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Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis
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Jan 10, 12

Read in January, 2012

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 his illegitmately-conceived son. As the normal progresses, you find yourself empathising with Ellis through his madness.

The line between slightly-accurate satire and pure supernaturalish fiction is blurred as the novel goes on. Ellis' personal demons concerning drug addiction and his failed relationship with his father (and son) are projected into a bizarre, reality-bending supernatural tale. His social criticisms focus this time on he abuse and use of perscription drugs by children, which drives their disconnection them from reality and those around them.

While I did enjoy this book, and fairly raced through it, some parts were better than others. There are dashes of Ellis' brilliance; sometimes the walked line between reality and unreality is done expertly. Other times the balance comes off as less genuine and a little contrived, like a Stephen King homage of questionable authenticity.

Regardless, the book was fun. Just don't take it too seriously.

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