14 journalers for this copy...
This book digs up some interesting ideas that I'll have to think about for a while. The comments on perfection and how the main character's (is he even named?) life was "too perfect" reminded me of a story I once read that said perfect people stay still all the time, because if they move something would be out of place and they would no longer be perfect. How many people right now do that with their lives?
This book never got to the point where I forgot about the movie, but there still was suspense and some surprises. I probably wouldn't have read this if it weren't for the movie, but then, I almost didn't watch the movie. I saw it on cable because someone whose opinion I trust told me it wasn't as bad as the trailers made it look.
Overall, I would recommend this, and I plan to be on the lookout for more books by this author.
This the "final" order:
baaic (Iowa City, IA)
fio-dagua (Portugal) - here
kalipriestess (Tallahassee, FL)
salinger007 (Spartanburg, South Carolina)
fushmush (Australia, temp placement: if anyone is willing to ship to Austrailia let me know please)
You don't have to be willing to ship to Austrailia to be a part of this bookray, but you will be considered to be after fushmush on the list if you aren't. If no one PMs me that they are willing to ship to fushmush by the time this gets back to the States, I'll put out a call on the forums and e-mail group.
Still, Tyler Durden taps into something for us dudes. My wife reports that Fight Club (the movie) gets an extremely positive response from the boys in her American Values class, but doesn't go over so well with the women. I wonder how the boys would feel reading the book. I was surprised at how well the movie caught the ideas of the book, but seemed to minimize the impact of the fighting, the devastation and self-destruction.
Something to chew on. The next recipient is purportedly on vacation, so it may be a little while before we see the next entry.
I am Joe's migraine headache.
I was reading it outside--the part about the club mechanic, as a guy worked on his little egg car, across the street.
I have an ear infection I think, and a headache. I know how this guy feels. I don't want to be stuck in some dead-end corporate job. But, none of us do, I suppose.
In the movie Salvador James Woods gets in a fight, and he pulls out a knife. I wish he would have started stabbing himself, this would scare the assalant away. I know FC's main character would do it.
Poor Marla, she has such a little part so far. This is a male-driven story. But I love men. I wish them more personal power. I've noticed that in school the men are quite happy letting the women do all the talking in lectures. I wonder why this is. Is this envoronment not safefor their ideas? Or are they just taking it in, to mentally lambast us for sillyness and stupid ideas? This isn't what I'm getting from the book, it's just what I wanted to say.
I'm nearly finished with the book. I have a favorite quote:
"She never dreamed she could feel so 'smarvelous. She actually felt alive....There was no real sense of life because she had nothing to contrast with it. Oh, but now there was dying and death and loss and grief."
'smarvelous---I'm going to start saying that.
We are let in on the "secret" much earlier in the book, but that's okay. A few things are different--the main character is the waiter, the ending is different. There seems to have been a dispute with some friends of mine about the ending...is he dead or is he in a mental institute? I think the later, but it's open to interpretation. My boyfriend says that a few years ago his friends were raving about the movie..."what a great idea!" they said. Then he challenged then to a fight, no one would do it. He doesn't understand why, if they thought it was so cool, and had agreed with the frustration and hopelessness of the characters--the philosophy. He offered a five minute, boxing glove fight. In the end, one dude said he would, but my BF said that if non one else was into it, they wouldn't pull them off each other if it got too weird. I'd have done it, if I were there. But, I'm crazy. Instead, they went on to passively-agressively destroy their friendships as the weight of student-loans, and a poor ecomony that had a law-grad working in local grocery co-op.
This book is being mailed to Kernow8, the next leg on this ray. Wishing you sunshine and happy reading! (Enjoy the envelope!)
I have just started another book, should have finished it within a few days then this one's next - and I'm looking forward to it!
Of course, the book is more than the movie - although in parts it feels like reading a screenplay. There are lots of bits of the book that I can't remember from the movie though. And the writing is excellent - so sparse (I was amazed at how slim the book is) and yet so rich and with some amazing figurative language.
The journal picture is of some home-made soap I bought a few weeks ago for my daughter at a local farmer's market. We haven't started using it yet, and for some reason I feel a bit squeamish about it now...
Although the book was still an excellent read, I do wish I'd read it before seeing the movie - it would have been interesting to see how gripping it became as the plot developed (it lacks a bit of suspense when you essentially know the story already!). I thought the most interesting concept was that the desperation that led the space monkeys to fight club and ultimately Project Mayhem was not caused by poverty or repression but by a desire to get away from the pointlessness of day to day life. "Generations have been working in jobs they hate, just so they can buy what they don't really need." Frightening stuff as it is so true - there are millions of people looking for meaning in their lives.
Update - sent today (August 29th) to dawni.
LOVE the envelope, BTW... very creative! I'll definitely reuse it when I mail it out to the next person on the list... it's too cool to waste! I'm a bit confused by the note inside, though, from ellymae58... she's not on this bookray (as far as I can see), so I'm not sure how her note got into the book! It's a BookCrossing mystery...
I'll be sending this off to jazzy7112 just as soon as I get her address.
The good news is that the book is intacted and in good nick. Will journal again when I have read it.
Another trip to the post-office!
I'm looking forward to reading this book and will start it as soon as i'm done with The Baron in the Trees.
(...) My tiny life. My little shit job. My Sweedish furniture. I never, no, never told anyone this, but before I met Tyler, I was planning to buy a dog and name it "Entourage".
This is how bad your life can get. (...)
Mailing this to fio-dagua today.
I've re-used talkland's envelope and hopefully made it strong enough to last for a few more trips. Also I've given the book a "jacket" as it's starting to show some signs of having travelled so much.
Thanks again for sharing :)
i realize this envelope has a history, so i´ll keep it safe untill its next journey!
thanks a lot! =)
I'll read it as soon as possible.
Thanks 4 sharing.
Waiting for an address from Kalipriestess, and then I shall have it out lickety split, faster than a speeding bullet, and other such terms.
Again, sorry for the horrible delay and mix-up. Hope it at least gets through the post office quickly.
Sent to Salinger007
" 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...so don't f*** with us." I LOVE his passion! Even if it is misguided, its passion d*** it! This story is a great reminder of how lacking passion is in our society. Maybe, we are not lacking passion, but instead we spend all of our time looking for something to feel passionate about? I agree with CrazyPooka about the ending, I too believe that he is in a mental hospital. I'm glad it is open for a little interpretation, though. It makes this book even more enchanting.
As for the physical book itself, its looking pretty rough. It is in three parts. Pages 1-85, are one part that is totally out of the binding, as are pages 193-203. Page 109 is ripped down the middle because the pages were stuck together and as I pried them apart they ripped. I plan on going to a few used bookstores over the weekend. If I can find a copy, I will throw this one away and put the BCID in the newer one. If I can't find a copy, I'll doctor this one up as best I can. Regardless, it will be on its way to Tootshelling Monday morning.