BOOK OF THE DAY:
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
The first rule about fight club is you don’t talk about fight club.
Fight Club is Chuck Palahniuk’s first novel and his most coveted. The style of writing is straightforward and simple, which plays on its edges, its raw language and explicitly presentation.
The main character’s name is never revealed. From the beginning, we are told that he hates his life and his job. He is the every man living in a vicious cycle of superficiality, and consumerism which weighs heavily on his soul. His problem with his reality becomes one of a nihilistic nature. He can’t find meaning in his life or job, even in the material world. His skepticism provides a void, rather than food for thought.
This is where Palahniuk’s writing becomes interesting. He is able to infiltrate your mind and question yourself in the most uncomfortable ways. Why am I working here? Why are people devoid of meaning and filled with superficiality? Am I carbon copy of my father? Is this really enough? Am I enough? Am I a useless waste of space?
When he meets Tyler Durden, his world is literally hit with meaning. Durden’s way of life and philosophy of establishing meaning in pain in an underground cult-world of violence gives the narrator a satisfaction, which eventually turns into a mind-stabbing illusion. He discovers the flaws in Durden’s fundamentals stemming in human nature.
There is a sense of urgency to rebel against oneself before even rebelling against society. Its mocking and violent nature hit hard, there is no way out of the mind. “Losing all hope was freedom”, and “everything is falling apart.” He finally realizes he is mad. Palahniuk’s true genius is in full force because he gives one of the most cliche themes, finding beauty in destruction, a multi-dimensional meaning gushing with philosophical satire. Finding meaning in destruction is seductive when poetic justice is achieved, which it is in this case.
Read excerpts from the novel here! Get the book here!
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