#Blogmas Day 21: Book Review – Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I know you probably hate me for saying this, but I wasn’t a huge fan of this book.

Book CWs: For a list of content/trigger warnings, tropes, and representation found in this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com!

Premise (from Goodreads)

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. 

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Review (No Spoilers)

Over two years ago, Rob and I created a list of movies to watch. This consisted of movies that either he liked and I had never seen, or that I liked and he had never seen. Fight Club was on that list from pretty much the beginning. Though Fight Club was a popular movie back in the day, I only really knew three things about it:

  • Brad Pitt was in it
  • It somehow revolved around a bunch of dudes who would get together and beat each other up
  • The twist ending

I didn’t even know it was based off of a book until Rob and I moved in together and he brought his books over.

I read Fight Club one, because Rob wanted me to, and two, because Readathin had a prompt to read a book and then watch its adaptation. Unfortunately for Rob, I didn’t particularly like either one.

I’m not a big fan of books that make a point of being confusing, and I felt like that’s what Fight Club was trying to do from the get go. Relying heavily on the unreliable narrator trope, it’s written in a way that’s hard to understand and when Rob would ask me what has happened so far in the book, I would tell him what I remembered followed by, “and then there’s a bunch of stuff I don’t understand”. A part of me wonders if I would have enjoyed this novel more if I went in knowing nothing about it. I fear that I created an unrealistic idea of what it was supposed to be rather than what it was and couldn’t assimilate the two.

Something I definitely can’t deny, though, was that this book managed to take one small concept (of a fight club) and turn it into so much more. While I knew the big twist long before discovering the existence of this book, I had no idea that the plot wasn’t solely about the creation of a fight club. The intensity and absurdity about what was happening to these characters was what kept me flipping page after page, despite the confusion I was feeling.

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