Bret Ellis, the narrator of Lunar Park, is the bestselling writer whose first novel Less Than Zero catapulted him to international stardom while he was still in college. In the years that followed he found himself adrift in a world of wealth, drugs, and fame, as well as dealing with the unexpected death of his abusive father. After a decade of decadence a chance for salvation arrives; the chance to reconnect with an actress he was once involved with, and their son. But almost immediately his new life is threatened by a freak sequence of events and a bizarre series of murders that all seem to connect to Ellis’s past. His attempts to save his new world from his own demons makes Lunar Park Ellis’s most suspenseful novel.
In this chilling tale reality, memoir, and fantasy combine to create not only a fascinating version of this most controversial writer but also a deeply moving novel about love and loss, parents and children, and ultimately forgiveness.
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Ellis's shocking exposs of Reagan-era excesses and emptiness (e.g., Less Than Zero ) have often been assumed autobiographical. Here, he goes one step further and becomes his own fictional character ... Read full review
What on earth have I been thinking? How long ago was it that I read Less Than Zero and, far more importantly, American Psycho? How has it taken me three years to arrive at Lunar Park? This book confirms Ellis as the master satirist and cultural critique of his generation of writers. The only person to give him any competition whatsoever may be Chuck Palahunick.
And how pretentious the characterization of this text is: this is a work of fiction. Only one much more sure of authorial intention than myself would venture to apply such a definitive tag. How about something more like "creative non-fiction?" Indeed, there is far too much truth in this book to call it fiction, a figment of imagination. I challenge you to locate a book that gives any better socio-psychological account of the paradigm of the normal suburban family. The only character who rebels against the normalization of suburbia is no less a personality than the author himself; yes, the Bret Easton Elis gives us the scoop on suburban psychopathology.
I recall a particular critique of American Psycho, which argued that the book was worthless and could not but be so. This assertion was premised on the fact that everything was meaningless, and we all know that you cannot create meaning from meaninglessness, don't we? Or, do we? Indeed, the most effective and objective explanation of the human condition is that we are the pawns of contingency, pure and simple. There is no pre-given universal standard according to which the human race should conduct itself. Thus, everything is given as pure contingency, absolute chaos, and meaninglessness. The challenge of the human condition is to employ the materials of Fortuna in a productive way, in such a way that we create a sense of significance for ourselves and the particular world in which we live. Moreover, this is, by definition, a never-ending task.
The problem with the suburban paradigm is that it begins and ends with contingency. This is not to say that there are no prevailing norms, for there surely are; unfortunately, they are pre-given, accepted as a matter of historical declaration. For example, everyone dresses in their designer clothes, all of the kids have televisions, cellphones, the most expensive garments with which to cover themselves with, and, most importantly, the best pharmacologically constructed personalities that money can buy. Though the perfect parents protect their kids from the vicissitudes of city fashions with its cripplingly infinite number of possible combinations, they fail miserably to set an example for taking the accidental and making it UNFINISHED