Chuck Palahniuk Fight Club Book Review

Fight Club Book Review

Few words:

If you’ve watched the movie, read the book. Read the book even if you haven’t watched the movie. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk it’s a must-read. A true 5-star book. It represents our current culture, our struggles, the false believes we are so obsessed with, in a dramatic way. I am sure that by the end of the book you will have a different perspective on your current possessions.


Short Profile

Title: Fight Club
Author: Chuck Palahniuk
Year:  10/17/2005
Length: 218 pages
Genre: Novel, Fiction, Classic
Short Description: Real and compelling from the very start. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk is an astonishing piece of art about a person trying to find his life goal in a very strange way. Book, you should definitely read.
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A story, about an average American, doing his best to stay sane in this busy world. While visiting support groups for cancer patients, and other similar types of self-help groups, the unnamed protagonist struggling with insomnia, finds peace in the tragedy of other people.

Soon, this is not enough, and local meetups are started. Young men, with different backgrounds, are gathering in cold basements to fight each other barehanded for as long as they have to. Soon, this radicle idea to unwind spreads across hundreds of others, who are looking for a way to unplug from the real world and find meaning in their lives.


My Opinion

Although I don’t read many novels, I decided I should give it a try, mainly, because I’ve read exceptional reviews about this particular book and the writing of Mr. Palahniuk.

I took me exactly 6 hours to finish Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk from start to finish. The feeling after reading it – exceptional, inspirational, real. You can find so many real-life resemblances. Actually, you will often feel that the author speaks about your own life. At least, that what I felt in certain pages.

In a nutshell, I can describe the book as follows: don’t fall into the prison of your own possessions, value what you have and fight for what you want from life.

Fight Club is an exceptional, and an incredibly strong novel, about finding your true self and pursuing your real desires. I can’t recommend it enough. You simply have to read it.


Key Takeaways:

Here are some of the most insightful things I would really like to remember from this book:


Prisoner of your own Things

It takes so much time, effort, money to design the perfect home, buy the nicest clothes and when you finally think you have everything ready for the rest of your life, there is always that “one thing” missing.

“Yes, I have a great apartment, but only if I had the newest dining table from the latest catalog. Only then, my life will be flawless.” ; “I have a decent amount of jeans, but I really need a new pair. Only then, I can ask Jessica out on a date.”

We reach a point in our lives where our actions are determined by our possessions, not the contrary, which should be true. Even if we have “everything”, we became prisoners of our own stuff. We search for even more things that will eventually “complete” our lives, however, this is rarely the case. Finally, we get sucked into a never-ending circle of “wanting more stuff” and these two things became our reason to live:

  1. Maintaining a high-class living.
  2. Getting the newest and coolest products.

With all that social pressure in the face of Facebook and other similar platforms, breaking the circle is hard. Still, we should do our best to feel happiness by fewer possessions.


Losing everything sets you free

Only when you have lost everything,” says Tyler, “you are free to do everything” Tyler Durden

How true is that?

Often, we get way too comfortable with ourselves, life, job, people we meet, places we go, which leads to boredom. If we are pretty ok with how lives treat us, we tend to find new things to be dissatisfied from and new stuff we “absolutely need” to be happy (the above point). Letting go is probably something everybody needs, in order to feel alive again.

I am sure all of you had something, or someone, who you eventually lost in some way. Either a breakup or a tragic event. And only at that point, you truly appreciated that someone and saw, what joy this person brought along. Is that true for you? For me it is and I often take for granted the things and the people that are part of my life.

Is that true for you? For me it is and I often take for granted the things and the people that are part of my life. Which is very strange. We are a very strange breed. We are only capable of finding real value in things, and other people, when we lose them. Of course, this is an extremely wrong way of thinking and hard to abandon, but definitely something we should try to improve in some way.


You are what you do

You are not your profession. You are not your family and you are not the one you think you are. You’re not your problems. You’re not your age. You’re not your hopes. One day we will all die!” The Мechanic

As the author says, we aren’t anything of the above. I cannot know what exactly he meant, but if you ask me, we are these three things:

  1. What we do.
  2. How we treat others.
  3. How we respond to what is happening around us.

You may be a well-known neurosurgeon, lawyer or a manager of a team, but you can still be an asshole and treat others like shit. The only reason you still exist, is because you either cure people, from some sort of a disease, or, simply because you are the owner of your own company and you surely won’t fire your own ass. Still, that doesn’t make you a valuable person.

On a contrary to the above, you may be poor, strange and little-known average person, but still, loved by hundreds. Money, don’t make you likable. You make yourself likable. Our daily actions are forming us as people. You choose what and who to be, not your job, parents or the people around you.


Devote your life to something

Defining your true values are the cornerstone for finding the true meaning of your life.

Finding meaning in life is often not so obvious. Some of us spend years searching and often die before actually figuring out what exactly they were “made” for.

First, lay down your values. Laying down your values is a better place to start. You can speak with yourself and find out what stuff you enjoy doing and what other things you absolutely hate. Once you outline those, you have a pretty good starting point.

If you want to make the world a better place and cure as many people as possible, you don’t necessarily have to be a doctor to do so, you may end up being an explorer, a traveler, visiting different countries and helping the local population live a better life. Think about different options, you don’t know what might happen unless you try.


What do you want to be when you grow up?

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Trivial question, something we get asked quite often when we are young and fragile. Still, very few actually know the right answer for themselves.

What will it happen if we are forced to commit to something? Not from our parents or our friends, but from death. What if we have the following choices: either pursue to become what you always wanted, or die. It really does sound devastating, but if you think about it, it’s our current way of life.

Some people spend their entire lives mastering a specific craft, others, waste their time on earth watching television. The first group of people finds happiness in what they do. The second finds comfort in laziness and a mediocre lifestyle full with complaints about what they don’t have.

Finding your passion and setting clear goals is the main idea of every self-help book out there. However, most of us aren’t motivated enough to pursue what we really want, thus we end up scrolling for more “valuable” information on social media. Why? Because we have alternatives. We already earn some cash, have a place to live (even if might be with our parents) and own entertainment system in the face of TV and smartphone. “Why bother doing more work, learning another language, starting a business? I am already doing enough?”

On the other hand, if you live in a shelter, have no money, no place to go, going up is the only rational way to go.


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  • Adam Jones

    Amazing book and amazing review. I love your site. Keep up the good work!

    • Ivaylo Durmonski

      Thank you! It really means a lot.

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