This study guide will help you analyze the novel Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. You can also find a summary of the text, as well as inspiration for interpreting it and putting it into perspective. You can also read about the movie adaptation and how it differs from the book.
The quotes in this analysis are taken from the 2018 Norton Paperback edition.
Presentation of the text
Title: Fight Club (1996)
Author: Chuck Palahniuk
Charles Michael 'Chuck' Palahniuk (b. 1962) is a renowned American writer. His literary debut was with the novel Fight Club, which has remained his most popular and celebrated work, even as he continued to produce numerous novels and short stories in the years following its release.
Fight Club reveals the journey of its protagonist who experiences a profound disconnect from his personal life and contemporary societal norms. This leads him to establish a clandestine organization alongside his friend Tyler Durden, built on the foundations of violence and defiance. The novel was adapted into a blockbuster film in 1999, featuring Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, and Helena Bonham Carter in leading roles.
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