Anne-Sophie at UEA

Three years of my life as an EU student of English Literature at the University of East Anglia,England.

Chuck Palahniuk’s ‘Fight Club’

I finally read ‘Fight Club’ and gosh… It was awesome! The novel is full of action and tension, from the first line to the last one, and the twist is great!

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Here are the first lines of ‘Fight Club’:

Tyler gets me a job as a waiter, after that Tyler’s pushing a gun in my mouth and saying, the first step to eternal life is you have to die. For a long time though, Tyler and I were best friends. People are always asking, did I know about Tyler Durden. The barrel of the gun pressed against the back of my throat, Tyler says “We really won’t die.”

I instantly loved the book and was super intrigued. So the novel starts with Tyler and the unnamed protagonist on top of a building. All we know is that they are friends and that Tyler is about to kill the narrator. And then he tells us his story and how they ended up there.

Due to his insomnia, the protagonist goes to his GP who claims that insomnia isn’t suffering. Annoyed, the narrator decides to join different support groups in which he pretends to be seriously ill every night. There, he cries to find relief. However, his plans are disturbed when he meets Marla, a woman who also comes to these meetings and pretends to be ill. Later on, he meets Tyler: together, they create a fight club as psychotherapy.  

“It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”

The strength of the novel isn’t necessarily the story itself (although it’s great and the twist really surprised me) but the narration. The narrator is hilarious. He’s very funny, frank and a bit pathetic — like most of Salinger’s protagonists, especially Holden Caulfield (‘The Catcher in the Rye‘), and Humbert Humbert in ‘Lolita‘.

“Sticking feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken!”

After reading it, I borrowed the film adaptation from the UEA library. It’s brilliant!

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I was slightly worried about it and didn’t think the twist would work that well in the film but it was awesome! The adaptation is very faithful. All of the dialogue is directly taken from the novel, and they also used a narrator in the film (which is why it worked so well).

The protagonist.

The protagonist.

The protagonist in the film was exactly like I imagined (pathetic), while Tyler is this really cool guy who’s in charge of everything. The growing tension also works extremely well!  If you don’t have time for the novel, you should definitely get the film!

“How everything you ever love will reject you or die. Everything you ever create will be thrown away. Everything you’re proud of will end up as trash. I am Ozymandias, king of kings.”

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