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Glamorama

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  19,716 ratings  ·  805 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.

Set in 90s Manhattan, Victor Ward, a model with perfect abs and all the right friends, is seen and ph
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Paperback, 546 pages
Published March 21st 2000 by Vintage (first published 1998)
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Fede You have to read the previous paragraph to understand what that line means. Victor is spellbound by a mural - a mountain under a starry sky - and in…moreYou have to read the previous paragraph to understand what that line means. Victor is spellbound by a mural - a mountain under a starry sky - and in his allucinated dream he sees his future as a mountain to climb, in search of unknown roads and places. Mountain and stars become the symbol of Victor's rediscovered sense of reality. They're 'real' indeed, his mind finally focusing on something tangible and ready to start again. (less)

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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 a
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Supreeth
Bret Easton Ellis is my literary hero but I don't really recommend him to anyone. This is the only Bret Easton Ellis book with a plot; his longest work so far, and definitely the hardest book in terms of difficulty to read. It's downright disgusting, creepy and ugly. I'm not even denying it, but that's what I normally dig, so it works. Don't judge me, I've Oscar Wilde backing me up.

'At first I was confused by what passed for love in this world: people were discarded because they were too old o
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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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Crystal West
Jul 02, 2007 rated it it was ok
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 b
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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?
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Patrick
Jan 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Roof Beam Reader (Adam)
Oct 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Glamorama is a twisted, disgusting, brilliant parody of all that was the early-1990s. 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 bril ...more
Eugene
Aug 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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 of every ...more
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
Mimi
Oct 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
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 thIS book is about, I think... 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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Rachel Louise Atkin
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-york, 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
Joe
May 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
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 an
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Matthew Vaughn
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
H.nauen
Jun 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Benson Lott
Oct 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Andy
Apr 02, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Rereading this for the fourth or fifth time, and it gets better and better. This is my bible.

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And again.
Bob Wake
Mar 03, 2013 rated it liked it
[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 der
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Mathew
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
[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
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Marissa Barbieri
Aug 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.
Matt
Jun 26, 2013 rated it did not like it

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
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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 st
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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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Sarah
Aug 20, 2008 rated it did not like it
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 m
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Shane Ver Meer
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought Lunar Park was where the horror-thriller writing peaked for Ellis, but oh lawd was I mistaken. This one is bizarre, to put in vague and uncertain terms. There's a sub-plot I particularly enjoyed concerning a film crew. I find it hard to say much about this one without spoiling it. If you already like his other works then go for it, but if you weren't sold by another of his novels already, then I doubt this will be the one to do it.
widgetoc
Aug 02, 2007 rated it liked it
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
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.
Razvan Zamfirescu
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Nate
May 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
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 Ellis is: a satirist. When the char
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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 sud
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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 enjoy it. The novels ...more
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