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The Informers

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Set in Los Angeles, in the recent past. The birthplace and graveyard of American myths and dreams, the city harbours a group of people trapped between the beauty of their surroundings and their own moral impoverishment. This novel is a chronicle of their voices.
Hardcover, 225 pages
Published October 1994 by Picador (first published 1994)
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Shovelmonkey1
Feb 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who was psycho-lite
Ah Bret, I loved you so, so long ago. For anyone who has not had the mixture of pleasure, horror, disgust and loathing which is generated by the reading of American Psycho, then you should probably start here to ease your way into the dismissive, violent and destructive world which Ellis describes. I read American Psycho in one long teenage school day (under desks during class/ behind a wall at break/ on the bus home) and was amazed that this man was actually a fully functioning author and not a ...more
Joe
Dec 03, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: PEOPLE WHO LIKE STYLE OVER SUBSTANCE
This isn't a novel. It's a collection of looooooooooosely connected short stories. More recent editions of The Informers now admit to this. When I first read the novel in '94, not knowing this fact threw me off completely. I'm re-reading it now because I hear it's being turned into a movie. It will be interesting to see what comes of that. It's certianly not Ellis's best and not a place to start if you're new to his writing. A chronological reading of his work is my suggestion or if you only wan ...more
Katie Marquette
Jul 23, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sure, it looks entertaining. But, I promise you, by the time you get to the thirtieth page you'll start flipping through the pages, just to see if the 'might as well kill ourselves now' tone dies down a little as the book goes on. Surprise! It doesn't. An endless, painful, LONG look at the lives of some very spoiled, very addicted teenagers and their over medicated, surgically altered parents. It's LA at it's worst: and I'm having trouble believing that people this heartless even exist, but that ...more
Steven  Godin
Bret Easton Ellis is a writer I feel gets his fair share of criticism, sometimes I would agree, most of the time I wouldn't, he can write, no doubts about it. His work may have a small band of hardcore fans, whilst for others they just can't work him out. American Psycho is one of my favourite novels, it's misinterpreted as a horrible, disturbing, empty and pointless novel. He deserves more credit, everything in this novel has a point, despite it's nihilistic themes. The Informers picks off mome ...more
Elizabeth
Jun 05, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Joe woke up and ordered a cheese omelet only to stare at it the entire time, confused about why he ordered it in the first place when he wasn't hungry, then he went to the movies but he didn't really pay attention to the first half of it, then this goth girl was looking at him funny and he really wanted to fuck her but doesn't, and he decided to visit a friend's house and so he drove there in his super expensive sports car and drank beer and afterward he went to a club and picked up a valley gir ...more
Neil Walker
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bret Easton Ellis is of my biggest influences as an author and while this book isn’t quite on a level with the exceptional American Psycho, which is probably his masterpiece, it is still excellent and well worth reading.

The way Bret Easton Ellis captures the mindset of a certain element of society in the 1980s and pushes it to it’s logical conclusion is very much something I was trying to emulate in Drug Gang, with my chosen time period being the early 2000s.

This collection of stories set in Los
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Tfitoby
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit, short-stories
Style over substance perhaps, but there's so much style that there's still a lot of substance for those paying attention.

This one was a re-read. I only have 700 books I haven't opened yet but I just had to come back to this one. NaNoWriMo is coming up and I've had an idea running around my mind for years that could use a structure similar to this one. So I combined research with pleasure and got stuck in to the Ellis novel that I remembered most fondly from a decade ago. Amazingly it was even be
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Supreeth
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Definitely not a place to start with Bret Easton Ellis.
nick
May 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the way these short stories intertwine with one another is purely brilliant. i know a lot of people tend to not enjoy ellis' style of writing, but i think that the joy in his writing is all within the way everything is so disconnected and connected, all at the same time.

no other author can write end on end about seemingly useless facts, and still have use for them.

i know this sounds extremely contradicting, but he does the same thing throughout his other writings.

american psycho is a good examp
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Benjamin Stahl
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While revisiting Ellis’s debatable "best work", American Psycho, I found myself slightly disappointed.

On first reading it, I was in a particularly bitter frame of mind where the violence and decadency really appealed to me. Reading it again, some years later, I guess I wasn’t so angry with life, and so I found less enjoyment with Bateman’s horrific lifestyle. Like, I still gave it four stars and will always appreciate that novel - (sick and disturbing as it is) - but I was also less forgiving t
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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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“I keep feeling that people are becoming less human and more animalistic. They seem to think less and feel less so that everyone is operating on a very primitive level. I wonder what you and I will see in our lifetimes. It seems so hopeless yet we must keep on trying ... I guess we can't escape being a product of the times, can we?” 44 likes
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