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Water from the Sun and Discovering Japan (Short Reads) (Picador Shots) [Kindle Edition]

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

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Book Description

In June, 2006, Picador launch Picador Shots, a new series of pocket-sized books priced at £1. The Shots aim to promote the short story as well as the work of some Picador's greatest authors. They will be contemporarily packaged but ultimately disposable books that are the ideal literary alternative to a magazine.

Bret Easton Ellis’ two short stories chronicle the lives of a group of Los Angele’s residents all of them suffering from nothing less that death of the soul. Ellis has immense gift for dialogue, off-the-wall humour, merciless description and exotic bleakness.

In 'Water from the Sun', Cheryl Lane is going under. Her marriage to William has broken down, she has moved in with a young boy half her age who is more interested in other young boys that in her and she keeps not turning up at work, the one area of her life that seems to be in good working order. To keep afloat she drinks, she shops and she takes pills. Would meeting up with William, something she has been avoiding like everything else in her life, give her what she needs anyway?

In 'Discovering Japan', Bryan, is on tour. His manager, Roger, has taken him to Tokyo to promote his record and do a few gigs. But to get Roger out of hotel room, off the drink, drugs and women is going to be a tall enough feet itself for Bryan. Written with spare and hypnotic prose, this is a story about a man hell-bent on distruction by a writer deeply concerned with the moral decline of our society.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 723 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (2 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006GD460A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,743 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Extras 26 July 2012
By Sam Quixote TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
"Water from the Sun" and "Discovering Japan" are both excellent stories of burned out people abusing substances while slowly reaching the end of their tether and are great reads. However, both of these stories are included in Bret Easton Ellis' short story collection "The Informers" which is far better value for money as you get an entire book's worth of other fantastic stories as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who cares? 7 Jan. 2012
By vi
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Nobody writes like Easton Ellis. The way he writes, the minimalistic use of words and the bleak, disaffected tones about shallow, materialistic people who would come off as boring creations if they were drawn by anyone else's pen.
Contained here are two short stories. The first concerns a woman, recently broke up from her former lover and now hooked up with a much younger man who spends most of his time languishing in bed watching MTV. She's a newscaster, unsure of her feelings and emotional situation, chronically bored, circling the neighbourhood wasting time in expensive stores and fashionable restaurants.You might have sorrow for her but she is as instrumental in her downfall as anyone else.
The second story is about a rock star on tour in Japan. Waking up in a stupor night after night with partners he cares nothing about. Heavily into drugs, he is being led around by his manager because left to his own devices the rocker is self destructive, volatile and violent. There's a way of thinking that says this is the way his lifestyle should be, the paradise of the rock star, but he has no substance to his life. His son fears him , his career is in free-fall and even his friends are embarrassed by him. His is a sad tale. Also, you might recognize this tale if you have seen 'The Informers' film as this story is included in that film.
Both these stories are stark, dark and apathetic. The characters despicable but fascinating and it's all brilliantly and poetically written in Easton Ellis' trademark style. A definite buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wondrously nihilistic poetry 25 Jan. 2014
By Fleurie
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B.E.E is a master of the throwaway sentence. A consummate, timeless poet. These stories are superfresh and could have been written yesterday but are simultaneously deeply evocative of the peculiarly tense and vacuous Eighties.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Informers Trailer 21 Jun. 2013
By Rimsby
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I have to agree with another reviewer. I bought this thinking it may be two short stories that Ellis wrote exclusively for the Kindle. As I was reading through, the text seemed familiar in parts and I thought it could be from Ellis' short-story collection, The Informers. Needless to say, another reviewer on Amazon and Wikipedia all but confirmed this.

The stories themselves are what you come to expect from Ellis. They are short, well-disciplined vignettes that would be familiar to an Ellis fan or a good introduction for those less fortunate. It is for this reason I have given the product three stars.

However, I would implore anyone to first look at The Informers, which includes more short stories and probably works out better value-for-money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Ellis 2 Feb. 2013
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Displaying both his advanced, detailed minimalistic style and scathing, dark wit these two short stories are must-reads for any Ellis fan. They flow like any Ellis novel in a jumpy, stop-start way but are both much easier to get through then the heavy American Psycho, Glamorama and Imperial Bedrooms. They reflect his latest work Lunar Park in their deliberate blunt simplicity but are also an homage to Less Than Zero in their style which has something of the earlier Ellis about it. Whether you are a huge fan or a new reader, Water From The Sun and Discovering Japan will please you and give you a little taste of the brilliance of Bret.
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