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Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Meet the protagonist a thirty-year-old insurance investigator with serious mental issues, insomnia, a newly blown up condo on the fifteenth floor and a friend named Tyler Durden. This man, a standard office worker, a slave to the Ikea post order-catalog, is left with no choice when his apartment becomes nothing but a concrete shell in a high-rise building, and he has to call the only man he knows to ask for a place to stay. He moves in with the mysterious man named Tyler, to a run down wooden house in an area full of factories on Paper Street.

After a series of events the two men found ‘Fight Club’, a secret society, that exist only on night a week in the basement of a bar, where young men can set themselves free by fighting each other bare-knuckled. They produce top of the line soap made from stolen human fat to earn their rent and found another underground organization with a purpose of doing the human race a favor by inflicting mayhem on the modern, materialistic society.

And saying all this without mentioning Marla Singer, a young woman with her own (not so) little problems, who creates a kind of love triangle between her and the two men, would not be describing the plot of this extremely original, mentally shocking book properly. The three characters mentioned above are also the only characters in the book that actually have a personality. The identities and personalities of these characters, on the other hand, are alone a subject one could write a book about. Tyler is frighteningly mysterious and intelligent in his own destructive way, with his own philosophy of life.

The unnamed narrator in the book, which I just named Jack, is, on the other hand, very different from the infinitely self-confident Tyler. He is in fact very insecure, but his personality is obviously not as well described in the book due to the fact that he is the narrator. The story is based in today’s America in an unknown city. The environment in the book is often described in a very dark and depressing way, but the descriptions are mostly very simple, as the author has put a much larger effort in describing the thoughts of the narrator.

The language used in the book is a mixture of very civilized English and slang, in both the dialogues and the narrator’s thoughts, and it is not very heavy to read. What the author wanted to say with this book could be discussed for days, but one point of view can be that he wanted to describe the “dark side” of today’s society and the inside of a twisted mind. There were some differences between the motion picture and the book, although the main plot stays largely the same.

The movie happens to be one of my favorites of all time, I consider it a masterpiece, and I have watched it at least half a dozen times, so the differences were very obvious to me, as I noticed them instantly because I know the movie by heart. In the movie there were a few parts that were cut out, a few changed to make the story easier to comprehend (e. g. the ending, which the writer actually found better than the one in his novel), and some added ideas and scenes to keep the pace and interest up.

I consider these changes not to be mistakes from the filmmakers, as I think the movie was even more mind-boggling and awing than the book, saying this with no negative intonation against the book whatsoever. This book will make you laugh, still being extremely serious. It will keep you awake at night just to keep reading because you can’t wait to see what happens on the next page even though you already know it, which is why I would recommend this to anyone interested in a short but entertaining read.