Fight Club: Book Review

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel that answers the question “What if I had insomnia and didn’t know it?” The protagonist goes to support groups but then things spiral out of control and he ends up joining a fight club. Keep reading to find out why you should be reading this classic novel!

Like most people, I first came across Fight Club via Brad Pitt and the movie version and I instantly fell in love. As a young kid, I didn’t really grasp what I had fallen in love with but I was left in awe. And over a decade later, I still love Fight Club and the magic has not gone away.

Fight Cub Summary

Chuck Palahniuk’s debut novel was about a protagonist whose name we never get to hear. He is sleep deprived, hates his job, and stuck in a loop, doing the same thing over and over. That cycle breaks when he meets Tyler Durden and the protagonist’s life is flipped upside down.

Fight Club book cover
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Tyler encourages the protagonist to stop being a sheep and take the lead in life. Apparently, that means fight Durden outside of a bar and losing a tooth. And starting a fight club all over the country. But things start to take a dark turn and the protagonist realizes everything is not as it appears. 


Fight Club movie trailer

Palahniuk’s Fight Club is a great commentary on the modern world. The protagonist not having a name implies that he can be anyone, including the reader. And that is kind of the point. Most people can relate to having a boring job, a dull life with no purpose, and a boss that they hate. All we need is a little push to become unhinged. 

One of my favorite things about the novel is how wild of a ride it becomes. The story picks up speed as you keep reading and suddenly, you are headed off of a cliff. Palahniuk pulls the carpet right under the reader and makes us wonder how much of what we read can we trust?


Fight Club is one of my all-time favorite novels and a great movie to watch. If you do read the novel, I recommend to watch the movie which didn’t do that great initially when it was released. Now, it is a cult favorite and is always being brought up in mainstream media.

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