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Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis
Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Ellis has an easy writing style, and much of this book is engaging for that reason. For me, though, the story was surprisingly weak: a third-rate Stephen King horror about an author's murderous characters (including a toy-sized monster he concocted as a child) coming to life and haunting him. As a vehicle for self-examination, this formula story (which unfolds in a deliberately formulaic way) is poor and increasingly silly. The get-out clause is that the supernatural stuff may all be the result of taking too many drugs, which (yawn) the fictional Ellis does pretty much throughout the story. Drugs can screw with your head, it tells us. As if we didn't already know that.

The first… Read more
Kiki's Paris: Artists and Lovers 1900-1930 by Billy Kluver
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This book journeys in photographs and text through the Parisian art world between 1900 and 1930, a time when the French capital - and the district of Montparnasse on the Left Bank, in particular - was the mecca for painters and writers. The authors have spent years gathering not only well-known images (such the photographs of Man Ray) but thousands of photographs from what seem to be private albums. The book is divided into short sections, roughly chronological, each one focusing on an individual or a group: painters, models, writers, collectors and so on.

The thoroughness of the biographical and geographical detail, the wealth of anecdote and the richness of the images is… Read more
Zoia's Gold by Philip Sington
Zoia's Gold by Philip Sington
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
An extraordinary novel about the seductive Russian artist known as `Zoia', and the man who sets out to uncover her secret life. The story mixes exotic glimpses into revolutionary Russia and inter-war Paris with a tantalising present-day mystery, and builds to an unforgettable climax.

A number of good novels in recent years have mixed fact with fiction or the present with the past, but few have done it with greater skill or to better effect than this one. A book that really delivers on its promises.