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Less Than Zero - Bret Easton Ellis
Less Than Zero
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Set in Los Angeles in the early 1980's, this coolly mesmerizing novel is a raw, powerful portrait of a lost generation who have experienced sex, drugs, and disaffection at too early an age, in a world shaped by casual nihilism, passivity, and too much money a place devoid of feeling or hope. ... show more
Set in Los Angeles in the early 1980's, this coolly mesmerizing novel is a raw, powerful portrait of a lost generation who have experienced sex, drugs, and disaffection at too early an age, in a world shaped by casual nihilism, passivity, and too much money a place devoid of feeling or hope. Clay comes home for Christmas vacation from his Eastern college and re-enters a landscape of limitless privilege and absolute moral entropy, where everyone drives Porches, dines at Spago, and snorts mountains of cocaine. He tries to renew feelings for his girlfriend, Blair, and for his best friend from high school, Julian, who is careering into hustling and heroin. Clay's holiday turns into a dizzying spiral of desperation that takes him through the relentless parties in glitzy mansions, seedy bars, and underground rock clubs and also into the seamy world of L.A. after dark.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780679781493 (0679781498)
ASIN: 679781498
Publisher: Vintage Books
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
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riley
riley rated it
3.5 An '80s Catcher in the Rye?
On some level, this feels like an '80s LA Catcher in the Rye, albeit with richer and older kids, and drugs and prostitution. I feel like this may have been Ellis' intent, I also think that the acclaim that greeted it upon its release likely was due, in part to that comparison, however misguided. Hol...
Lornographic Material
Lornographic Material rated it
4.0 Less Than Zero Review
Less Than Zero is an affecting ridealong in a car full of coke-addled rich kids. The ending is properly shocking. I was, as was intended, thoroughly disgusted, as I'm sure you will be too. I didn't like a single character. The book has all the appeal of a trainwreck that causes a chemical spill at y...
Lovica
Lovica rated it
2.0 Less Than Zero
3 stars for writing and 1 star for structure.I can appreciate the well rendered voice and harsh vision of 80's hedonism among Hollywood rich kids, but I wouldn't call this a good book. Some of the writing is good; some of the characters (mostly the protagonist) feel real; some of the scenes are evoc...
Michael's Book Babble
Michael's Book Babble rated it
5.0 Bleak and depressing... so of course you know I loved it
I think Bret Easton Ellis' Less Than Zero was not only my introduction to him, but it was also, I think, the first book I read where the narration was in present tense. Might seem awkward at first, but it really flowed. Later on, I'd end up trying my hand at writing short stories that way, and I rea...
JeffreyParis
JeffreyParis rated it
I re-read this as a prelude to reading Imperial Bedrooms, wanting to remember the characters a bit better in order to see how they are later re-imagined. There is so much to praise in Less Than Zero, though Ellis' youth in the end limits the sophistication of the pared down language. He is so adep...
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