Victor Ward deambula por una gelida vacuidad, entre lluvias de confeti de colores, rozando apenas relaciones personales; ajeno a que esta condenado a desvanecerse.'El autor de Menos que cero ha pasado por las drogas, las amenazas de muerte y el rechazo de la critica. Con su nueva novela, Glamourama, ha crecido y ha escrito su libro mas ambicioso ...
Victor Ward deambula por una gelida vacuidad, entre lluvias de confeti de colores, rozando apenas relaciones personales; ajeno a que esta condenado a desvanecerse.'El autor de Menos que cero ha pasado por las drogas, las amenazas de muerte y el rechazo de la critica. Con su nueva novela, Glamourama, ha crecido y ha escrito su libro mas ambicioso hasta la fecha.' Rolling Stone.'Es una lastima que este tan de moda detestar a este escritor de 34 anos, en especial cuando la novela en cuestion es un libro de lo mas ocurrente y mordaz sobre la obsesion mas frivola de esta decada: las modelos.' Time Out New York.'Bret Easton Ellis no reconoceria una buena novela aunque la escribiera el mismo. Prueba de ello es que la ha escrito el mismo.' New York Magazine.'El libro parece volverse loco mientras lo estas leyendo, pero Ellis no teme la apariencia del caos. Inventa un infierno nuevo en cada pagina. De forma misteriosa, a traves de todo este tumulto, el estilo se mantiene elegante. Da lo mismo lo trivial u horrible que sea el tema, la prosa sigue arrullandote con una puntuacio9n minima y una cantidad maxima de monosilabos.' Time Out New York.
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This book is very Bret Easton Ellis and he is well known for doing very conventional, first person narrative and then, something suddenly happens, but this time, Easton Ellis has dragged it a bit too far, nothing much happens and when it does nobody really cares. I gave up on this book and it has put me off reading any further books written by Ellis from now on.
Oct 16, 2007
Giselle meets Die Hard...
My copy of Glamorama didn't really have a blurb so I wasn't really prepared for the dramatic shift in gears throughout the book. Glamorama is pretty much a satire on our obsession with trend and fashion and celebrity. Don't be fooled though into thinking that this is simply an 'important' or 'meaningful book'; it is also laced with a knockout narrative, interesting characters and page-turning delivery. I rate this 3.5-4 stars and personally wouldn't recommend it to any of my friends! I think if you haven't read any Bret Easton Ellis (like most of my mates) then Glamorama could put you off... lol- It's like judging all of Quentin Tarantino, by his screenplay work in 'From Dusk til Dawn' (a top book or film made better with the context of other work...)
If your familiar with Ellis' writing and get into his style- this is a must read... For others- maybe hit up Less then zero or The Informers first.
Publishers Weekly, 1998-11-09 The evil twin of fellow brat-packer Jay McInerney's Model Behavior, Ellis's (The Informers) bad trip through glitterary New York has everything his fans (and critics) have come to expect: graphic sex, designer drugs, rock 'n' roll allusions, splatterpunk violence and characters as deep as 8"x10" glossies. Protagonist Victor Ward, a "model-slash-loser," is opening his own trendy Manhattan club while cheating on his supermodel girlfriend and back-stabbing his partner. After some adventures in clubland, the plot takes a turn for the paranoid. Victor is recruited by a mysterious figure, F. Fred Palakon, to track down a former girlfriend gone missing in London. There he becomes unwillingly drawn into a terrorist groupærun, like so much else in the novel, by a supermodelæthat bombs fashionable hangouts, hotels and jetliners. Throughout, Ellis clutters his hallmark proper-noun realism with excessive name-dropping and strung-out plotting. The satirist in Ellis seems to want to indict celebrity-obsessed, materialistic and superficial contemporary culture. With this novel he, perhaps unwittingly but certainly ironically, provides Exhibit A. 100,000 first printing. (Jan.)
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