Review: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk


Too much testosterone.

Fight Club has been my second Palahniuk read. So far, there’s one thing I’ve noticed: It’s either he loves putting sexual element to his books or he’s just pretty horny. You decide.

So if you’re not familiar about the book or the movie, which I highly doubt, I’ll give you a hint. It revolves around the struggle of insomnia—both the concept and process of insanity. And it follows an all male club, more like a cult, called Fight Club. And as if this isn’t obvious enough, they fight.

Emasculation is one of the main issues portrayed in this novel. To be called a man, now heavily relies on the material wealth he owns and the recurrent goal, which was to acquire a good job with a good salary, get a wife, and have kids. Also the book tackles the presence of women, as said, “We’re a generation of men raised by women. I’m wondering if another woman is really the answer we need.” It is believed that due to the absent of father figures, men started accepting their said role in the society.

That’s where the fighting comes in. For men, Fight Club is a form of both refusal and redemption of the norm established by generations, their jobs, and mass media.

But I consider this both superficial and insincere. Maybe because I’m not part of the target audience. I think that Fight Club and/or Project Mayhem did not solve anything. It could be considered as a temporary treatment but not a cure. The same problem circulates and is repeated, even evolves. But then what? The solution to all of this was disregarded. Also the writing was so fucked up that it felt distant and impersonal.

It was better of as a movie.


Do I like it: Not for me

Recommended to: To people who make soaps

(Fully Booked, Hardcover, P 748)

Below are information about this book.

Publication: May 14th 2013 by William Morrow

From Goodreads:

The first rule about fight club is you don’t talk about fight club.

In his debut novel, Chuck Palahniuk showed himself to be his generation’s most visionary satirist. Fight Club’s estranged narrator leaves his lackluster job when he comes under the thrall of Tyler Durden, an enigmatic young man who holds secret boxing matches in the basement of bars. There two men fight “as long as they have to.” A gloriously original work that exposes what is at the core of our modern world.


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