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Fight Club: A Novel
by Chuck Palahniuk
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PublisherW. W. Norton
Release Date2005-10-03 (added to CC 24 May 2009)
Amazon Sales Rank1,122
The first rule about fight club is you don't talk about fight club. Chuck Palahniuk's outrageous and startling debut novel that exploded American literature and spawned a movement. Every weekend, in the basements and parking lots of bars across the country, young men with white-collar jobs and failed lives take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded just 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 violent revenge on an empty consumer-culture world.

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(25 May 2015)
I thought it started a bit pretentious and slow, but the last 50 pages really made up for it. I have successfully avoided the twist for about 15 years and I loved it.
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(15 Sep 2004)
Ah, Fight Club. Everyone's favorite introdction to the twisted world of Chuck Palahniuk. I personally love this book—it's not as "shocking" as some of his others, which I like, and it has a great plot and wonderful characters. I've never seen the movie, but I doubt it can be as good as the book—yes, even though it has Brad Pitt in it. In conclusion, if you're even this slightest bit crazy you'll love this book. Highly recommended!
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