Author: Chuck Palahniuk
Publication Date: 8/17/1996
W. W. Norton
Plot summary â€“The main character/narrator is the protagonist, a jet-lagged automotive product recall specialist who struggles with insomnia. He finds a measure of relief by attending several support groups for seriously ill people. In one of the groups he meets Marla Singer, a woman who attends these support groups for similar reasons, but she is a reminder that he is a fake in these groups. Soon after, the narrator meets the mysterious Tyler Durden. After a consensual fist-fight in the parking lot of a bar, they move in together and soon begin an underground fighting club. This blossoms into anti-consumerist ideas and a second underground group, this one more violent/destructive at its core. When the narrator sets out to find Tyler, who seems to have gone missing, he is confronted with the reality that there is no Tyler Durdenâ€¦ that Tyler is a personality created during his periods of insomnia.
Quick thoughts -
How everything you ever love will reject you or die. Everything you ever create will be thrown away. Everything youâ€™re proud of will end up as trash. â€“ Fight Club
- Some of the hosts might not be terribly enthusiastic about this one.
- Chapter 6 was the original short storyâ€¦ worth reading.
- Scott wants to compare it to The Stranger (Camus) or anything by Sartre, but it canâ€™t be done.
- Itâ€™s a cult of personality, especially when recruiting for Project Mayhem.
- If youâ€™re watching the movieâ€¦ donâ€™t eat brownie mix, or anything, during the liposuction scene. Youâ€™re welcome.
- Things start to come alive when the narrator begins to realize who Tyler Durden is.
- Forced edgy, forced clever, but it doesnâ€™t quite work on paper. The transfer to film worked better.
- Scottâ€™s scary tales of insomnia.
- There is a lack of a cohesive world; everything revolves around the narrator, but there were some bright spots of descriptive visualization.
- Marla Singer â€“ real person or another personality?
- We make A LOT of comparisons to the filmâ€¦ get used to it.
- The main character is deeply flawed, but not â€œdeep.â€
- A satire of anti-consumerism?
- Space monkeys.
- Soap, as your buried heroes and washing society clean. Also itâ€™s feeding them their own kids.
- Working class people taught that theyâ€™ll have a level of success, but they learn that itâ€™s just not true.
- When the narrator is flying around the country looking for himself/Tyler, heâ€™s put up obstacles that keep him from finding what/who he is looking for but there isnâ€™t much sympathy for the narrator.
- The themes ring true, but the characters do not.
- Itâ€™s an anarchist movement with a surprisingly large number of rules.
- The parts of the story that are meant to be edgy, come off more as self-consciously edgy or childish.
- Comments on Fight Clubs started up after the book/movie.
- Who is this book really meant for?
- Brief discussion on how the movie ending deviates from the book ending.
- This is our final stand against consumerism.
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