It follows the experiences of an unnamed protagonist struggling with insomnia Inspired by his doctor s exasperated remark that insomnia is not suffering, the protagonist finds relief by impersonating a seriously ill person in several support groups Then he meets a mysterious man named Tyler Durden and establishes an underground fighting club as radical psychotherapy Bulgarian review below Since I began marching in step with the people who try to earn their daily bread and fruits and vegetables too , I take the subject of the forsaken rank and file employee in a crappy office to heart and it s a sticky subject to me Is there anyone who haven t made the discovery that nothing makes you go off your wits as surely as a job that suffocates you We all dwell in the miniature boxes of our lives and offices so we can successfullBulgarian review below Since I began marching in step with the people who try to earn their daily bread and fruits and vegetables too , I take the subject of the forsaken rank and file employee in a crappy office to heart and it s a sticky subject to me Is there anyone who haven t made the discovery that nothing makes you go off your wits as surely as a job that suffocates you We all dwell in the miniature boxes of our lives and offices so we can successfully squeeze in the petty hole which our dear consumerist society has left for us Yes, that s right in order to buy stuff we don t need with money we don t have to impress people we don t like.Too many human beings live their lives as in a dream They eat, speak, and do whatever they do with the sluggish mechanical movements which suggest a lack of asignificant thought process Same shit, different day, some would say We are all Pavlov s dogs and we just wait for the respective cues to do the next thing for the dayThis is how it is with insomnia Everything is so far away, a copy of a copy of a copy The insomnia distance of everything, you can t touch anything and nothing can touch you Chuck Palahniuk constructs surrealistic metaphors His sarcasm s whip stings you harshly and it smarts Is this who I am Boring life, empty like a shell, meaningless, I get out of bed, I m not quite awake all day long, I go to bed, I hoard, and hoard, and hoard Wherefore And when you push someone up against the wall so tight they can barely hold it together, they just give you the finger and lash against you This is when Tyler appears And Tyler is not like you Tyler pisses over the established order literally and knows what he wants and especially how to get it Fight Club leaves you raw as the knuckles of a hand which has hit something It is the cold shower of the future Of that future when even the sleeping cocoons have realized that something has to changeWe are the middle children of history, raised by television to believe that someday we ll be millionaires and movie stars and rock stars, but we won t And we re just learning this fact, Tyler said So don t fuck with us Our great depression is our life In a world where communication is everything, people have forgotten to talk to each other We ve forgotten to be people We ve forgotten to treat each other as human beings We ve forgotten to do humane things Sometimes though there are some who venture to lift the lid of their reason and check if Schr dinger s cat is still alive in there In some cases it is And its name is Tyler , , ,Same shit, different day,, This is how it is with insomnia Everything is so far away, a copy of a copy of a copy The insomnia distance of everything, you can t touch anything and nothing can touch you We are the middle children of history, raised by television to believe that someday we ll be millionaires and movie stars and rock stars, but we won t And we re just learning this fact, Tyler said So don t fuck with us the first rule of reading fight club is you do not talk about reading fight club.which is a good thing because i honestly have no idea what i read man, this book is W I L D. You do not talk about Fight Club, butUpon winning the Oregon Book Award for best novel and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award, Chuck Palahniuk s visionary debut novel, Fight Club, was shot to the veins of mainstream fiction Following the success of its 1999 film adaptation directed by David Fincher, Fight Club gained cult classic status and has become a disturbingly accurate interpretation of our modern world.The unnamed male narrator, suffering from a long streak of insomni You do not talk about Fight Club, butUpon winning the Oregon Book Award for best novel and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award, Chuck Palahniuk s visionary debut novel, Fight Club, was shot to the veins of mainstream fiction Following the success of its 1999 film adaptation directed by David Fincher, Fight Club gained cult classic status and has become a disturbingly accurate interpretation of our modern world.The unnamed male narrator, suffering from a long streak of insomnia, finds cure by attending cancer support groups But when Marla Singer a sallow, heavy smoking nihilist enters the evening meetings and mirrors his own fraud, his insomnia returns, so he confronts Singer to split schedules with him.On the night when his condominium mysteriously blows up, he calls Tyler Durden, whom he had previously met under strange circumstances on a beach They agree to meet at a bar, where, after drinking, Durden asks him a favor, I want you to hit me as hard as you can The narrator swings the punch that cradled Fight Club into the world Shortly, a multitude of men with white collar jobs join them Every weekend, in the parking lots and basements of bars, they hold these late hour no holds barred and barefisted fights that go on as long as they have to These one on one melees curiously evoke psychotherapeutic effects resembling that of enlightenment within the men they are reborn from their entombed lives.Fight Club soon evolves into Project Mayhem, an anarchic army led by Durden, who seeks to fulfill his visions of global enlightenment through organized chaos, public unrest, and demolition Fight Club is a social satire on the dehumanizing effects of consumerism alienation brought by chronic materialism, illusory comforts, overindulgence, and career and lifestyle obsessions fueled by advertising The modern world is for business not for the people, as what the great psychoanalyst Carl Jung said It s only after you ve lost everything that you re free to do anything Skillfully fusing Zen elements with Durden s extremist ideologies, Palahniuk has written a provocative expression of metaphysical rebellion The collective revolt against the existential vacuum is Durden s nucleus and what draws men toward him Fight Club s noir ambience and the solid economy of its prose are reminiscent of Albert Camus s The Stranger, but with the sharp nonlinear narration executing its plot inheriting Kurt Vonnegut s dark humor, Chuck Palahniuk is among today s distinct and intriguing voices Mary Ann Evans, in the 1850s, spoke out against the notion that lady novelists were capable of producing only silly novels precious, sentimental, illogical and improbable claptrap while men produced high literature She changed her name to George Eliot and wrote as a gender neutral narrator, highly educated and worldly, and mostly transparent i.e., not silly.The 1990s finds us again at a crossroads where literature is concerned, with the rise of Oprah s book club and the whole genre Mary Ann Evans, in the 1850s, spoke out against the notion that lady novelists were capable of producing only silly novels precious, sentimental, illogical and improbable claptrap while men produced high literature She changed her name to George Eliot and wrote as a gender neutral narrator, highly educated and worldly, and mostly transparent i.e., not silly.The 1990s finds us again at a crossroads where literature is concerned, with the rise of Oprah s book club and the whole genre of chick lit on the one hand in many cases just silly novels by lady novelists revivified , and a sort of phallic anxiety heavy on the masculine literature on the other This second group, I like to call guy crap It s not a bad label there s some good stuff in guy crap, just like there is on Oprah s book list Guy crap includes genre fiction Dennis Lehane, Jonathan Lethem , as well as insistent intellectualism David Foster Wallace, Martin Amis, Paul Auster and, of course, the violent, psych you out, latter day Robbe Grillet disturbances of Bret Easton Ellis and Chuck Palahniuk Some of these are done well, and some of them are just as silly as the lady novelists claptrap Fight Club is one of those novels where the unrelenting GUY ness of narrator and storyline begins as an intriguing challenge and ends up fatiguing and gimmicky In case there s anyone out here who hasn t either read the book or seen the movie, I won t spoil anything, I promise It s a book about a bunch of young men, frustrated in their low on the ladder white collar day jobs and the emptiness of modern society, who meet routinely to pound each other close to death and plot destruction on a less personal scale The novel is Palahniuk s testament to the counter culture of yuppiedom, a world in which squalor and presentability, upward mobility and civil disobedience, live side by side and take each other s measure daily Palahniuk asks pointed questions about the world we live in, and his prose is the strength of this novel he keeps you interested, even when you realize how much you hate what he s saying.And you should hate what Palahniuk is saying Because at the heart of the novel sits a troubled foundation It s not the acts of juvenile, for the most part sociopathy, or even the ultimate real pathology the characters fall into What you should hate as or after you read is the book s central three part idea, that a the disaffected youth of the video game generation really do hold the truth about society b society in turn is nothing but a reflection of the video game generation s disaffected world view and c once a disaffected youth of the video game generation, always a disaffected youth of the video game generation there is no improvement, there is no connection, there is no healing, there is no out, because boys never grow up Even the support group conceit that could represent the narrator s redemptive attempt at relation turns out to be just a device, as egotistical for the character as it is ultimately for the storyline Relation between people doesn t exist, not really you don t talk about fight club We re all just wandering bruised through the wasted LCD landscape, staking out our independence like rebel teenagers, promising to blow up whatever we disagree with.Palahniuk has said he wrote this book as a kind of provocation, to get back at a publisher for turning down his earlier manuscript I wonder if he peed in the publisher s soup, too it wouldn t altogether surprise me