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InvisibleRandalFlagg
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Fight Club....the novel
    #3295909 - 10/30/04 01:47 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

I read "Fight Club" not too long ago and I wanted to comment on
the book.

At first glance, the book appears to be an exaltation of people
who find themselves oppressed and straight-jacketed by modern
day society, consumerism, and social classes. These people rebel in
any way they can. The "fight-clubbers" in the book love
using outright violence and rebellion in order to smash what
they see as being wrong with the world. Who can deny that Man
is a visceral and violent species that needs stimulation in
order to feel alive? Who can deny that comfortable consumerism
and materialism is not natural to Man and it perverts what
He really is? And, the fight-clubbers pursue these trains of thought
in order to reject the stulifying and boring aspects of modern life.

Yet, on a deeper level, I view Fight Club as a satire and attack on
rebellion and movements. Isn't it strange how rebellion can become
as regimented and controlled as the accepted norm? Fight Clubbers
start blindly following orders and repeating slogans. This book is
the perfect example of how most Men are made to be followers. Most
men are incapable of original thought. And, the people who engage
in rebellion against the existing order, more often than not cause
more pain, destruction, mayhem, and problems than the status quo
did.

Rebellion is just as fraught with peril as conformity is. Rebellion
is often as conformist as conformity is. I think that is what this
book is saying.

As a male who yearns to experience adrenaline and action, I can
empathize with the Fight-clubbers in the book. I want to feel
pain, struggle, and victory. It is a part of the very fibre of my
being. I want to experience something more exciting than
sitting behind a desk and buying shit I don't need. I am annoyed
at the conventions and expectations of modern day society. I
do want a more savage existence than the safe world we find ourselves
in. I want to conquer and have power. I want Men to follow me.
I want women to want me. I want to be remembered. I want to
be original. I want to have people admire me. I want to
make a mark upon this world. The main character in the book
wanted all of these things, yet found himself unable to accomplish
them, so he created an alter-ego in his head that could accomplish
it. I think that these base desires are a part of being male. And,
I am offended when modern day society or media tries to say
otherwise.

Yet, I will not subjugate myself to a certain belief system in order
to accomplish these desires. I will not allow myself to be
brainwashed by the allure of rebellion. All too often, it is
misguided and just as pathetic as convention.

The only disappointment with this book is that it doesn't offer
an answer. It makes fun of and shows the weakness of rebellion
and convention. It doesn't give an answer as to what Man should
pursue, what he should be, and how he should live. Maybe that's
because there aren't any easy answers for those questions.


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Offlinedruqks46
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Re: Fight Club....the novel [Re: RandalFlagg]
    #3301995 - 10/31/04 08:05 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

I suggest reading more of chuck palaniuks books, hes a good author.


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Re: Fight Club....the novel [Re: druqks46]
    #3302718 - 10/31/04 11:21 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

You make your own answers. In a way, you are rebelling--against the system, hell even against life itself. Tripping is, in my opinion, an experience that transcends the boundaries our bodies and minds give us. I want to do it more, but alas, 'the man' keeps down the best drugs around, so my exclusive experience with tripping lies on a one-time DMT trip.

Palahniuk is great--I have yet to be able to snatch any of his books yet though. Going to try to track down Survivor.


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