Why you should read Fight Club right now!
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There’s a chance you’ve seen, or at least heard of Fight Club from David Fincher’s epic cinematic effort but that only scratches the surface of Chuck Palahniuk’s dystopian musings on our modern world. Of course, I’m breaking the first rule: I’m talking about Fight Club, the dark and satirical takedown of greed, consumerism and masculinity on the verge of the new millennium, that carries themes that almost seem more relevant in 2016. Released 20 years ago last week, Fight Club is a post-modern masterpiece that stands strong even in the face of David Fincher’s exceptional adaptation. Entwining themes of masculinity and capitalism; Palahniuk’s writing flows as a stream of consciousness through a nameless insomniac with a grudge against modern society. Through the lens of this unreliable narrator, we are shown a vision of society as it now stands – feminised, weak, isolated. That is until Tyler Durden comes along. The two protagonists concoct a series of terroristic events to take back their masculinity, to destroy consumerism, and to wreak havoc on capitalist culture as we know it.However, ‘Project Mayhem’slowly spirals out of control – with Tyler taking things too far for our average joe Narrator. ‘Fight Clubs’ rule the underground, the wealthy pay for their own liposuction-ed fat back, and society at large is deconstructed one Ikea flat pack at a time. The narrative is short, snappy, and loose – an expert example of minimalist prose. Palahniuk’s skill at penning rich philosophical ideas into seemingly random passages is refreshingly unique, and leaves room for as many varied interpretations as there are perfectly quotable lines. The Tyler-Narrator bread crumbs are a joy to discover, and traversing the fractured mind set of our protagonist holds a new sense of meaning when you dive into it first-hand. But why should you read it today? With the American Dream as dead as ever – Fight Club holds as much relevance as it did 20 years ago.
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