie. Two is since the movie is so iconic.. They should have tried to get someone who sounded more like Edward Norton.
Overall I loved the book like i love almost all of his. Books.
Wow! First CP book. I'm hooked. Not for the squeamish at all. Knowing the major issues from the movie made this an incredible listen--his set-ups=brilliant. Think I'm going to listen again to discover even more "tells." Won't be disappointed if you're looking for fast-paced dysfunction!
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” Steinbeck
A skillfully turbulent novel that wields a wallop in relatively short order (less than 5 1/2 hours). Chuck P wrote this as a male counter to the plethora of novels on best seller shelves in the early 1990s in which women get together for a social gathering such as The Joy Luck Club, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and How to Make an American Quilt.
The first person narrator is struggling with insomnia and finds relief in impersonating a patient or survivor of a terminal illness and attending several support groups. He then meets Tyler Durden, a cinema projectionist, waiter and anarchist, who the narrator describes as "funny and forceful and independent, and men look up to him and expect him to change their world." He moves in with Tyler after an explosive device destroys his apartment.
Together, they start a Fight Club where white collar guys get together on the weekend to pummel one another then show up at work on Mondays with the black and blues with a few teeth loose. The basic idea is:
"I see in the fight club the strongest and smartest men who've ever lived... and I see squandering... an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables, slaves with white collars, advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy [crap] we don't need. We're the middle children of the history man, no purpose or place, we have no Great war, no Great depression, our great war is a spiritual war, our great depression is our lives, we've been all raised by television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires and movie gods and rock stars, but we won't and we're slowly learning that fact, and we're very very pi$ $ed off.”
But underlying this rage against the Man, is a concept familiar in 12-step circles:
“Only after disaster can we be resurrected. It's only after you've lost everything that you're free to do anything. ...” "The lower you fall, the higher you fly." And, "only through destroying myself can I discover the greater power of my spirit."
Things quickly evolve (or devolve) into a more exclusive club of the most loyal Fight Club members in Tyler Durden's anarchic "Project Mayhem." I won't spoil the rest if you are like me when buying this book, and have not read the book or seen the movie.
A remarkable rambunctious romp.
I enjoy spy, military, psychological, technical and fiction based in reality and science. I really value intimate, thorough writing.
Testosterone. Chaos. Soap.
The way it was fragmented and echoed on itself. It fit the narrators situation/mood. I didn't feel a certain way because the book said i should. I felt that way because of how the story was presented. Just excellent.
Not really? there werent alot of characters anyway. So we really dont get to know anyone with a voice.
Yes and no. Because of the nature of the book it was almost better broken up.
Inevitably i have to compare it to the movie. I actually enjoyed the movie more. The little nuances the actors brought to the characters and the way the scenes were directed were just masterful. To ME this story is better told in movie format. The book did a much better job of illustrating the downward spiraling mood but over all as a piece of art and a feeling... the movie takes the cake.
Underrated. I say that knowing this book was made into a movie and it helped launch one of the most successful writing careers of all time. Violence is given a good name here. Not an easy thing to do. Extremely important read for all those people who have been taught to change the state from within.