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Lunar Park

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  12,487 ratings  ·  683 reviews
Imagine becoming a bestselling novelist while still in college, and then seeing your insufferable father reduced to a bag of ashes in a safety-deposit box. Imagine drowning in a sea of booze, drugs and vilification before being given a second chance, as the Bret Easton Ellis of this remarkable novel, married to the mother of his previously unacknowledged son and living in...more
Paperback, 453 pages
Published 2006 by Picador (first published 2005)
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Jessica
"How lonely people make life. But also I realized what I hadn't learned from him: that a family - if you allow it - gives you joy, which in turn gives you hope."

I’m a pretty big BEE fan, and I love his cool, detached writing style, and how all his books are slightly deranged. I love how the protagonists are always a bit off – a big part of you detests them, a little bit of you feels sorry for them, and a tiny piece of you is jealous of the seemingly glamorous lives they live (the sex, drugs, par...more
Nichelle
I read several reviews of this book before reading, most of which denounced it as being awful and I have to say, I'm surprised.

I tore through it in 3 days. I saw it as a near brilliant bit of mind f*ckery, so many psychological themes and commentary on modern life for me to gleefully go searching on Google to tear up and figure out. All that and horror, too! (I read somewhere that he was influenced by Steven King, in writing this one. Indeed. I have to say, I like the Ellis version of King even...more
Brian
Jan 08, 2014 Brian rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
'Reservoir Dogs' and 'Pulp Fiction' are two of my favorite films. So in 1996, when 'From Dusk Til Dawn' was released, I was in line on opening night. For the first hour, I watched what was undoubtedly the finest work Tarantino had produced to date, and I eagerly anticipated a typically dramatic conclusion... but something went horribly wrong: FDTD degenerated into a B-grade vampire flick. For ten horrific minutes, I tried to convince myself that one of the characters had fallen asleep, been knoc...more
Tiny Pants
Aug 16, 2008 Tiny Pants rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: complete and utter masochists
This monstrosity is about to make me take Less Than Zero off of my favorite books list. Could this book have been worse? I don't know. I really am not sure how. If we refer back to my list of things Douglas Coupland did to screw up JPod, BEE here does them all and then some, by adding in less pornography than Glamorama (remember the like 20+ page threesome in the middle? That was like, one of the least arousing things one could ever read, where with every page turn it was like, PLEASE let them b...more
Mykle
Sep 26, 2011 Mykle rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bret Easton Ellis
Wow, actually really not very good.

First off I'm feeling a bit baited-and-switched. I should have done my homework, but the edition I picked up and browsed in the English-language section of a Copenhagen bookstore gave every indication of being some kind of sincere memoir. The first twenty or so pages of this book seemed to be exactly that, and I had just gotten really curious about Ellis' life, but in Copenhagen a cup of coffee costs ten dollars so I don't even want to know what Lunar Park sell...more
tee
I feel funny now. No, this novel wasn't a how-to-be-a-comedian manual under the guise of some kind of fucked up, deranged horror. I feel FUNNY funny, strange funny, like someone touched me inappropriately and I don't know how I feel funny. Halfway through the book, I put it down and eyeballed my partner and started throwing existential crisis theories at him. I have this problem with depersonalization and derealization where in heightened states of anxiety you detach from your reality or your se...more
Eliza Victoria
There’s a story behind the film Adaptation: scriptwriter Charlie Kaufman had a hard time adapting The Orchid Thief, so what did he do? He wrote a film about him having a hard time adapting The Orchid Thief, writing himself into the script, creating for himself a twin brother, dedicating the finished piece to the sibling who didn’t exist. Author Bret Easton Ellis, creator of American Psycho and other “transgressive” novels, wrote himself into his novel Lunar Park, conjuring for himself a family,...more
Will Lynch
I heard a lot of great things about this book, but i wasn't that impressed. It was just a little too over the top. Admittedly, this over the top aspect made it really amusing; the plot is basically that Bret Easton Ells (by writing himself in as the protagonist, he 'does an impression of himself') is in his 40's and still throwing big parties during which he offers mediocre coke to his guest and then steals away to his office to do enormous lines of much better coke. He's got a wife and kids and...more
Michele Manara
Chi è Bret Easton Ellis?
Il primo capitolo di "Lunar park" parte così, come un’autobiografia in cui l’ex ragazzo prodigio della letteratura racconta luci e ombre della sua vita, dall’esordio fulminante di "Meno di zero in poi".
Le luci sono quelle delle feste frequentate dalle celebrità, le ombre sono tutti i cascami autodistruttivi che fama, noia ed enormi dosi di denaro portano con sé.
Alcolici, cocaina, eroina, farmaci: nominate una forma qualsiasi di stordimento, e potete stare certi che Elli...more
Ritz
Mar 20, 2008 Ritz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ritz by: Ciro Ohm,
Lunar Park llegó muy bien recomendado a mis manos, pero la precedente media lectura de Psicópata Americano no me dejaba aproximarme a la última novela de Bret Easton Ellis sin resquemores y recelos. Pero yo soy insistente y me gustan los retos.

Es bueno leer Lunar Park sin saber nada del libro ni del autor. Pero Bret es ya autor de culto así que supongo que muy pocas personas llegarán a leerlo vírgenes. Digamos que yo con Bret tuve unos escarceos que no pasaron de los previos con Psicópata, así q...more
Nick
Aug 21, 2007 Nick rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: furby
Shelves: fiction
A friend of mine who works for a magazine in New York told me they asked Bret Easton Ellis if he wanted to write for this magazine, and if so, what would he like to do? "DVD Reviews." No hesitation on his part.

I read a short remembrance of Tom Cruise in the late 80's by Bret a while back in Rolling Stone - it was really good. He writes well for magazines. The high and salient points come quickly and clearly. The man does not fiddle-faddle.

I recognized that same tabloid style in Lunar Park, which...more
John
LUNAR PARK is a bit of a departure for Bret Easton Ellis in that it's more of a traditional page-turner than anything else he has previously written. It's also a lot less cynical and gratuitously shocking than most of his previous work. In the novel, Ellis himself is the main character, and he does an brilliant job of blurring the lines between autobiography and fiction. Interestingly, he seems to take especial delight in presenting as negative an image of himself as possible, making for a highl...more
Brenna
So I've spent this year developing a love/hate relationship with Bret Easton Ellis' work. I don't understand why his books fascinate me or even why they work as compelling fiction, yet I keep reading them because his voice is so distinct. Disturbing, empty, and shallow most of the time, but distinct. Then along comes Lunar Park. I spent 90% of the book hating it, wondering why I was still reading it, and then found the ending beautiful. No. Really. I didn't think Ellis could write something that...more
Tyler
3.5/5

I'm not the most well-read guy on Bret Easton Ellis, not by a long shot. And I should be better read considering I enjoy the guys writing style quite a bit. I like the minimalist style, and I enjoy his brand of satire.

But it was interesting to me how he made a memoir that was mostly fiction, and used that to examine a bunch of different themes such as family or even writing. That he made it a suburban gothic horror makes it even more fascinating.

I won't pretend to understand everything as...more
Tanabrus
Il libro è semiautobiografico.
Parla di uno scrittore, Bret Easton Ellis, giunto al successo con un libro decadente e perverso (Meno di zero... nei primi anni del liceo un amico lo aveva comprato e ce lo eravamo letto tutti quanti, ovviamente all'epoca mi aveva colpito enormemente) per poi bissare il successo con l'ancora più sconvolgente American Psycho (che mi ha fatto letteralmente schifo, privo di senso).
Uno scrittore che, giunto all'apice della fama, vive di droghe e alcool, incapac...more
David Manns
Darkly comic and genuinely horrific in places, this novel is Ellis's best work since his debut, Less Than Zero. Writing in the first person as a bizarre alcoholic, drug-addicted parody of himself, Ellis takes us on a dark journey into his celebrity lifestyle: married to an A-list Hollywood actress, father of a son he's estranged from, living in upstate New York

There are various plot strands ranging from Ellis's troubled relationship with his dead father, the disappearance of a number of boys fro...more
Israel
El escritor americano Bret Easton Ellis (Los Angeles, 1964) publica 'Lunar Park', en donde el autor americano arremete contra su propia biografía. Una mezcla de realidad y ficción, donde se confunde la vorágine de la vida de autodestrucción de un autor de éxito que reconduce a la vida familiar, con una serie de asesinatos y desapariciones en una atmósfera fantasmal.

Lunar Park es una buena novela de terror, recomendable incluso para lectores que no sientan particular interés por las andanzas per...more
Suzie
It seems like at least 40% of the book is about how you just can't trust Bret Easton Ellis. The horrific story of an untrustworthy narrator is a good trick if you can pull it off, but I'm not feeling like Lunar Park pulls it off as Will Self's My Idea of Fun, Jim Thompson's After Dark My Sweet, or The Usual Suspects. Though the book is creepy in places, I never found it scary. Though the book is intended to be a parody of suburban life, I do not find that part of the book compelling, funny, or p...more
Nick
His most self-indulgent book to date. The beginning chapters are perfect because it's somewhat autobiographical until it's not. The novel went from reality to fiction and that's where it felt flat.
Ryan Leone
My girlfriend is reading this book right now, so at night I always see the front cover as it hides her pretty face.

I've always been a fan of Bret. I loved Less than Zero, American Psycho, and Imperial Bedrooms. I didn't like Rules of Attraction ( good movie but the novel was too faggy love drunk for me.) And I hated Glammora and the Informers.

All in all, he's had an impressive career and I have read a few of his novels multiple times. American Psycho sticks out as his real masterpiece in contemp...more
Nate
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Lachwhip
The first quarter of this book is brilliant. Ellis provides a hilarious faux-autobiography that covers his tremendous rise to fame after the publication of Less Than Zero. Everything about his life is inflated to absurdity; his rockstar fame, drug abuse and his lack of writing talent. Ellis appears as a character - a self-absorbed, vapid, drug-addled hack. After spirally out of control, he attempts to make a transition to family life in the suburbs to reunite with his old love and connect with h...more
Tom Waters
Do Brat Packers Dream of Electric Birds?

"The cliche of suburbia would dampen whatever enthusiasm I had for my new life as a man trying to form himself into the responsible adult he would probably never become." - excerpt from Lunar Park

Bret Easton Ellis is being haunted by his dead father. Ashen footsteps keep reappearing in his stylish house in the suburbs. The paint on the outside is peeling away to reveal the color of his childhood home. He's receiving emails at the same time every day from...more
Katherine
so BEE...

a man who creates disruptive art. this is a compliment. his writing, however, has left something to be desired. Glamorama left me bored, Less Than Zero left me cold. A friend shoved Lunar Park into my hands with the recommendation "this is what we read on the crapper."

Heady praise.

I read the jacket copy, and press quotes, and several people compared him to John Cheever (I plead ignorance to the style) and to Stephen King (yatzee, sez I). With that in mind, I tackled this book with a l...more
Stef
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Simon
Obviously, Bret Easton Ellis can write: there are words on the pages and more often than not they make sense and are 'clever' and occasionally quite wonderful. The only problem is that the book spirals out of control so badly, as various daddy issues and parenthood issues keep shoe-horning their way in. Since the book appears not to make sense on the basic level of why the hell the main character is even in this house with his wife when he so clearly doesn't care for his family or want to be the...more
Roger DeBlanck
Bret Easton Ellis’ novel Lunar Park does not deviate from his previous controversial works. The novel glorifies and glamorizes the themes that have made him famous: paranoia, debauchery, and excess. Ellis writes very fluid and engaging prose that makes it hard to ignore his talent as a novelist. But he chases topics and material that are absurd and overly disturbing at times. He certainly has a dark vision of humanity’s lost, neurotic, inebriated self. In Lunar Park, he dares to fictionalize him...more
Raro de Concurso
Buen empiece del libro, algo desconcertante, por no saber si era un prólogo (de ésos que a veces no se leen por querer ir a la chicha inmediatamente) o por si lo que contaba tenía algo de verdad. El caso es que poco importa, al menos a mi, ya que este ejercicio de autometaliteratura (toma palabro) ni me parece original (William Goldman en La princesa prometida, hace algo similar y mucho más creíble y con muchísima más gracia e ironía) ni demasiado interesante (quién quiera leer las sucesivas cai...more
Aaron Weinman
Again I’m probably biased as I refuse to loathe anything this man does. Although Glamorama brought me tantalisingly close!
I actually thoroughly enjoyed this, despite what many critics said about this semi auto bio, I thought it was a classic case of narcissism mixed with creepy humour.
The first chapter gets you going straight away, with an in-depth look into BEE’s life and subsequent rise to fame post Less Than Zero days…In fact you’d be mistaken for thinking he loathed Glamorama, given his ta...more
Robyn
*Somebody* has been reading Chuck Palahniuk, and it shows. This novel is very very different from many of Ellis's other works; it's much faster, tighter and more plot driven with oodles of exaggeration to drive in the symbolism. I even thought I saw a few instances of Palahniuk style syntax peeping around the corners of Ellis's prose. Nearly gone are the long meditations on the character's surroundings, the drawn out internal monologues, and the status symbol pissing contests.. Seems like Mr. El...more
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Bret Easton Ellis is an American author. He is considered to be one of the major Generation X authors and was regarded as one of the so-called literary Brat Pack, which also included Tama Janowitz and Jay McInerney. He has called himself a moralist, although he has often been pegged as a nihilist. His characters are young, generally vacuous people, who are aware of their depravity but choose to en...more
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