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Fight Club

Fight Club (1996) is the first published novel by Chuck Palahniuk, in which an unnamed protagonist struggles with the commercialization of American culture and male disenfranchisement through fighting. A reissued version of it was published in 2004 that begins with an introduction by the author which talks about the conception and popularity of the novel.

Fight Club (1999) is a movie based on this book. It is directed by David Fincher, starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter, and features an original soundtrack by the Dust Brothers. 

As of June 23, 2004 Fight Club is in development as a musical, developed by Palahniuk and Fincher.

Table of contents
1 Synopsis
2 Characters
3 Awards
4 Technical data (film)
5 ISBN numbers
6 See also
7 External links

Synopsis

Warning: Plot details follow.

Both the book and the film centre around a nameless protagonist (named in publicity for the movie as 'Jack') who hates his job and is addicted to support groups. Faking dying of terminal disease is the only way that 'Jack' has of relieving his chronic insomnia.

'Jack' works for an unnamed car company, organising recalls on defective models if and only if the cost of the recall is less than the total cost of out-of-court settlements paid to relatives of the deceased. This parallels the 1970s story of Ford Pinto recalls.

His life changes when he meets Tyler Durden (a soap salesman in the film, a beach artist in the book). After the protagonist's condo is destroyed by an explosion, he asks Tyler if he can stay at his place. Tyler agrees, but asks for one favor: I want you to hit me as hard as you can. The resulting fight in a bar's parking lot attracts more disenchanted males, and the first fight club is born, a new form of self-help group: therapy through all-out bare-knuckle fighting.

Tyler slowly changes the clubs from a fun if brutal sport venue to a breeding ground for revolutionary "space monkeys" who graduate from the club to "Project Mayhem", which forms a growing army that carries out increasingly elaborate attacks on symbols of corporate America. The protagonist finds himself slowly losing control of what he helped create until he realizes that not only is Tyler trying to bring down civilization, but also that Tyler is in fact his night-time split personality. The final battle is between the increasingly frantic "real" protagonist trying to prevent disaster and the shrewd, calculating Tyler who always seems to be one step ahead.

The film was critized for its graphic violence, though only one person is killed. Its highly critical view of consumerism and modern living echoes Naomi Klein's book No Logo and also caused discomfort among some critics. Some elements from the film have found their way into the mainstream, such as the first two rules of fight club — both of which are You do not talk about fight club — or the name "Tyler Durden" itself. The general idea of a fight club was also adapted into the German computer role-playing game Gothic 2, which also listed Palahniuk in its credits.

Parallels are also drawn between Tyler Durden's vision of the world after his revolution, and the views of Theodore Kaczynski, a.k.a. the Unabomber. This can be seen in one scene where Tyler talks about abseiling down the Sears Tower in clothes that will last you the rest of your life and hunting elk on abandoned freeways.

Tyler's ideas have also been compared to the Tao te Ching. It advocates limited technology, like Tyler, and emphasizes a certain degree of surrender — to stop trying to control all things.

The movie appears to take place in Wilmington, Delaware, home to most credit card companies. Tyler's business card includes the Wilmington zip code 19808. Moreover, the cities specifically mentioned in the car-smashing scene are New Castle, Delaware City and Penns Grove, NJ, which are close to Wilmington. The apartment building in which the narrator lives has as its motto "a place to be somebody," which is also the city motto of Wilmington, Delaware.

Characters

Awards

The film version of Fight Club won the following awards: It was also nominated for the following awards:

Technical data (film)

ISBN numbers

See also

External links