In stark minimalist prose Ellis chronicled the desultory world of wealthy Los Angeles 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 label of "brat pack" that was soon attached to Ellis and several other hot young s authors with splashy book contracts, in particular Jay McInerney Bright Lights, Big City and Tama Janowitz Slaves of New York. American Psycho is narrated by Patrick Bateman, 26 year-old investment broker and serial murderer.
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In stark minimalist prose Ellis chronicled the desultory world of wealthy Los Angeles 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 label of "brat pack" that was soon attached to Ellis and several other hot young s authors with splashy book contracts, in particular Jay McInerney Bright Lights, Big City and Tama Janowitz Slaves of New York.
American Psycho is narrated by Patrick Bateman, 26 year-old investment broker and serial murderer. The novel was eventually published by Random House as a Vintage paperback amid protests that it be boycotted. Furthermore, as if to save us the ordeal, he even recommended that readers could skip most of it once they understood that the book was reducible to the following narrative schemata: "Shopping, shopping, shopping, clothes, clothes, clothes, sex, sex, murder, shopping, shopping, clothes, murder…" The surprise of his ambitious new page novel, Glamorama, is that Ellis has reinvigorated his style with a more reader-friendly comic energy and a hapless Candide-like protagonist.
Victor Ward is a typical Ellis character in many ways: a male-model and New York dance club promoter living a pampered life of easy money, easy drugs, and easy sex with multiple girlfriends.
Andy who? Andy Griffith? Who in the hell told you this? Andy Rooney? The story then proceeds to add a few more dimensions, both figuratively and literally. The satire is rich: the clueless Victor is suddenly set down in the middle of an espionage thriller with overtones of everything from Hitchcock and James Bond to spoofy films like Modesty Blaise and Austin Powers.
He unwittingly joins an international terrorist cell — while, at the same time, acting in a movie about an international terrorist cell — comprised of bomb-throwing fashion models. Ellis never shies away from detailing the carnage that ensues from deadly explosions in a crowded Paris cafe, or a train, or a in flight.
Ellis would no doubt approve of us skipping over the stomach-churning passages in Glamorama once we get the "point" that real violence is repulsive. The ideology of the terrorists is never specified and Ellis demurs from offering anything like the critique of right-wing politics that kept American Psycho focused in its outrage.
Psycho-killer Patrick Bateman makes a sick-joke cameo appearance in Glamorama. Is Glamorama for everyone? Not a chance.
September 29, Web posted at: p. Can the pursuit of the cool, the now, the happening of the moment overwhelm, even destroy a person? Life in this world is narrow and shallow, but very intense. Just ask Victor. The sometime-model, wannabe actor is widely known as "The It Boy.
Bret Easton Ellis
Read our review and download Glamorama PDF at the end. Glamorama Review: If you are looking for one of the most interesting and the insane thriller novels then you are in the right place. The thriller books are generally the serious type books having no or very less humor content in them. But the one we are talking about is not only going to be one of the most different ones but it is going to be one of the most amazing ones as well.
"Glamorama": Ellis im Wunderland
Ik had dit toentertijd geschreven voor een aantal mensen in mijn vriendenkring, die dit boek hadden gelezen en met wie ik er veel over discussieerde. Zelf vond ik het een briljant boek. Het was overigens het eerste wat ik van deze auteur las later heb ik ook American Psycho en Lunar Park gelezen, die mij eigenlijk alleen maar hebben gesterkt dat mijn interpretatie van toen wel degelijk klopte. Vanwege de vele gesprekken besloot ik mijn gedachten erover op papier te zetten. Zelf laat hij zich zelden eenduidig uit over zijn werk. Maar nogmaals, dit is niets meer dan een persoonlijke interpretatie. Het leven lijkt Victor toe te lachen, totdat in Engeland de actrice Jamie Fields verdwijnt.
Then Victor meets the strange and vague F. Victor takes the job and eventually finds Jamie and before he fully realizes it, he is waist-deep in the bizarre and violent happenings of an international terrorist group made up entirely of fashion models. Advertisement: The book is a pitch-black Satire of celebrity culture with a dollop of Gorn and side of Meta Fiction. It embraces several Ellis hallmarks drugs and booze galore, disaffection, meaningless sex , but offers some departures from the usual Ellis fare. This novel provides examples of: And I Must Scream : There are quite a few shocking scenes that are this.