Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
A Novel

77%

13 Critic Reviews

This brilliant bit of nihilism succeeds where so many self-described transgressive novels do not: It's dangerous because it's so compelling.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

The first rule about fight club is you don't talk about fight club.


In his debut novel, Chuck Palahniuk showed himself to be his generation's most visionary satirist. Fight Club's estranged narrator leaves his lackluster job when he comes under the thrall of Tyler Durden, an enigmatic young man who holds secret boxing matches in the basement of bars. There two men fight "as long as they have to." A gloriously original work that exposes what is at the core of our modern world.

 

About Chuck Palahniuk

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Chuck Palahniuk is the author of the best-selling novels Fight Club, Survivor, Lullaby, Diary, Rant, Damned, and many other works of fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.
 
Published October 17, 2005 by W. W. Norton & Company. 221 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Fight Club
All: 13 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Good
on May 20 2010

This brilliant bit of nihilism succeeds where so many self-described transgressive novels do not: It's dangerous because it's so compelling.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Aug 25 2008

...the release offers today’s crop of young urban hipsters an opportunity to connect with the voices of a previous decade.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Aug 19 1996

Caustic, outrageous, bleakly funny, violent and always unsettling, Palahniuk's utterly original creation will make even the most jaded reader sit up and take notice.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Mitchell Olson on Apr 10 2012

Ripe with nihility and jaded characters, Fight Club is an amazing read. Although short, Mr. Palahniuk effectively delivered a cult classic.

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Examiner

Below average
Reviewed by Dan Pettit on Jan 31 2012

This was Chuck Palahniuk’s first novel and he did have an excellent premise. His execution was the problem, and this was something that the movie corrected by adding a lot of much needed character development. Honestly, this book reads like a first draft screenplay for the film.

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Examiner

Above average
Reviewed by Elisa Shearer on Jun 08 2010

Fight Club's plot, like those of most of Palahniuk's books, is organized, fast-moving, and satirical. It is hilarious and occasionally disturbing.

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Spinetingler Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by S. MacDonald on Dec 14 2010

I don’t possess the skill to effectively describe how impressed I was with this book the second time around. Especially given the fact that I’m traditionally not a Chuck Palahniuk fan. All in all Fight Club blew away any expectations or preconceptions I may have had and delivered one hell of a story with a little noir in all the right places.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Alexandra456 on Jan 28 2014

Palahniuk’s cynical anti-consumerist, anti-establishment statements are were undeniably shocking to read; Fight Club provides a startling interpretation of reality.

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scott william foley

Good
Reviewed by Scott William Foley on Aug 29 2008

This story is tragic, funny, and captivating. I was instantly engrossed with the characters and the plot. I highly recommend this book if, for no other reason, than to see an author write in an unconventional manner and prove highly successful.

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The Quiet Voice

Below average
on May 29 2012

The characters did not capture me either. The narrator and Marla were flat and at times maudlin, whereas Tyler, while more rounded, still did not leave a serious impression on me.

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The New Canon

Above average
Reviewed by Ted Gioia on Mar 20 2015

Let me be blunt: I don’t find this kind of story titillating—although I’m sure many of Palahniuk's fans are entranced by it. But I do recognize that, behind the exaggerations of fiction, resides a certain true-to-life quality in the personalities depicted here.

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Cym Lowell

Good
Reviewed by Cym on Oct 01 2012

The story begins on top of a building about to be blown-up, with the Tylers standing and watching the destruction. The story itself is a few light years beyond any reality that you or I know, but that is probably reality for multiple-personality people...This is an excellent read, certainly worthy of the acclaim it has attracted across the board.

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Reviewed by Arnold Snyder on Jul 02 2012

Back to the story… You’ll never guess what happens toward the end… There’s a twist ending! Who writes books like this anymore?

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