The Rules of Attraction
Set at a small, affluent liberal-arts college in New England at the height of the Reagan 80s, The Rules of Attraction is a startlingly funny, kaleidoscopic novel about three students with no plans for the future--or even the present--who become entangled in a curious romantic triangle. Bret... show more
Set at a small, affluent liberal-arts college in New England at the height of the Reagan 80s, The Rules of Attraction is a startlingly funny, kaleidoscopic novel about three students with no plans for the future--or even the present--who become entangled in a curious romantic triangle. Bret Easton Ellis trains his incisive gaze on the kids at self-consciously bohemian Camden College and treats their sexual posturings and agonies with a mixture of acrid hilarity and compassion while exposing the moral vacuum at the center of their lives.Lauren changes boyfriends every time she changes majors and still pines for Victor who split for Europe months ago and she might or might not be writing anonymous love letter to ambivalent, hard-drinking Sean, a hopeless romantic who only has eyes for Lauren, even if he ends up in bed with half the campus, and Paul, Lauren's ex, forthrightly bisexual and whose passion masks a shrewd pragmatism. They waste time getting wasted, race from Thirsty Thursday Happy Hours to Dressed To Get Screwed parties to drinks at The Edge of the World or The Graveyard. The Rules of Attraction is a poignant, hilarious take on the death of romance.
Publish date: June 30th 1998
Pages no: 283
Edition language: English
Note: The review below was taken from my Goodreads account. "No one ever likes the right person," I say."That's not true," he says. "I like you."That's not exactly what I meant or wanted to hear, but I ask him earnestly, "Do you?"There's a pause. "Sure. Why not?" he says. I really like Ellis's w...
I started off with high expectations of this book, and at the start I was enjoying the book, but by the end it was a bit of a struggle, thus the three stars.The book was well constructed and well written. The idea of seeing the same scene from different perspectives, and following on one scene to th...
I preferred the movie. i never prefer the movie.
The Rules of Attraction is one of the rare exceptions to my belief that books are always better than their film adaptations. I watched the film when it was first released in 2002 and loved it! (The DVD is now part of my collection.) But I didn't read the book until December 2010. I should've waited ...
Ah, Camden College. My first references to it came through Ellis' other books, but I soon found out about its links to authors Donna Tartt and Jill Eisenstadt, and apparently Jonathan Lethem too. From Rockaway was my first real introduction to the Camden, it wasn't a fantastic book, but decent, so i...