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Book Review: Fight Club

By: Allyssa Johnson/Co-Editor in Chief

You may know the movie “Fight Club,” but did you know it was originally a book?

Fight Club tells the story of the “Narrator’s” peculiar life. Sleep deprivation seems to be taking over, and he has had enough. He looks to the doctor for help, but the doctor just recommends he attend a support group for those affected by testicular cancer. After attending, he is finally able to sleep, but he develops what some might call an addiction to attending support groups. That’s where he meets Marla, the Narrator’s troubled love interest. After being assigned to travel for work, the Narrator meets Tyler Durden, a carefree man who makes and sells soap. After a tragic accident, the Narrator is left homeless. He calls Tyler, who invites the Narrator to live in his condemned house. The two become close friends and go into the soap making business together, but at night they participate in their “secret” club. Their club takes off and mischief soon follows.

One of the major themes in this story is identity. Although the “Narrator” is not identified more specifically than this generic term, his identity takes shape under Tyler’s tutelage. Tyler tells him, “You are not your job, you’re not how much money you have in the bank. You are not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet,” inspiring the Narrator to look at the world differently.

I highly recommend this book to readers who love to read action, or a book that will leave you confused until the very end. It’s a mature book, with some characters who have questionable morals.

If you read it, be sure to compare it to the movie!

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