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Lunar Park [Kindle Edition]

Bret Easton Ellis
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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"Addictive. . . . Sublime. . . . Exquisite. . . . Stirringly executed. . . . A phantasmagoria of love and loss, a fusion of hallucination and wisdom."-"The New York Times" "The deftness with which Ellis handles an entertaining and suspenseful plot, as well as a sophisticated play between truth and fiction, real selves and imagined selves, is impressive. "Lunar Park "is not only enjoyable and consuming, but insightful."-"San Francisco Chronicle" "John Cheever writes "The Shining," . . . A strange triumph. . . . Here is a book that progresses from darkness and banality to light and epiphany with surprising strength and sureness."-Stephen King, "Entertainment Weekly" "A mesmerizing read. . . . Genuinely frightening. . . . "Lunar Park" is a story about the momentous pain parents inflict on their children. . . . The worst violence is internal and emotional, and in its beautiful closing pages, this rich, deceptively complex novel argues that's the most damaging violence of all."-"The Miami Herald"

Good Book Guide

‘Far and away Easton’s best novel since the incredible American Psycho’

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 604 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307276910
  • Publisher: Picador (10 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FV4T6G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,841 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bret Easton Ellis is also the author of Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, American Psycho, The Informers, Glamorama, Lunar Park and Imperial Bedrooms, and his work has been translated into twenty-seven languages. He lives in Los Angeles.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting experiment in contemporary horror 22 Feb 2011
By Paul Bowes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
'Lunar Park' is a strange book - perhaps the oddest that Bret Easton Ellis has published. In effect, it re-imagines the novel of contemporary nihilism that Ellis pioneered in 'Less Than Zero' and 'American Psycho' as a tale of paranoiac domestic horror in the manner of 'Poltergeist' - a family threatened in its own home by unnatural forces.

As one might imagine, Ellis is wholly aware of the precedents, and the novel is seamed with references to contemporary horror cinema that acknowledge the second-handedness of his theme, while undercutting criticism by introducing an element of knowing postmodernist play. This is greatly reinforced by Ellis's adoption of the classic doppelgänger motif; his protagonist is a writer haunted by his own fictional creations. But Ellis doesn't stop here: instead he redoubles the atmosphere of paranoid suspicion by making this character himself a doppelgänger, a 'Bret Easton Ellis' who shares some details of the author's biography but whose fictional life then departs in significant ways from the 'real-life' template - for whose ultimate veracity we have only Ellis to trust.

The result is a book that isn't wholly successful as literature but that holds an odd fascination. In this it resembles nothing so much as the tales of H.P. Lovecraft, which have something of the same dynamic of remorselessly accumulating dread, and the same implication of an existential horror that lies unvoiced beneath the surface effects.

Ellis has made something of a motif of the wholly unreliable narrator, and here he goes further than before, offering the reader a drug-addicted and alcoholic celebrity writer as the only real source of information within the narrative.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 6 April 2009
By Lozza
Format:Paperback
I may be bias as Ellis is my all time favourite writer but i could not put this book down.
Like his previous novels, Lunar Park is intelligent, slick and cinematic and as usual the subject matter is painfully personal to the writer. I agree with other reviewers that at times it did feel like i was reading a Stephen King story but the overall tone is classic Ellis.
The only minus point i can think of is that i can't imagine it being as gripping and involving for a person who has never read any of his previous novels. If you're a fan, however, then it has to be a must read.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, dark gothic masterpiece 24 Mar 2009
Format:Paperback
This is an absolutely stunning novel: a laugh-out-loud social satire mixed with a surreal and genuinely scary horror story. Its ambiguity is entirely intentional. As with the Glamorama reviews, I'm amazed how many readers here have completely missed the point. When Ellis creates 'shallow' characters they are MEANT to be shallow. When he creates bizarre story shifts that defy logic, they are MEANT to do this. These are not failings of the author, but examples of his incredible command of language, his huge imagination, his devastatingly effective sense of humour, his bottomless capacity for parodying the worlds he scrutinises. Lunar Park was never meant to be a 'straight' novel with a standard plotline, as should be obvious from page 1. Go along with its playful mischief, its inspired gothic surrealism and its extremely dark humour and you will be in for a real treat. This is an all-time classic: one of the best 20 novels ever written. I'm off to read it again now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 10 Sep 2006
Format:Paperback
Lunar Park is a supposed autobiographic book written by the author of classic and majorly controversial books such as American Psycho, The Rules of Attraction and Less Than Zero. It is a tale of the glamorous, greedy and hedonistic lifestyle of a highly successful and famous author and the troubles he faces leaving that lifestyle for mundane suburbia. Throughout the book drugs, cocaine especially, is a major part of Easton Ellis' life, one which brings the greatest joys and relief's but also creates the greatest struggles and reveals the darkest sides of the author.

After leaving his troubled and abusive father for a college place at a specialist writing college, Easton Ellis begins to pursue his career as a successful author. At the age of twenty he finds fame and fortune with the success of his debut book, Less Than Zero. This is when Easton Ellis addictive lifestyle begins to take full swing, describing the wealth, the parties, the cocaine and the sex life involving famous models and Hollywood actresses.

His life takes a major turn when he meets his future wife and famous actress Jayne Dennis. He becomes clean from drink and drugs; they marry and move to suburban Connecticut, where life is not as simple and innocent as it seems. As soon as they arrive the married dream begins to fall apart; Easton Ellis relapses, young boys from the neighbourhood begin to disappear, his daughters `Terby' Doll seems to be alive and after Easton Ellis. But most unbelievably his most infamous creation, Patrick Bateman, the American Psycho has apparently come to life, stalking the neighbourhood causing mayhem through his grotesque copycat American Psycho murders . The question that brings such trouble to the reader is; is this purely a drug induced hallucination, is it purely a lie or is it in fact the truth?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
bought this as a present it was requested and very well received
Published 2 months ago by alice allabarton
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving
Admittedly this isn't by a longshot my favourite BEE novel. It took me a bit longer to get into and I didn't think it was quite as gripping as some of the others. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Reagar
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Stephen King
This is the first Bret Easton Ellis book I have read and, had it not been for the fact I enjoyed the film version of American Psycho, I would not be as earger to read his other... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Reeney
4.0 out of 5 stars "Look how black the sky is," the writer said, "I made it that way."
I wonder if Bret Easton Ellis ever logs into Amazon & reads these customer reviews?

If so, I'd like him to know that I the final few pages of Lunar Park moved me to... Read more
Published on 19 Nov 2012 by Rooksby
5.0 out of 5 stars Bret Easton Ellis Brillance Keeps Shining
Quirky, left of centre parabolic novel that provides a backdrop in part to Bret's earlier live that's fuelled with egotism, narcissism amongst many other proud self-absorbed... Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2012 by Michael Desmond
5.0 out of 5 stars this is not horror
this is not a horror novel... it is quite simply a great novel, from a great writer. Yes there are flaws but there are also dizzying heights that other writers never reach. Read more
Published on 5 Nov 2011 by william
5.0 out of 5 stars Good!
The physical aspects of this book are really nice, from the hardcover and underneath picture to the box case it slides it to that protects the book. Read more
Published on 12 Jun 2011 by Rich1987
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, don't believe the hype
I read American Psycho many years ago, and I came to Lunar Park with high hopes after reading other customers' reviews. Read more
Published on 13 May 2011 by Jose Sanchis
5.0 out of 5 stars unexpected masterpiece
I really wasn't prepared for the marvellousness of this novel.What starts as an interesting insight in the mind and pointlessness of the author's life, filled with generous doses... Read more
Published on 21 Oct 2010 by Nikolaos Oikonomidis
1.0 out of 5 stars Not terby repeated I hope
I felt cheated when I read this load of contractual tripe. Mr Easton Ellis himself declared that he just tried to write a simple horror story. Last resort of a tired mind methinks. Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2009 by edmundo
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