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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Reprint edition (16 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330440012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330440011
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 517,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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'his fifth novel reveals an emotional intensity that marks him as a literary heavyweight’ -- Sunday Times

‘Far and away Easton’s best novel since the incredible American Psycho’ -- Good Book Guide

‘Full of bleak honesty and disarming wit… an ambitious, funny and never less than intriguing novel’ -- Daily Telegraph

‘Zipping along with that seemingly artless prose of his, it’s his most ambitious, least gory, most human novel to date’ -- Independent on Sunday

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Imagine becoming a bestselling novelist while still in college, and almost immediately famous and wealthy, 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 being given a second chance, as the Bret Easton Ellis of this remarkable novel is given. 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 original and moving novel of an extraordinary career. 'Lunar Park is great enough to suggest that his best work may now be ahead rather than behind him; it's a very interesting ride with an always interesting novelist' The Times 'Emotionally powerful, Lunar Park is an unnerving and funny puzzle of a book: undoubtedly the real thing, as it were' Guardian 'Bret Easton Ellis has finally delivered the classic novel he promised with his wildly successful debut, Less Than Zero' Sunday Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bowes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Feb. 2011
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 By Lozza on 6 April 2009
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Osbourn on 10 Sept. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Minerva on 4 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Had this book not been recommended for our Book Club, I wouldn’t have read it; this is the first book of Bret Easton Eliss’s which I have read. In the opening chapters the author describes how he hates his father; yet, this hatred generated his creativity and created demons which come back to haunt him in later life. The main character is a loathsome creature, a drug-taking lothario who is only interested in young girls (and boys). A previous girl-friend who he impregnated talks him into marrying her for the sake of his young son who is in need of a father; so he goes to live in the suburbs and takes on the roles of husband and father which he realises that he is not cut out for. His epiphany arises from actually confronting the demons of the past in a horrific way and he realises that because of his hatred of his father he can never have a relationship with his son but that somehow this doesn’t matter because his son forgives him and it occurs to him that boys don’t need fathers and that his son will survive on his own along with many other runaways who detest the controlled lives they live as sons of superstars. This is a very provocative novel, the author appears to be confronting the readers of his past novels; he gave them what they wanted to read and as a result he became super-rich and successful; so the novel constantly challenges the reader; is it art mirroring life or life mirroring art? It is a very interesting read; Ellis draws the reader’s attention to the casual way in which drugs are administered to children. He pokes fun at marriage counsellors and therapy in general. He produces deep insights – page 132 is an amazing description of the comprises people have to make in life. This book vacillates between fiction and reality.Read more ›
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