Chuck Palahniuk has been a hit since his first novel, Fight Club, was turned into a film in 1999. Once you read one of his books, it’s hard not to go out and buy all of them. If you’ve never read his books or you’re new to his style, these are some good books to start out with.
Fight Club is a Chuck Palahniuk classic. Whether you’ve watched the movie or not, the book is a fantastic read. This novel focuses on the Narrator – whom many name Joe or Jack depending on the adaption – as he meets Tyler Durden. Tyler is as smart and smooth-talking as he is unbalanced and confusing. Through a major unfortunate event, the Narrator comes to live with Tyler. After such, the pair creates ‘Fight Club’ – an underground group of men who weekly beat the snot out of each other. The major rule of the group is to not talk about the fight club. Fight Club and Tyler Durden lead the Narrator through some wild journeys and by the end, you’re not exactly sure who’s the main focus of the book. This novel pulls you in so many directions and keeps you incredibly engaged.
Choke is one of the more popular novels that Palahaniuk wrote. It follows the story of sex addict, Victor, through his mostly normal life. The man spends a lot of his free time going to restaurants pretending to choke on his meal. This always leads some stranger to come save his life. He lives off of checks from these strangers who feel pity for him – in addition to his mediocre job at historical museum. The story really begins when Victor reconnects with his mother for the first time in years. This is one of Palahniuk’s more linear story-lines. It doesn’t jump around in time or confuse you. It does get into your head though. The second half of the story will have you flipping pages to figure out how it will end.
Invisible Monsters is the book that got me hooked on Chuck Palahniuk. The story immediately pulls you in by the main character bleeding out in a house burning to the ground. The story from then on becomes completely nonlinear. It gets a little difficult to follow if you’re not paying close attention. It’s certainly not a book you can skim through when you’re bored. The story is intense and a bit disturbing – in normal Palahniuk fashion. Many songs have been written about this twisted tale, proving it’s a great pick to read next!