Jim Colby's reading was fine. I would listen to another book he read. As for Chuck Palahniuk I am not sure I would read another of his books.
I would recommend it to certain friends, it has some interesting questions to pose.
I believe it has been. I have not seen it.
The writing was well done. The crudity, debasement and psychosis were abundant. The characters were interesting, the story had some original elements.
Herb Teas Trees and British Comedies
Fight club is a novel that presents a lot to think on... it begins by exploring things you find yourself surprised to not have noticed, and runs on to assertions you cheer and champion, and then slowly carries those assertions to a conclusion you find yourself disagreeing with - without really knowing why... without really knowing When it all goes wrong..
A brilliant telling of a truely sad flaw in our society... far too true... it speaks volumes to those of us who are young men stuck in just the sorts of dead end, underappreciated, abusive Bullshit lives... it champions their deepest feelings of misuse and exposes so brilliantly the fundimental breakdowns in our societal aims... but it doesn't offer a perfect world in return. It choses instead to leave the solutions up to you, the reader... no easy answers here.
I gotta love Big Bob... Everything about the guy just makes him the only angel in the book and it is perhaps the eventual downfall of his 'honest' striving that begins to expose the hidden flaw in what had up to then seemed such a 'better' system...
Tyler is great... I always find the 'crazy' characters more of a challenge to convey... but his careful excecution brings his 'Brad Pitt' persona Completely alive... I don't think they mention Tyler's blonde hair till the end, but somehow you just 'Know' it the whole time... right?
I am left, after finishing this book, with both the complete assertion that there is some truth which Tyler misses that would disprove his false logic and the systems it creates And Yet I find myself unable to actually wrap my fingers around it... Disregarding with disgust the sugary cutesy koombaya bulshit answers of soccer moms and sunday schools...
A problem for sure, but not a simple answer.. Where Does it all Actually go wrong? I know it does, but I don't know Where! How! or WHY!
I do somewhat worry that readers of this book might think it ultimately argues in Favor of the systems and realities Tyler constructs... that the space monkeys out there will continue to buy it hook line and sinker... that they will forever be sitting in circles, in black, with shaved heads, reciting passages... and I can't help but think that is NOT the author's point...
Mind you, there is much here to quote, and far too much truth in statement to disregard... but there remains Something Tyler ultimately misses... and I think That is the Novel's Key..
I would strive to encourage All Readers to think on this point... and not simply cheer the system...
Problems need to be solved to be sure... problems Excelently exposed... but ultimately Somewhere along the way, it goes off the rails...
I would encourage Each New Reader to try and find out just Where that happens...
I'll be damned if I can pin it down... sure tho I am that it is there...
Loved the book, loved the film, and the audio version did not disappoint.
The car scene with "The Mechanic" was great. Also the inner monologues (of which there are many).
If you enjoyed the book or the film, the audiobook is for you. A modern classic.
Jim Colby was fine.
The literary quality of this book is probably fine. It was literary enough to catch the eye of the movies and also two of my favorite actors. I even tried to watch the movie. Not a good experience either.
I like to read/listen for pure entertainment or educational value. This book was non stop depressive violence and people debasing each other and themselves. Like violent pornography, I don't enjoy reading/listening/watching it. I did complete it because I don't like to leave a book unfinished. However the end and the "surprise" plot twist was evident long before the last page.
Having seen the movie adaptation first, I found listening to the book to be intriguing. It was helpful to experience the characters as their brilliant author had first conceived them and by extension it was rewarding to compare this to the movie screenplay, thereby understanding how a movie is built from the bones of a book.
Very recommended as there were even more laughs than I'd anticipated...
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I like they gave you the recipe for dynamite.
Truly a good read
I enjoyed it a lot, a good one overall. Did not like this as much as the two other Palahniuk books I have read, Choke (read actual paper book) or Survivor (stunning audio book with fantastic narrator), I just wasn't AS impressed but I still love his style and oddball subjects. I think the narrator was just okay, kind of blah rendition and not really exciting, or maybe his voice/style just didn't fully match the character for me. But not bad narration, either.
Reading was good, but I am not convinced with the author's whole "point" which seems to be that, because we live in a peaceful, prosperous time, we somehow need a vent, or outlet, for our violent tendencies and the inherent void within ourselves. Perhaps this is true for the author but it is certainly not a "universal problem". Rather than "fight club", why not contribute positively to the community by volunteering to help others?
In any case, I was hoping the book would have more of a message than the movie, but I was sadly disappointed. I know my review is controversial, so I'll caveat this by saying "just my 2 cents".
New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.
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.