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Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
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Jan 11, 12

bookshelves: 2012

I have a lot of thoughts about this book. I think Palahniuk owes David Fincher a lot - this book wouldn't have its place in pop culture's lexicon if it wasn't for Fincher's film. The book itself is weak, thin. The movie, the script, and the actors that fleshed out the weak characters from this novel are what made this book what it is today. The book is a gathering of facts and exaggerated boy-stories, it reads like a Maxim magazine. It also makes a lot of assumptions about class and gender. But all this is just fodder to the main point that kept hitting me over the head while I read, which was "THIS IS THE GAYEST BOOK I HAVE EVER SEEN" and this is coming from someone who used to regularly thumb through the Tom of Finland anthology from Taschen. The subtext of this book is so blatant it's not subtext anymore. It's like a gay porn that's put in the straight section. I don't know what exactly the author is trying to achieve here - the ability to have sexual contact with other men without condemnation or guilt, I suppose. Whatever it is, I would say the biggest auidence this book would appeal to, and who I would most recommend it to over all is anyone who has a fetish for straight men fucking each other.
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