Imagine becoming a bestselling novelist while still in college and almost immediately famous and wealthy, and then seeing your insufferable father reduced to a bag of ashes in a safety-deposit box, even as your celebrity drowns in a sea of vilification, booze, and drugs. Imagine having a second chance, as the Bret Easton Ellis of this remarkable ...
Imagine becoming a bestselling novelist while still in college and almost immediately famous and wealthy, and then seeing your insufferable father reduced to a bag of ashes in a safety-deposit box, even as your celebrity drowns in a sea of vilification, booze, and drugs. Imagine having a second chance, as the Bret Easton Ellis of this remarkable novel is given. Now married to the mother of his previously unacknowledged son and living in the suburban hinterlands, Ellis here recounts the unraveling of this new life. He glimpses a disturbing (fictional) character at his fateful Halloween party, and a car identical to his late father's; his stepdaughter's doll violently 'malfunctions', and their house undergoes bizarre transformations. Connecting these aberrations to graver events - a series of grotesque murders, and the epidemic disappearance of young boys - Ellis struggles to defend his family even as his wife, their therapists, and the police insist that his apprehensions are rooted instead in substance abuse and egomania. "Lunar Park" confounds one expectation after another, passing through comedy and mounting psychological and supernatural horror toward an astonishing resolution - about love and loss, fathers and sons - in what is surely the most powerfully original and moving novel of an extraordinary career.
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Lunar Park is a unique twist of fact and fiction. Elis crafts a fictitious life around the basic truths in his life. In Lunar Park the main character is Bret Easton Ellis who has written Less Than Zero, American Psycho, and Glamorama. When a personal tragedy occurs ellis is forced to grow up and move to the suburbs and become a family man. Not long into this lifestyle bizzare events seem to be haunting ellis. Basically a tale of relationships and forgiveness with the common ellis style attached to it this novel falls short of his previous work. I definately see some influence from Danielewski's House Of Leaves intentional or not it is in there. If you are looking for the same shocking scenes you experienced in American Psycho you will not find them here. Still worth reading i emjoyed the change of pace for an ellis book.
May 17, 2007
Ellis writing horror? I'm not buying it.
Lunar Park reads like a cross between House of Leaves and The Dark Half. Whereas those were both very chiling reads, Lunar Park is not and instead comes across as an indulgent self promoting gimic. Ellis casts himself as the protagonist and after a compelling first chapter the novel falls flat under it's ridiculously unbelievable plot. I'm not sure if it's unbelievable because it's horror and I don't think Ellis is a good horror writer or because it was just plan bad. Maybe it's a combination of both. Don't get me wrong, I am a HUGE fan of Ellis and his writing is as crisp and breezy and enjoyable as ever but the story stinks. The plot in a nutshell: Ellis' house is morphing into another house, his daughter's stuffed bird is haunted, he's receiving blank emails from his dead father, Patrick Bateman (crazy guy from American Psycho) is real and recreating the murders from American Psycho and young boys are coming up missing. Bret is constantly drunk and drugged up so we're unsure if it's real or all in his head. Ellis is a great yet stagnant writer who has essentially been rewritng the same story over and over again. I can understand wanting to branch out but this novel is disappointing, convoluted and collapses under the weight of it's ambition. Since Glamorama, Ellis is hitting a downward spiral in nonsensical bloated egomaniacal novels and Lunar Park is no exception. At one point in the novel Bret proclaims this will be his last novel. Let's hope that's true if he plans on writing more drivel like this.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-10-31 Patrick Bateman, the sociopath of American Psycho, is back, or at least Bret Easton Ellis thinks so. That's Bret Easton Ellis the character, not Bret Easton Ellis the author, except the character is also the author of American Psycho. The truth is, it's hard to sort truth from fiction in Ellis' latest novel. Van Der Beek (who starred as Sean Bateman, Patrick's younger brother in the film adaptation of Ellis's Rules of Attraction) does a fabulous job of playing a nihilistic, bored, paranoid and endlessly irresponsible writer. Though the character is drug-addled for a large portion of the book, Van Der Beek does not portray the stupor in his voice; instead he recounts Ellis's keen observations with the perfect sense of removal and lack of ownership. This distance serves well the horror genre that Ellis flirts with: the listener experiences everything through the main character's eyes, though that character has a reputation for being less than reliable. The Ellis character is done so smoothly that one may think that we are hearing Van Der Beek's natural tone. It is not until hearing him read the smaller roles of the other characters that the listener realizes the range of his capabilities. Simultaneous release with the Knopf hardcover (Reviews, June 27). (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2005-06-27 Having ridden to fame as the laureate of Reagan-era excesses, Ellis serves up a self-eviscerating apologia for all the awful things (wanton drug use, reckless promiscuity, serial murder) he worked so hard to glamorize. Narrated faux memoir style by a character named Bret Easton Ellis, author of bestsellers, L.A. native, friend to Jay McInerney, the book seeks to make obvious its autobiographical elements without actually remaining true to the facts. In the novel, Ellis marries B-list actress Jayne Dennis (with whom he'd fathered a child years earlier), moves to the New York City suburbs and begins working on his latest neo-porn shocker, Teenage Pussy, when things start to go awry. His house becomes possessed by strange, threatening spirits intent on attacking his family and transforming their home into the pink stucco green shag disaster of Ellis's childhood; a well-read stalker begins acting out, victim by victim, the plot of American Psycho; and the town becomes enthralled by a string of child abductions (oddly, only the boys are disappearing) that may or may not be the work of Ellis's son. This is a peculiar novel, gothic in tone and supernatural in conceit, whose energy is built from its almost tabloidlike connection to real life. As a spirit haunting Ellis's house tells him, "I want you to reflect on your life. I want you to be aware of all the terrible things you have done. I want you to face the disaster that is Bret Easton Ellis." Ultimately, though, the book reads less like a roman a clef than as a bizarre type of celebrity penance. The closest contemporary comparison is, perhaps, the work of Philip Roth, who went for such thinly veiled self-criticism earlier in his career, but Roth's writing succeeded on its own merits, whereas Lunar Park begs a knowledge of Ellis's celebrity and the casual misanthropy his books espoused. Yet for those familiar with Ellis's reputation, the book is mesmerizing, easily his best since Less than Zero. Maybe for the first time, Ellis acknowledges that fiction has a truth all its own and consequences all too real. It is his demons who destroy his home, break up his family and scuttle his best chance at happiness and sobriety. As a novel by anyone else, Lunar Park would be hokum, but in context, it is a fascinating look at a once controversial celebrity as a middle-aged man. Agent, Amanda Urban. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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