The writing's good, so why only 2 stars? I found very little to like about Less than Zero. The book is filled with selfish, vacuous, unlikeable charac...moreThe writing's good, so why only 2 stars? I found very little to like about Less than Zero. The book is filled with selfish, vacuous, unlikeable characters. The characters don't care, so why should we?
Ok so, it's a dark satire about directionless 'Generation X' kids who, though they have it all financially, have little else. Their parents are absent, even when physically present, so you're not altogether surprised they've ended up this way. The main character, Clay, has returned from college, for the holidays, to spend Christmas at home in morally-bankrupt LA. He, along with everyone else he meets, is just going through the motions and has no sense of purpose. Much of the behaviour is self-destructive and increasingly degenerate, but there's no passion, no real conviction, they're all just drifting aimlessly. (Yes, I understand that this is the point and that the book reflects Ellis's views on contemporary society, but that doesn't mean to say I like it!)
It is occasionally (ok, on very rare occasions) funny, but more often, simply bleak and depressing. This doesn't bode well for 'American Psycho', maybe I'll give that one a miss......(less)
Much to recommend it, but not exactly 'enjoyable'. I've seen the film so was aware of what to expect (couldn't get the image of Malcolm McDowell out o...moreMuch to recommend it, but not exactly 'enjoyable'. I've seen the film so was aware of what to expect (couldn't get the image of Malcolm McDowell out of my head...)
It took a while to get passed the horrorshow slag which litters every sentence (my copy did not have a glossary as some seem to), but after a few chapters I stopped viddying it.
I expected it to be more shocking somehow - I feel the slang distanced the reader from the 'ultra-violence' - which in hindsight is probably a good thing. It definitely sits on the same shelf as Nineteen Eighty-Four & Brave New World. Would I recommend it? yes, but with reservations(less)
The Dice Man is a book I'd heard about and was happy to read when it was suggested for book club. It started off well; a depressed psychiatrist roles...moreThe Dice Man is a book I'd heard about and was happy to read when it was suggested for book club. It started off well; a depressed psychiatrist roles a dice to determine his fate, starting a random chain of events that challenge his identity and steer him further and further from his comfortable middle class life. In it's anarchic and comic way, the novel asks why we stick to the narrow scripted roles we're familiar with, when we have the ability to chose from a much wider range of life's possibilities? Where do the boundaries lie between what is sane and insane? etc etc . Sounds quite good? Well, you've only heard half of it....
It's funny in places, but not funny enough to stretch over 500 pages. After the half way mark it becomes rather repetitious. I disliked most of the characters and the women, were just there so that Luke, the main character, could have plenty of sex. Yes, there is PLENTY of sex in this novel, but it's very technical and seriously UNsexy and after a while it's just boring... This is such a blokes' book. A young, arrogant, sexist kind of a bloke at that! I should have noticed the quote on the cover, before I started: 'Novelist of the Century' according to LOADED Magazine.... The other thing is that it feels SOOOO dated. It was written in 1971 and you can really tell. Supposedly 'shocking' and 'revelatory', I really felt I'd been there before. It reminds me a little of Catch-22, but not half as good.(less)