Book Review: Fight Club


Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a nihilists version of Its a Wonderful Life, where my generations George Bailey plays the lonely God who, in his frustration and impotence, creates a devil to act out his fantasies. But what's more interesting to me about this book is the theme of castration. Castration, or more importantly the fear of castration, has a pretty big role to play in this story. In the metaphorical sense, castration anxiety refers to the idea of feeling or being insignificant; there is a need to keep ones self from being dominated: whether it be by society or in a relationship. Seen from this perspective we can see the narrator spending the entire length of the novel trying to determine how to have a normal relationship with a member of the opposite sex. And failing to do so. Or perhaps this is just the anxiety talking.


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