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Lunar Park

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  16,919 Ratings  ·  795 Reviews
Bret Ellis, the narrator of Lunar Park, is a writer whose first novel Less Than Zero catapulted him to international stardom while he was still in college. In the years that followed he found himself adrift in a world of wealth, drugs, and fame, as well as dealing with the unexpected death of his abusive father. After a decade of decadence a chance for salvation arrives; t ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published August 16th 2005 by Vintage (first published 2005)
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“You dream a book, and sometimes the dream comes true. When you give up life for fiction you become a character.”

What is Lunar Park???? Brett Easton Ellis claims it to be his homage to Stephen King (and you will see later in this review that it did indeed bring to mind one particular King character) – but when I really need to break it down to basics I’m going with Lunar Park is what would happen if American Psycho and Fight Club an
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Jessica
May 29, 2007 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2007
"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
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Nikki
Mar 30, 2011 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Brian
Jan 08, 2014 Brian rated it did not like it  ·  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
Eliza Victoria
Aug 30, 2012 Eliza Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
tee
Apr 26, 2011 tee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, e-pube
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
Mykle
Sep 26, 2011 Mykle rated it it was ok
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
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Fabian
Apr 25, 2016 Fabian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hear ye, hear ye: I'm a liar. I've always admitted to having read the whole B.E.E. collection, but have lied. This one makes it... done. Complete! I am very done with Ellis at this point in my life. And it couldn't have been sooner.

The one striking thing about this one is its description of the fall of the once-mythical, once-impressive B.E.E.: once famous and rich and relevant, he grabs at past glories in a very saddening fashion, grabbing at straws really, trying to relive/transplant various e
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Tiny Pants
Aug 16, 2008 Tiny Pants rated it did not like it  ·  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
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
Suzie
Jun 14, 2010 Suzie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-finished
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
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
Ryan Leone
Jun 10, 2014 Ryan Leone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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John
Jun 26, 2012 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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
Kendare Blake
Jun 18, 2010 Kendare Blake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw a guy on the tube in London reading this and noticed he was near the end. I wanted to stand up and say, "Hey, it's creeping you out, isn't it. Isn't it?! ISN'T IT!!!?" But you just can't live your life that way. It's inappropriate.

Bret Easton Ellis, on the other hand, can do whatever the hell he wants. And he does. Putting yourself in a novel is either the ballsiest thing you can do, or the assy-est. In this case, both. But let's put aside the fact that Ellis is writing a tale about semi-p
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Tyler
Apr 24, 2012 Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Shane
Jan 07, 2015 Shane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author as central character in a book of fiction is becoming more the reality these days, and Lunar Park by Ellis takes this transgressive sub genre to another level. The reality part starts by Ellis recounting his evolution as a writer: his early success at 21 while still in college with his debut novel Less than Zero, the celebrity life in the Brat Pack of the literary elite in New York fuelled by powerful drugs and lots of sex with males and females alike, the controversial publication of ...more
Snotchocheez
Oct 03, 2009 Snotchocheez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After getting my fill of Ellis' banality, narcissism and misogyny upon reading "American Psycho" (along with "Less Than Zero" and "Rules of Engagement") I vowed never to read another of his books. The author once touted as the Voice of my generation (Gen X) never qualified as such for me. The only reason I decided to read this one was a glowing review on the back of the book by none other than the arbiter of pop culture (gasp!) Stephen King. I at least had to see what made Uncle Stevie gush. The ...more
Stef
May 04, 2011 Stef rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People stuck on a deserted island with nothing else to occupy themselves with
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Ritz
Mar 20, 2008 Ritz rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Nick
Aug 21, 2007 Nick rated it liked it  ·  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
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Nick
Oct 01, 2013 Nick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nick Davies
Difficult to assign a blunt 'stars out of five' rating to, this was slow and unlikeable for the majority of the first half, before vacillating between amazing and amazingly silly in the second half. The three-star rating I give this overall is not to reflect my opinion on this as 'average', it's an uncertain compromise for a book I was eventually uncertain about.

This novel is pseudo-autobiographical in tone, dealing with a writer called Bret Easton Ellis who became famous at a young age for writ
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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, incapace di man
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David Manns
Jul 20, 2011 David Manns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Israel
May 25, 2007 Israel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nicholas Beinn
This is interesting and funny, but doesn't touch his best works. I wonder if his editor would have been as forgiving to a debut novelist - I noted on occasion the word 'suddenly' repeated page on page, to the extent I started to wonder it Ellis was daring me to think he was a lazy writer. Given the plot (in which Ellis plays a spoilt, selfish, hack version of himself) I suppose this is possible, but it doesn't make for a particularly great read.

I would recommend this, but if you haven't read Ame
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R.
Dec 05, 2015 R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I first began reading this book at a Borders outside Philadelphia in August 2005, not too long, perhaps even within the very same week, of its publication. The first chapter "the beginnings" is a marvelous parade of literary gossip, all neon and candy - Ellis guides the reader through the downward spiral of his Glamorama book tour. As stated in other reviews at this website, this chapter is the chief highlight of the novel and can stand alone, feeding and fueling the desire of lit-fanatics who d ...more
Simon P
May 04, 2016 Simon P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book by a fine writer.

It's also very odd, a bit post-modern, kind of a cheesy homage to Stephen King, and maybe a little disappointing in its purposeful lack of resolution.
It was a surprise from its excellent self-deprecating memoir start to its introspective allegorical finish, with some moments of genius interspersed with moments when I wondered if "satire" wasn't Ellis' euphemism for "cliche". You get a sense that the author and protagonist struggle with deep meaning, and th
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Miriam
Apr 28, 2015 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Listening to James Van Der Beek read this was AWESOME. He fit the flat affect of the narrator so well. This will have spoilers, I'm sure.

The first chapter of this book, deconstructing all of Bret Easton Ellis's previous first sentences and relaying a mock-autobiographical set-up for the novel, was GENIUS. Nothing could live up to that for the rest of the book.

In general, I enjoyed the story. The flat affect of the reading and the selfishness of the narrator made me doubt his sincerity in trying
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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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