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I am Joe's astounded brain. Oh my God. What a great book! I know a lot of reviews have lumped Palahniuk with JG Ballard, and having read Super-Cannes, I can see why. Both books run along pretty much the same lines, although Fight Club has that weird twist to it lacking in Ballard's work. Now I am a confirmed Palahniuk fan and some bookstore somewhere is going to get an order for every one of his books.
The basic plot runs along these lines:
We never learn the name of the narrator, but we learn a lot about him. He has what most people would consider to be a good job, lives in a condo filled with furniture from IKEA, has a pretty much average life. Well, maybe not so average...he sees a doctor who tells him that to cure himself of feeling so low and to get over his constant insomnia, he should visit support groups for people with different diseases. So off he goes, making the rounds of support groups of everything from testicular cancer to brain parasites. However, at one meeting of the testicular cancer group, he meets Marla. He knows she's a fake, she knows he's a fake and she's there pretty much for the same reasons as himself, but it ruins the whole thing for our narrator, who says he can't cry while she's there. While on another one of his unceasing business trips (he works for a company which figures out if it's better to do recalls for cars or just settle), he meets Tyler Durden. They strike up a conversation, and our narrator learns that Tyler is a projectionist, is a waiter for private parties & has a different outlook on life. Then one day, the narrator comes back from a business trip to find that his condo has blown up and that everything is gone. He meets Tyler in a bar, and afterwards, goes to live with him in what one reviewer of this novel called a "crack house reject." The only condition for sharing the house with Tyler is that our narrator has to hit him as hard as he can. And thus thereafter, Tyler forms the Fight Club, where men can come, fight other men and feel what it's really like to be alive. At least, that's how it starts out. I can't tell you much more or I'll wreck it.
You must read this book. You don't have to go off the deep end and claim it for your "bible" as some reviewers have, but it is great. I haven't seen the movie yet, but buying it is on my list of things to do today.
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