“Fight Club” is a savage story that acts as commentary on the oppressive nature of working for corporate America and living up to what mainstream society considers a “complete life.” This book will hit close to home for anyone who has ever felt consumed by the pressure to build the “right kind of life.” Critics have said it’s written for men, but in an article by The Guardian, author Chuck Palahniuk says, “It was more about the terror that you were going to live or die without understanding anything important about yourself.”
In the book, the unnamed narrator hates his Swedish furniture. He hates his clever art. He hates his complete life. He hates the individually-wrapped butter on airplanes. Then, enter another of the book’s character’s, Tyler Durden. He’s courageous, smart, funny, charming, forceful, and turns our narrator’s life upside down. He creates Fight Club as an outlet to escape day-to-day expectations. He forces us to look at the reality of modern masculinity and the absence of meaning in our lives.
I’ve read a few other books by Palahniuk (“Choke,” “Snuff,” and “Diary”), and this is arguably one of his best. “Fight Club” was his first published novel and it is just as dark and raucous as his others. If you’ve read “Fight Club,” let me know what you think. And as always, don’t just watch the movie!