Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
My Rating: 5 stars
Fight Club follows an unnamed main character, who suffers from insomnia because of jet lag from frequent business trips he takes around the country. The Narrator’s doctor tells him to go to various support groups to see what “real suffering is like”. He finds that sharing the problems of others at the support groups helps him with his insomnia. At these groups, he meets Marla Singer, who he is afraid knows that he is a “faker”. During a flight home from a business trip, the Narrator meets Tyler Durden, and after his apartment is destroyed, must live at Tyler’s house. Together, they create “Fight Club” which was inspired by Tyler asking the Narrator to “hit him as hard as he can”. Fight Club is based on a very important series of rules, but the most prominent one is “you don’t talk about Fight Club”. From this, “Project Mayhem” is formed, as a cult-like organization to bring down modern civilization. The Narrator learns more about himself through Tyler than ever before.
Once again, I was totally confused when I started reading this book. The first half doesn’t make much sense, just like Palahniuk’s other book, Invisible Monsters. I was actually going to give up on Fight Club. But I kept reminding myself about how amazing Invisible Monsters is and how much I love it, even though it made no sense in the beginning too. So, I continued reading. And, once again, by the end of this book everything made sense. The end of Fight Club is absolutely fantastic, mind-blowing and totally unexpected. Palahniuk never disappoints, does he? I would love to know where he gets all of his ideas. Fight Club is definitely one of my favorite novels, and I can’t wait to read more books by Chuck Palahniuk.