Yes, the same Fight Club that became a movie with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. I saw the movie first, and then had to rush out and buy the book.
I’d read other books with unreliable narrators, but this one was so different than the rest that it really made me pause in admiration for how skillfully done it was. I love a good plot twist (as opposed to a cheap plot twist) and this was one that made me sit back and wish that I would have written it.
This book, oddly, is also when I became aware that I liked writing about mental health and started incorporating main characters with mental health issues on purpose.
I loved the message of the book, and I loved how it was told. It taught me that a book didn’t have to be preachy or uplifting to have a positive message. Fight Club was dark and gritty with characters who weren’t particularly good people. But just because they weren’t good people doesn’t mean that they didn’t have a lot of positive things to say.
Fight Club is one of those rare books that have not only influenced me and made me think, but is also just an excellent read.
“Only after disaster can we be resurrected. It’s only after you’ve lost everything that you’re free to do anything. Nothing is static, everything is evolving, everything is falling apart.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club