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Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Hey all! Did any one else read this one this month? I think it was actually August's book, but I only got it from the library this month, and I think there were a couple other people planning to read it.

How did it go? Opinions? It was only 208 pages, plus my edition had an afterward, so it didn't take that long to read.

I'll start some my thoughts in the comments. Spoilers may abound!!

37 year old NZer's 1st post:

What's September's book? Is anyone still participating in this book club? Helloooooo?!

Fight Club?

Hi...are we doing Fight Club this month?  
2. The characters. How do you feel about them so far? Try to evaluate them individually. Are you connecting with them?

I am 1/3 into Capture the Castle. Cassandra is the easiest character to relate with, based on the 1st person style of the book. Although, we mostly understand what she thinks of herself. Why does she seem to dislike herself ? Am I off? I have noticed she often considers herself not worthy of love.

First time posting.

I finally got the book from my local library, and I read it in a day while waiting for the other half to finish a job interview.

I'm going to answer three of the discussion questions..


I Capture the Castle

Just wanted to say, I'm not going to be posting on I Capture the Castle this month. I have read the book before, and while I enjoyed the writing style and found Cassandra's character interesting, I really hated the ending. Would be glad to gripe about it with others when they are done with the book. =) I shall return for Fight Club in August!

On the diary format

I'm grabbing question #3. I finished the book before the 1st so I'd be ready for this.

3. How do you feel about the diary set up? Is it too much? Does it work to convey certain messages or feelings from the narrator? Do you seriously think this girl could write that fast?

The diary format of the book bugged me because it was not in diary format. At least, not like any diary I've ever seen. It is very sophisticated and reads like a story. The only reminders that it is a diary are that she mentions taking a long time to write, needing more books, and a few times she alludes to events in the first lines of a chapter. Cassandra is very well-read in the classics, and I'm sure that is the greatest influence on her style. (After all, Rose tries to act like an Austen character because she thinks that's how a girl is supposed to act with young men.)

I think the diary element wasn't necessary. It seems that its purpose is to let Cassandra practice her writing. That purpose isn't convincing. A normal person would have their writing evolve and improve; in this case, the quality is consistent and the only development is among the character, not the writing itself. The diary needs to be a character in its own right.

If she really is speed writing, I suppose she could write that fast is that is all she does all day. I've forced out 7,000 words a day with Nanowrimo, but I type much, much faster than I write. It's also important to note that this book takes place from March to October. If she spends several weeks writing about the events of one day, it would work, considering their isolation and how the Cottons don't visit constantly.

Part One of I Capture the Castle!

Hello! This discussion board comes to you a little late - I fell behind with the reading during the first week (*takes a bow*), and evidently you all are JUMPING to the plate to participate first. Haha. Kidding. But seriously. There are 86 members. We can post. So, I've been thinking about the book so far.

Here's a little plot synopsis of what's happened this far in. Just so you know what to comment on if you went ahead.
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Here are some things I want everyone (as many people as possible) to think about. Please post your responses to the section in a new post or on here. New posts are read more, so that's a good place. Responses to these questions can be anywhere.

1. Were there any quotes/passages/moments you loved in these opening chapters?

2. The characters. How do you feel about them so far? Try to evaluate them individually. Are you connecting with them?

3. How do you feel about the diary set up? Is it too much? Does it work to convey certain messages or feelings from the narrator? Do you seriously think this girl could write that fast?

4. "Capture." - Meaning? What's going on with this word?

5. Symbolism/meaning of the scene with the Wish on the Devil. What's going on there? Were the events that followed related or coincidental?

Thanks. I'll post the reader's guide questions as they become more relevant and/or as we wrap up the book. I hope everyone is enjoying it thus far, and PLEASE POST!!!