FIGHT CLUB by Chuck Palahniuk


At last I’ve read this book, it’s dark and gritty and satirical … it can be a little confusing reading through the narrator’s thoughts. When I was reading this I kept on saying “what a psycho this guy is!”, it was graphical and disturbing and I wanted to understand it a bit deeper, that this book is not just a pessimist’s way of thinking.

“May I never be complete. May I never be content. May I never be perfect.”

An unreliable narrator suffers from insomnia and attended different cancer support groups and faked having cancer just to let go of his personal demons but ever since he met Marla, who is another faker like him, his insomnia had gone worse. Then Tyler Durden appeared and invented Fight Club and went very extreme that he invented Project Mayhem and these three people formed a very cryptic relationship with each other.

“You are not special. You’re not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You’re the same decaying organic matter as everything else. We’re all part of the same compost heap. We’re all singing, all dancing crap of the world.”

I think the reason Tyler Durden appeared in the first place is because the narrator was weak and can’t help but get stuck in the middle of a rat race, too weak to break the rules and too weak to lose everything, always conforming. Like women who has The Joy luck club as a way to communicate and verbalize their feelings, Fight club was created as a way of blowing off steam and simply to forget about “life” for a while because men are known to express themselves rather than talk.

“The things you own end up owning you. It’s only after you lose everything that you’re free to do anything.”

This book also tells us how everyone today kept chasing their dreams, but what happens after that? Do we get satisfied? People are never satisfied, us people work hard to get everything we want and what we have defines us and in the long run it will also consume us until we are trapped, fulfillment never comes and then our mind wanders to seek for answers, that’s how Tyler Durden exists in all of us, maybe not the psycho part but an alter ego to act upon what our mind suppressed. This book tells us that it’s okay to not be perfect, to not have everything and to just be angry. Fight Club is an escape, like what I do when I’m reading, it’s exhilarating and liberating.

The first rule of Fight club is you do not talk about Fight Club.

The second rule of Fight club is you do talk about Fight Club.

If someone says “stop” or goes limp, taps out the fight is over.

Only two guys to a fight.

One fight at a time.

No shirts, no shoes.

Fights will go on as long as they have to.

If this is your first night at Fight club, you have to fight.

In a way fight club is still present today, transformed in different means of escape. You’re probably in one of them.

Rating: 4/5


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