Next Up: ‘Fight Club’

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

  • Date began: Jan. 3, 2012
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Project: n/a
  • Reading List: Winter 2011-12
  • Got it: This is actually one of Joel’s books!
  • Why I picked it up: I’ve always wanted to read Palahniuk, so this is my first. Like everyone else under 30, I’ve also seen the movie starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton (thus the entire book is narrated in Norton’s flat, droll voice), and so I wanted to complete the coolness factor and read the book too. The only downside to this is I know how it ends (and we all know, Fight Club comes with a major surprise).
  • Back of the book: 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 after-hours 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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