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
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
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
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
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
Lunar Park es una buena novela de terror, recomendable incluso para lectores que no sientan particular interés por las andanzas per...more
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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
Imagine becoming a bestselling novelist, and almost immediately famous and wealthy, while still in college, and before long seeing your insufferable father reduced to a bag of ashes in a safety-deposit box, while after American Psycho your celebrity drowns in a sea of vilification, booze, and drugs.
Then imagine having a second chance ten years later, as the Bret Easton Ellis of this remarkable novel is given, with a wife, children, and suburban sobriety--only...more
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
Tiene un buen estilo literario, la originalidad de la idea es muy original y el autor tiene una gran maestría en el desarrollo de la historia.
Pero me gustaría añadir un aspecto más que gustó:
Aunque el personaje principal (él mismo), por todo lo que hace y piensa, se convierte en un personaje despreciabe, a la vez tambien me inspiró un cierto respeto y empatía, sin llegar a compartir muchas de las cosas que hace y es. Valoré su "presunta" valentía, sinceridad y, me atrevería a de...more
There are various plot strands ranging from Ellis's troubled relationship with his dead father, the disappearance of a number of boys fro...more
"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
There's at least three levels of fiction writing: garbage, salable and guys like Ellis. Guys like Ellis do more than tell the story with the words, they tell the story with their style. Sometimes, style gets in the way and ends up being the story, or at least what the readers and critics talk about. To me, that's when style has gone too far. Ellis uses style as a story element and I both like and appreciate that. I appreciate it because he...more
This declaration is made by Bret Easton Ellis near the end of his book, Lunar Park. It also beautifully illustrates the failing of a book that I was, at first, amazed by. When I mentioned that Mr. Ellis made the declaration above, I wasn't referring to him as the writer. He is also the main character of a NOVEL.
It comes off as a bit confusing only because of point-of-view. The book begins as an assessment of the meteoric...more