It’s been quite some time since I last wrote a book review. And I have read this book quite some time ago but today I was reminded of it due to an assignment. So I wrote one and thought why no publish it. It’s not one of the best reviews I have written, I know, but I don’t think it’s bad either. So let’s just do it.
The last book that really left an impression after reading it, was “Fight Club” by Chuck Palahniuk. I have always been fascinated by books that carry a message and give the reader perspective about our society, without directly trying to. And this book certainly does. This story talks about consumerism, millennials, the problem of entitlement and a society that controls us, instead of us controlling it. It’s a story about hope, following your dreams but also losing control and what it does to us. It all starts in a scenery of a skyscraper, a chair to which ‘The Narrator’ is tied, and a gun in his mouth. A countdown begins. Time passing till they’re ready. Then the actual story behind it starts. ‘The Narrator’, around his mid-thirties, is living in a condo, has a perfectly structured life and a Job as a recall specialist for the automobile industry
that he hates. Due to his insomnia he attends support groups for various illnesses, because it relieves him of his pain and because he can cry it out he can finally sleep. All of this works for a while until he meets Marla Singer. And because he doesn’t have any of those illnesses he knows that Marla is a fake. Just like him. That stops him from going to sessions, resulting in insomnia again. But then, from an instant, his life changes. On a flight back from a work trip he meets, young, good-looking Tyler Durden. Tyler is going to change his life forever. Which he doesn’t know when he meets him. He goes home to see his blasted-out condo. Everything valuable to him destroyed. Having no friends, he calls Tyler. They grab a beer and Tyler tells him to hit him as hard as he can. That is the beginning of Fight Club. After leaving the bar, ‘The Narrator’ goes to live at Tyler’s. And they establish the rules for fight club. The first club of Fight Club is: “You do not talk about Fight Club”. And after some time, others join them. It’s freeing them from being consumed by daily objects and things we use. Tyler teaches them a lesson, he reminds them that they are not their cars, their phones, their Computers or their money. He tells them that they are not special, like they were told. They simply are. The danger of entitlement is made clear. They should follow their dreams and values. Which is something I believe to be very valuable itself. But the whole situation gets overboard. Project Mayhem is made by Tyler and ‘The Narrator’ can’t control it anymore. Violence and death are a big part of that. Intentions that are well but actions that are contradictory. They try to gain Freedom from consumerism but instead they turn into revolutionary bombers. Tyler is nowhere to be found. And when we actually find out who Tyler Durden is, it blows our minds. He is the Alter Ego of the Narrator. Which makes sense, since he started appearing when the insomnia got worse. Tyler is everything ‘The Narrator’ wants to be but isn’t. Tyler is fearless, does what he wants and is not afraid to do whatever it takes to make people believe. Firstly, I believe that we all have a Tyler Durden. I am not saying we all have a psychotic Alter Ego that wants us to punch the air in front of us, and to free the world from consumerism in blowing up buildings. However, I believe that there is a part in all of us that is exactly what and who we want to be. And it belongs to us but does not have to be necessarily found and lived. Secondly, I think this book taught me to look at our society differently. This does not mean I support what happened when they established Project Mayhem. It simply means that I saw how the materialistic world consumes us, we are not free from it. We use our phones every day and we are don’t realize how much time they take away from us. Furthermore, I want to underline the importance of entitlement awareness. And also, the problems of our generation, the millennials. This book made me think about it for the first time. We actually are raised to believe we are special and we can make a difference and that we can achieve whatever we want. But we aren’t special snowflakes, and we won’t and can’t do everything we would like to. We’re being let down. And that book made me think about it in the first place.
In conclusion I really want to say how much I enjoyed this book. I read it in three days and could not put it down. This book has taught me to look at things differently. To see life from another perspective. To free myself from what does not truly matter. I don’t mean taking every device I have and destroying it, I simply learned to control is and not be controlled by it. Another lesson this brilliant book taught me was that it’s important to keep things balanced. However, this lesson was not directly mentioned in the book itself, it rather made itself clear to me when I understood how the plot had unfolded. I sincerely recommend this book to anyone who is ready for a thrill but also a lesson of how life could turn out.
I believe that it’s important to find our Tyler Durden and try to live it. And to remember to try not to be consumed by the things we use. I want to end this blog post with a quote by Tyler that really inspired me:
“Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Gtoreat War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.”
And that is the best damn speech (next to Simon Sineks talk about Millennials) I ever heard. I hope you understand how important it is. In a few weeks I’ll do a post on the book ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck’ by Mark Manson. It’s a self-help book for Millennials. But more on that in a few weeks.
I hope you’re all doing great. Goodnight, Good morning or good afternoon or whatever time it is at whatever place you’re reading this from.
PS: Thank you (you’ll know if you read it 🙂 )for showing me the movie and giving me the Fight Club mania. I hope you’re doing great wherever you are! 😉