Fight club is the invention of Tyler Durden, projectionist, waiter, and dark, anarchic genius, and it’s only the beginning of his plans for violent revenge on an empty consumer-culture world.
This is your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time. ~Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, Chapter 3
This book was one of the few in recent times, that I read in one sitting. Its brilliantly written with short concise prose and language that just hits you. There are so many ideas in one sentence than there are in full chapter of some other books.
Its written in the form of a first person narrative, except it’s more like disjointed thoughts and experiences that connect together by this one thing, Fight Club.
We’re designed to be hunters and we’re in a society of shopping. There’s nothing to kill anymore, there’s nothing to fight, nothing to overcome, nothing to explore. In that societal emasculation, this everyman is created. ~David Fincher, director of Fight Club
The story introduces you to the narrator, who is one of these everymen. He is frustrated with his life and feels helpless in trying to change it. It is at this point that Tyler Durden explodes into his life.
Tyler Durden is one of the most intriguing chracters that I have ever read. He is opinionated, rash and enigmatic. Tyler invents Fight Club to help these men who feel powerless to take control of their lives and to do something, even if it is bashing someone’s head in or getting the crap beaten out of you.
After a night in fight club, everything in the real world gets the volume turned down. Nothing can piss you off. Your word is law, and if other people break that law or question you, even that doesn’t piss you off. ~Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, Chapter 6
One minute was enough, Tyler said, a person had to work hard for it, but a minute of perfection was worth the effort. A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection. ~Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, Chapter 3
“It’s only after you’ve lost everything,” Tyler says, “that you’re free to do anything.” ~Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, Chapter 8
Tyler believes that the complete destruction and anarchy was the only way to clean up the mess he felt that we, as a society had made.
I wanted to burn the Louvre. I’d do the Elgin Marbles with a sledgehammer and wipe my ass with the Mona Lisa. This is my world, now. This is my world, my world, and those ancient people are dead. ~Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, Chapter 16
A sort of fun explosive is potassium permanganate mixed with powdered sugar. The idea is to mix one ingredient that will burn very fast with a second ingredient that will supply enough oxygen for that burning. This burns so fast, it’s an explosion. ~Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, Chapter 22
I had far too much fun reading these little tips on making explosives and all the other tools you would need to achieve what Tyler had dreamed. I love the quotable-ness of this book!
The author is unapologetic about the way in which he expresses his opinions. The characters are even less so. I absolutely enjoyed every word that was written in this book, even the afterword. I want to now read Lullaby and possibly Choke, by him.
I am also planning on watching the movie soon. The casting is interesting. I think Brad Pitt would have done Tyler justice and Helena Bonham Carter seems perfect for Marla. I’ve only ever seen Edward Norton properly on Modern Family and possibly, The Illusionist but I don’t really remember him.
This book is about one idea, and it expands it until its breaking point. Tyler Durden is the personification of this idea. I don’t want to say anymore, since I feel that going in blind would be the best approach to this book. All I can say is,this book will stay with you,whether you like it or not. If you read anything, read this. I can’t recommend it enough!
May I never be complete. May I never be content. May I never be perfect. Deliver me, Tyler, from being perfect and complete. ~Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, Chapter 5