Next week I am studying FIGHT CLUB by Chuck Palahniuk and I thought I would be a good student and get ahead with my reading, so I started reading it at about 2pm and ever since the first chapter I was hooked. Captivated even, wow it is definitely a page turner. I read it while walking to lectures, waiting for my lectures and seminars, while cooking and while eating. I really could not put it down. I finished the book at 11.30pm. It was one of those books where your life has to be put on hold, so you can completely emerge yourself within the narrative.
Below is a brief description on the text… (which belongs to Amazon)
Every weekend, in basements and parking lots across the country, young men with good white-collar jobs and absent fathers take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded for as long as they have to. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything. Fight Club is the invention of Tyler Durden, projectionist, waiter and dark, anarchic genius. And it’s only the beginning of his plans for revenge on a world where cancer support groups have the corner on human warmth.
I just love a good book that leaves you both satisfied and perplexed. I absolutely love books that makes to really think and question everything. I do not want to write too much because 1. I don’t want to give anything away and 2. ‘You don’t talk about fight club’ (I have already become nerdy about this book, oh my! I promise you will understand that soon if you pick up the book). Just know that this book will mesmerises you with the use of direct address, which works wonderfully within this paradoxical narrative.
I have recently been learning about Freud’s psychoanalytical theory when studying Wuthering Heights and I think that Taylor Durden represents the Id so well. Basically if you do not know, the Id is the impulsive and unconscious part of our psyche, which responds directly and immediately to the instincts. This character is so complex, he is a zealous character who with declaration manages to portray such passion and eagerness that he also manages to talk you into a plan. He is like the little devil that sits on your left shoulder and convinces you that bad things are good.
“hypnotic, pitiless and told brilliantly”
Bret Easton Ellis
A few of my favourite quotes were…
“You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everyone else, and we are all part of the same compost pile.”
‘We don’t have a great war in our generation, or a great depression, but we do, we have a great war of the spirit. We have a great revolution against the culture. The great depression is our lives. We have a spiritual depression.’
I adore the way in which Palahniuk created an immeasurable amount of tension through his raw and stripped back language, it really enchanted me. I felt both scared and excited. I was fully emerged within the novel and although I have heard that this is masculine novel, I completely disagree, yes it was about blood, violence, the truth behind civilization, consumerism and dependency on a father figure. But this did not restrict me from throwing myself into the novel and fully experiencing the traumatic journey, it just made me question; who am I? What does this mean? The clever thing about this novel is that they characters are not just fighting because they want to, they have to, it was there way to gain control in order to fulfill desire without relying society to do it.
I heard about this book and the film for years and I seriously regret not reading it sooner because it is incredible. If you have not read it, go check it out, give it a go. If you have read it, please comment below your thoughts and feelings on it.
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I would rate this book 5 out of 5.