On hot summer days, the best thing to do, while not working, is cool down with a good book in your hands. Good books are everywhere, we just have to look for them. As for me lately, I like to read books that are highly recommended by people I know or by people who know what a good book is. Inspired by my fellow bloggers I’ve just finished reading Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. And the only thing left to say now is: Thank you, guys!
While I started the journey in Fight Club’s world, I had no idea what to expect. It was like walking into a dark room where you just wait for a while so your vision can adjust a bit. Didn’t get it at first and was a bit annoyed that I couldn’t understand where the plot was leading to. I guess, that makes it more fun as mystery is always intriguing. By the middle of the book I realized what was going on and from that point I wanted to see where everything will take the character/s to.
Won’t say anything about the plot as Wikipedia tells you everything you want to know about it. It’s more important how a book makes you feel after you’ve read it. It’s not much about what’s happening but about how characters deal with it and how they make you feel about their decisions and behavior. For example, I hated Tyler, same as John, same as probably everyone. But Tyler is pure intelligence, Tyler is against the system. He’s a rebel. Tyler is in me and you and everyone else. Just he might have another names and would probably be more silent. But we know him very well.
Apart from being a great novel, Fight Club also teaches you a thing or two about chemistry and explosive reactions, which can be a dangerous thing if you plan to build a bomb. And if you are, don’t read it, it might broaden your horizons. 🙂
Overall I loved the book and there were passages that really spoke to my heart. Here are five that will make you think about life and things in general:
“Warning: If you are reading this then this warning is for you. Every word you read of this useless fine print is another second off your life. Don’t you have other things to do? Is your life so empty that you honestly can’t think of a better way to spend these moments? Or are you so impressed with authority that you give respect and credence to all that claim it? Do you read everything you’re supposed to read? Do you think everything you’re supposed to think? Buy what you’re told to want? Get out of your apartment. Meet a member of the opposite sex. Stop the excessive shopping and masturbation. Quit your job. Start a fight. Prove you’re alive. If you don’t claim your humanity you will become a statistic. You have been warned.”
“You buy furniture. You tell yourself, this is the last sofa I will ever need in my life. Buy the sofa, then for a couple years you’re satisfied that no matter what goes wrong, at least you’ve got your sofa issue handled. Then the right set of dishes. Then the perfect bed. The drapes. The rug. Then you’re trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you.”
“It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”
“You are not your job, you’re not how much money you have in the bank. You are not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You are not your fucking khakis. You are all singing, all dancing crap of the world.”
“Only after disaster can we be resurrected. It’s only after you’ve lost everything that you’re free to do anything. Nothing is static, everything is evolving, everything is falling apart.”
Rating : 5 out of 5