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We'll slide down the surface of things . . . From his first novel--Less Than Zero, published when he was still a college student--to his most recent--the fierceAmerican PsychoBret Easton Ellis has been a powerful and original presence in contemporary literature, whether giving voice to a previously inchoate generation or provoking a controversy that raged throughout the culture. Now he takes a quantum leap forward: an awesome reckoning of the American Century at endgame. InGlamorama, a young man in what is recognizably fashion- and celebrity-obsessed Manhattan is gradually, imperceptibly drawn into a shadowy looking-glass of that society, there and in London and Paris, and then finds himself trapped on the other side, in a much darker place where fame and terrorism and family and politics are inextricably linked and sometimes indistinguishable. At once implicated and horror-stricken, his ways of escape blocked at every turn, he ultimately discovers--back on the other, familiar side--that there was no mirror, no escape, no world but this one in which hotels implode and planes fall from the sky. Time and again, the novel confounds one's expectations of it, and Bret Ellis accomplishes the transitions from comic to surreal to horrific to humane with astonishing confidence. Matching ambition with artistic maturity,Glamoramais at once hilarious, savage in its worldly observation, and compassionate in its vision: a defining novel of our times.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375404122
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ellis
Characteristics: 481 p. ; 25 cm


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Oct 25, 2016

As a novelist, Ellis really needs to take some serious creative writing courses.

Dec 15, 2013

This is my second book by Easton Ellis and I should know by now that it will make me squirm. There are some particularly gruesome scenes that make gore horror seem like a walk in the park - but these are my limitations that don't necessarily take away from the book itself. The construction from the incredibly frivolous world of celebrities to the sophisticated international espionage scene is quite compelling and the book picks up in pace to the point where the 500+ pages actually fly by.
I had trouble with the plot, but this sense of imbalance is what makes this story powerful. Added to this is the imagery of coldness and confetti, the music and the smells, which really appeal to all sense and the reader is overwhelmed by glitz and fear.
One thing is certain: this book will leave no one indifferent.


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