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Jonathan

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  • Fight Club

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Jim Colby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Performance
    (777)
    Story
    (792)

    When a listless office employee (the narrator) meets Tyler Durden, his life begins to take on a strange new dimension. Together they form Fight Club - a secretive underground group sponsoring bloody bare-knuckle boxing matches staged in seedy alleys, vacant warehouses, and dive-bar basements. Fight Club lets ordinary men vent their suppressed rage, and it quickly develops a fanatical following.

    Ilana says: "The first rule about Fight Club is..."
    "No easy answers."
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    What did you love best about Fight Club?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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...


    Which character – as performed by Jim Colby – was your favorite?

    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?


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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...
    Excelent Book!

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