Consider it brought

Posted by Lizzie on 08/21/05

Bret Easton Ellis needs no introduction. Not because his first novel, Less Than Zero, was a “zeitgeist touchstone,” or because he has been profiled in “every magazine and newspaper that existed,” or because his name is as “recognizable as most movie stars’ or athletes’.” No, it is because, for those of you who may not be aware of these facts, the author notes all of the above and more in his handy 30-page preface to Lunar Park, which constitutes his sixth novel, or, if you will, a gathering of “controlled, cinematic haiku.”

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  1. Interesting review, Lizzie. I should point out that the plot for “Lunar Park” is no less absurd than the terrorism silliness of “Glamorama.” But that’s not really why anyone reads Ellis. I didn’t see the book as cut-rate horror — more so an amusing exercise at playing around with self-image. Not high art, but definitely not as awful as, oh say, Chuck Palahuniuk.

    Comment by Ed — 8/21/2005 @ 3:10 pm

  2. Oh, I don’t mind the absurdity at all — I mind the absurdity DONE POORLY.

    I confess I have never read Chuck. I do like the movie of “Fight Club,” though.

    Comment by Old Hag — 8/21/2005 @ 5:16 pm

  3. Shouldn’t that be ‘brung’?

    Comment by mapletree7 — 8/21/2005 @ 9:27 pm

  4. Could it be that BEE is using a template of cliches (and it’s interesting that he specifically references the Dark Tower series with “the world is growing darker”) to point out that American life has become something of a cliche? I mean, that’s the sense I got. There are very genuine observations (such as all the kids and pets doped up on antidepressants and the absurd materialistic space-age motif of the son’s bedroom) throughout the book that made this sort of a lowbrow “White Noise.”

    Comment by Ed — 8/22/2005 @ 9:53 am

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