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Glamorama

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  16,519 Ratings  ·  742 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
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ebook, 562 pages
Published June 9th 2010 by Vintage (first published 1998)
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Lisa
Pure disgust for humanity, in every single sentence.

Might be true, in certain ways, might be well written, but it made me feel subhuman and aggressively angry for weeks. I do not see any point in immersing oneself in this kind of violent, sex-driven hate relationships, based on a primitive animal instinct to mate and kill.

I have read many dark accounts of humankind's degeneration, but this is just filth. And a desire to shock an audience that has heard, seen and read it all, and thus needs more
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Crystal West
Jul 02, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  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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Leo Robertson
- Hi Leo.
- Hi Leo.
- Are you seriously gonna do this?
- Yeah I’ve got a friend who will likely read this whom I’m hoping will find it funny that I’ve done this ahahahah.
- What have you been reading Leo?
- Stop saying my name. It’s creepy. I actually tried another Bret Easton Ellis book thinking I’d enjoy it. Wanted to give the guy another chance.
- Hah! Not content with people taking advantage of your meekness IRL, you’re now extending the courtesy to books?
- It’s too easy for you to dislike me, man
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Mike Kleine
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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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M.
Oct 12, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What? Did we end up hating each other? Did we end up the way we thought we always knew would? Did I end up wearing khakis because of that fucking ad?

This quote sums up what the rest of the book is about, but don't take my word for it because I have no idea what this book is about. The brief summary is it's about beautiful people with some celebrity status being careless with their lives and then are surprised when nothing turns out the way they'd hoped. There's also something about a convoluted
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Greg
May 26, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Roof Beam Reader (Adam)
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
Patrick
Jan 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2002
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
Aug 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Andy
Apr 02, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  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.
Mathew
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
[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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Matt

Some feminist critic (I think it was Kate Millet) 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 accurate as much as it's 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, to be honest) but that also makes it kind of awesome in a sniping, political-cartoon kind of way.

Taking a page from this p
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Joe
May 15, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  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 rated it really liked it  ·  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.

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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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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Patrick
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rereading this for the fourth or fifth time, and it gets better and better. This is my bible.

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And again.
Rachel Louise Atkin
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
After finishing this book I went to bed and stared at the ceiling for ages just like... "What the f**k?" Glamorama is not only a satire of the film/modelling agency and celebrity culture, but also explores the threats of terrorism and surveillance. The first third paints a bleak portrait of the 90s high life. Victor Ward is a model, unsympathetic and shallow but represents everything about 90s minimalism and desensitisation. The importance rests on celebrity names - the only important this is wh ...more
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
Aug 20, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  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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Benson Lott
Oct 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Marissa Barbieri
Aug 19, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Matthew Vaughn
This could be my new favorite BEE novel, I may have to give Lunar Park another read before I can say for sure though. Yeah, it took a little bit to really get going, but once it did I was sucked in.
Razvan Zamfirescu
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H.nauen
Jun 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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keatssycamore
I didn't think this was a successful novel but it has ideas about celebrity and spectacle that are of this moment and interesting. I'm not sure that what he's trying to say about those things is coherent. Those ideas ultimately feel underdeveloped because he's determined that the novel must also be about his "signatures" - The graphic violence that I find disgusting and unbelievable as well as the graphic superficiality that I find disgusting and believable. And the brands. So many brands. Maybe ...more
widgetoc
Aug 02, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Feb 28, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
카 트리 나
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Glamorama e o carte dură, dar nici realitatea nu se lasă mai prejos.

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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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