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Glamorama

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  13,142 ratings  ·  635 reviews
The author of American Psycho and Less Than Zero continues to shock and haunt us with his incisive and brilliant dissection of the modern world.In his most ambitious and gripping book yet, Bret Easton Ellis takes our celebrity obsessed culture and increases the volume exponentially.

Victor Ward, a model with perfect abs who exists in magazines and gossip columns and whose l
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ebook, 562 pages
Published June 9th 2010 by Vintage (first published 1998)
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Crystal West
Aug 10, 2007 Crystal West rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zombies
Cover Story: Fashion Models and B-class celebrities turned International Terrorists!

Or………… Wait! Do these plastic explosives match my Armani? Call the camera crew. We have to go back to wardrobe! Reset the timer. And….where’s my Zanex?
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OMG. ummmm……..*yawn?

This isn’t World Weekly News, but a novel that didn’t know where or how exactly to end. And I’m shocked really, because I adore Bret Easton Ellis. I also secretly enjoy World Weekly News, which could arguably, at times, be a better read than
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Greg
I read this book like eleven years ago, or maybe it was twelve, or inevitably even longer in the future. I don't remember much about it. I remember taking it out of the library, it was in the new release section, so I only had ten days to read the book. I then remember reading part of it sitting at the counter of a coffee shop that would be soon banning me from being their customer, but that has nothing to do with the book. I do remember that the part of the book which I remember reading at the ...more
Andy
Aug 22, 2008 Andy rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Oh my god, somebody help me. I'm a prisoner in a book that's a cross between "Party Monster", "Project Runway" and every annoying E! Network program that pretends it's not gay but is so gay even Logo won't touch it. Smarmy and irritating to the point where the satire has to be justified in your mind just to get through this mind rot. I've read comic books with more culture than this trash! Spamorama.
Patrick
I might actually have liked this one more than "American Psycho," now that I think about it. It's actually kind of a 90's version of what AP was to the 80's, a sort of indictment/celebration(?) of materialistic/consumer culture, at least at the begining. Featuring a main character just as vapid as Patrick Bateman, Victor Ward is a male model who spends the first 200 pages going to night clubs and hanging with tons of equally vacant celebrities. Ellis's style makes this all pretty funny, but then ...more
Eugene
if you were to ask my what my favorite work of fiction was, on most days, I would respond with Glamorama. Celebrity fashion models become terrorists. Photographs and appearances in the gossip columns of the worlds major newspapers begin to replace reality. Sex and drugs are consumed in mass quantities. Bombs go off. Celebrities die horrific deaths, told in a cold, obsessively detailed manner. There is a chapter long description of an passanger airlplane explosion that I now, unfortunately, think ...more
Mathew
[March 29 - You know it's a bad sign when you continue reading a book purely to figure out how best to describe what's wrong with it.]

Someone once said that writing a bad review of a novel is like destroying an ice cream cone with a sledgehammer. And generally I agree with that. But books that are glaringly dedicated to nothing but the machinery of commerce are begging to be smashed. Such a book is Glamorama. I don't mind the content which - a relentlessly dull litany of petty pretty people and
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Roof Beam Reader
Glamorama is a twisted, disgusting, brilliant parody of all that was the early-1990's. This book is Valley of the Dolls meets Naked Lunch meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets James Bond. Don't think the combination is possible? Think again. Ellis demonstrates a superb understanding of cultural critique and is creative enough to satirize with seriousness and hilarity simultaneously. If you can get through the first two hundred or so pages of idiotic dialogue (another stroke of narrative bri ...more
matt

Some feminist critic once criticized John Updike for being "a penis with a thesaurus".

This is a pretty devastating critique, I think. Not because it's so dead-on as much as its catchy, funny, easy to remember and makes its point with elegant precision. It's most likely totally wrong and unfair and such (I haven't read much Updike) but that also makes it kind of awesome in a sniping, political-cartoon kind of way.

Taking a page from this person (I think it was Kate Millet?) I'm going to say ri
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Michelle
Although Ellis follows his familiar intriguing style, I found myself loving and loathing this book at the same time. There were times I just wanted to finish so that I could be done and others when I genuinely wanted to finish the story.
Following the young, rich, and hip for way too long, this book seems to offer too many details; some of them make sense later, others just seem like a way to add pop culture references. I found myself skimming over paragraphs that seemed to be placed just to sho
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Joe
May 26, 2007 Joe rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: B. E-E. lovers only!
I remember that I had to quit in the middle of this book because it felt like the world was collapsing in on itself. And literally, Glamorama does. It is so dense, that just like a black hole, it sucks everything in, even gravity.
It is the story of Victor post-Camden, now a high profile model/celebutante!?! This is the reason why I picked it up. I love how B.E.E. makes for creating a whole new world for his characters. The novel is half espionage and half drug-induced. If you want to escape into
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bick
Aug 02, 2007 bick rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cynics
the book that ?might? have preceded zoolander is a tour de force about the banalities of the 90's, much like American Psycho was to the 80's, along with cameos from Patrick Bateman, Ben Stiller, and Christian Bale, this book hums along at a crazy pace, leaving no possible ambiguity due to the ending. (as opposed to American Psycho.)

Written in 1996, it's interesting to see that 2000's movie version of American Psycho stars Christian Bale. Interesting turn of events, that.

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Mike Kleine
How to put this?

GLAMORAMA is many many things. GLAMORAMA is one very very long novel; GLAMORAMA is one of those books you’ll probably find on a 500-level English MA course; GLAMORAMA is not easy to read and GLAMORAMA is something of a work of genius. Now, it may not be as lengthy as say, Adam Levin’s THE INSTRUCTIONS or Don DeLillo’s UNDERWORLD but GLAMORAMA has so much going on behind the scenes and so much that is ultimately left unexplained to the reader and features so many different charac
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Bob Wake
[Reviewed in 1999]

Bret Easton Ellis’s literary voice emerged fully-formed in his first novel, Less Than Zero, published to acclaim in 1985 when he was 20 years old and still a student at Bennington College. In stark minimalist prose Ellis chronicled the desultory world of wealthy L. A. teenagers living a hollow existence of drugs, soulless sex, casual violence, and consumer extravagance. Comparisons to F. Scott Fitzgerald and a latter day “lost generation” were drowned out by the more derisive l
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Guy Portman
{Contains Some Spoilers}

Victor Ward aka Victor Johnson is a male model living in Nineteen-nineties Manhattan. Victor is a vapid, soulless character, devoid of meaningful content, obsessed by celebrity culture and living an existence that revolves around social connections and physical appearance, abdominals being a particular obsession.
Prior to moving to New York, Victor attended the illustrious Camden College, which is evidently a haunt of the elite with many of Camden’s former students resid
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Sarah
Oct 06, 2008 Sarah rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cokeheads, Pillheads, Sadists, Voyeur's, Scenesters
This book is so tiresome. It drones on and on.

Where do I even begin with this book. It's really not worth me spending too much time on, however, I want revenge on this book. It's not fair that I wasted so much time on it. Life is too short. It's really long (about 540 pages) and the first 337 pages are so terrible. I wanted to put it down after page 60, but I was reading this with a book club, so I decided to attempt to stick with it. It only got worse and worse and more boring and more pointles
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Jason.frisbie
A guy I know, Cliff, and I were at the Trolley Stop knocking back some nasty dollar drafts and talking about obscure noize music ("Black Dice is okay, but Daughters blow their shit out of the water"), when we somehow got on the subject of school and our English degrees, and he brought up books and specifically Bret Easton Ellis.
"I loved American Psycho, but Glamorama just didn't hit it for me, you know?" I told him.
"Ugh! You're kidding me!" He held his head with his free hand and made a sudden a
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Benson Lott
I have read this book many times and of course the first time through, much like with Imperial Bedrooms, I felt overwhelmed. Mr. Ellis is the most gifted writer I have read. His attention to detail borderlines on obsessive compulsive and yet he spins it all in such a way that I felt mesmerized. I cannot recommend his work enough. However, there are many who probably won't be able to handle his brutal honesty. Sadly, they will miss out. The deeper the cut, the more it bleeds. I appreciate anyone ...more
Nate
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG7K4O...

Here's why I hate this book. Starting with Glamorama to the present it feels like Ellis is doing an impression of himself. You could argue that the last three are slightly more bent to genre fiction. Spy/thriller/Ludlum type stuff, Horror, and noir. Which means that the story is now the more prominent plot device. With LtZ, RoA and AP you didn't really have a destination. You had sketches of characters. And that works well with satire. And that's what Elli
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Tom Bensley
"Reading Bret Easton Ellis' Glamorama is like being dragged down a vicious river. From the moment you've fallen in, the churning, tossing and tumbling confuses you so much that you don't even know where you are, and trying to escape is no longer a conceivable thought."

I wrote this late at night after I'd first started reading this book. It's a little dramatic, sure, but the book certainly had this kind of effect on me. The countless names of celebrities, trendy night clubs and places to have lun
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Bradley
so good.

it took 300 pages for me to really enjoy victors character. loved ellis's tangents of ultra violence and pornographic play-by-play.

The novel is strategically misleading in a BEE fashion.

Connections are made and conclusions come to the readers understanding that explain a number of unanswered, series of events; Ellis took his time with this one (roughly 500 pages, if I remember correctly) and it shows through the stories setting changes that push the story along in both chapters and se
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Mark
May 21, 2007 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The Mad
I'm not sure what I learned from this book, hell I can't even remember half of it. It flew by in a blaze of glory and time-stops, and I must say I really enjoyed it.I remember that it is fairly disturbed, and once again the protagonist is a extremely good looking man. In fact, in this case, he's a male model. And everything is going great. Till he gets involved with terrorists. By accident.
It's an easier read than American Psycho, but let me tell you, this in an undertaking. An extremely enjoyab
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Marissa Barbieri
I'm a big fan of Ellis, and at first was fairly nonplussed by this one. Soon enough, though, I was entirely sucked in... and not just because of the chapter-long threesome scene, upon which my friend had recommended this to me. That I actually found rather unnecessary, if well done. But I digress.

After I finished, I found myself for days afterwards thinking in the frenetic staccato tone of the narrator, which is as good an indicator as any that this book is pretty kickass.
Kelly
Maddening! Will someone please explain this book to me? I think it is just brilliant - read it in 2004 and have not stopped thinking about it since. Ellis starts the book with a hysterical look at celebrity culture, then halfway through, takes you sharply down a turn into the most graphically violent scenes that I have ever read, including an airplane crash that encapsulates my fear of flying. Read it, but be ready to be tormented by it.
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My personal favorite of Ellis's works.

I had a good time with the symbolism in the book (though some of it is still somewhat confusing), the shallowness of the characters, etcetera.

My only beef with the book is that it should have ended at a point before the actual ending. It wrapped up nicely, Bret, why did you have to go and add more?

Like pretty much everything written by Bret Easton Ellis, it's not for everyone.
Sherrie
This is the worst book I have ever read from cover to cover. I will never read another Bret Easton Ellis book again. I'm sure he's heartbroken.
Patrick
Rereading this for the fourth or fifth time, and it gets better and better. This is my bible.
Myles
I've heard people complain about how difficult it is to read Vanity Fair with its numerous references to the culture and politics of the early 19th century, but Thackeray has nothing on Ellis. Glamorama threatens to be impenetrable in five years.

The book is saturated with the names of the famous and pseudo-famous, song lyrics and artists, name brands and soft drinks; so much so that it puts American Psycho's Patrick Bateman to shame. Ellis appeared to be ahead of the curve here again and produci
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Kristan
Bad, bad, bad, bad; I simply cannot take another page. I'm nearly half way through, but I refuse to continue. A model/club manager is trying to open a club during most of the first half of the book. Apparently, in the second half of the book he gets pulled into some sort of terrorist plot, but I can't wait it out. I just don't get it. Victor, the club owner thinks that a camera crew is always following him with a director directing his communications with people; he sees confetti everywhere he g ...more
Ryan
Like Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho, his novel Glamorama is a satire of a certain type of culture (and one that's too similar to Psycho to be truly enjoyable): this time it's celebrities, mainly the models that appear on the cover and inside the pages of any fashion magazine on the rack. Unfortunately--being obsessed with clothing, restaurants, clubs and music--it's barely different that Psycho's look at Wall Street.

Our unreliable narrator is Victor Ward, a new "it" model that eats Xanax l
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