Sunday, June 5, 2011

Fight Club

Well, the first rule about fight club is, you don't talk about fight club.
This book written by Chuck Palahniuk is a book about a restless insomniac. The man attends a support group for men with cancer, as prescribed by his doctor so he could see what "real suffering" was. For some reason, listening to other's problems and doing some crying on his own, the narrator's insomnia ceases. While at these support groups, he meets a strange woman named Marla Singer. Marla calls him out for "faking", even though she is a woman at a support group for men with testicular cancer.

One day while at a bar, the narrator meets an intriguing man named Tyler Durden. They soon become friends, but not long after they meet, the narrator's apartment explodes. So the narrator asks to stay at Tyler's house, Tyler's only request was for the narrator to, "hit me in the face as hard as you can." This action spurs Fight Club, a "Club" that takes place in a bar basement, and anyone can join. The Club is basically a way for the men to get out their stress, and many men join. Without the narrator's consent, Tyler expands the Club in to an anarchy-crazed group of extremists that will go to great lengths to upset the establishment. With the Club completely out of control, the narrator is not left with many options.

1. Do you think it was hypocritical of Marla to call him a "faker"?

2. How or why do you think the narrator's apartment exploded?