- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Picador; New edition edition (10 Dec. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330372092
- ISBN-13: 978-0330372091
- Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 981,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Glamorama Paperback – 10 Dec 1999
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Glamorama is a satirical mass-murder opus more ambitious than Ellis's 1990 American Psycho. It starts as a spritz-of-consciousness romp about kid-club entrepreneur Victor Ward, "the It boy of the moment," an actor/model up for Flatliners II. Ellis has perfect pitch for glam-speak, and he gives nightlife the fizz, pace, and shimmer it lacks in drab reality. Anyone could cite the right celeb names and tunes; but like a rock-polishing machine, his prose gives literary sheen to fame-chasing air-kissers. He's coldly funny: when Victor's girl tries to argue him out of a break up, she angrily snorts six bumps of coke, stops, mutters, "Wrong vial," snorts four corrective doses from whatever she has in her other fist, then objects to a rival at the party wearing the same dress she's wearing.
You had to be there; Ellis makes you feel you are. But such satire is a very smart bomb targeting a very large barn. Models' status anxiety doesn't merit Ellis's Tom Wolfe-esque expertise. Glamorama gets better when Victor gets drafted into a mysterious group of model/terrorists who bomb 747s and the Ritz in Paris, wearing Kevlar-lined Armani suits. Oh, they still behave like shallow snobs, pronouncing "cool" as if it had 12 "o"s, but now when somebody swills Cristal, it's apt to be poisoned, to horrific effect, which Ellis expertly describes. His enfant-terrible debut Less Than Zero aped Joan Didion. Now Ellis has grown into a lesser Don DeLillo--and that's high praise. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Ellis is fast becoming a writer of real American genius." -"GQ" "His best work to date....He remains a laser-precise satirist but the wit now dominates." -"Esquire" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
I loved the chapters going down in number, like a countdown. But a countdown to what exactly? A new script, a new scene, a new conspiracy? Both clever and intriguing to read this novel rather surprisingly sucked me in and even though at times I didn't have the foggiest idea what was going on, I was in the full long journey. It's difficult to work out Victor with his change of surnames - can we change our identity so easily and become someone different? Or is it something new to hide behind, to prevent us from having to reveal what lurks underneath the skin? Bret Easton Ellis takes celebrity culture and slowly picks away at it to let us see what exactly goes on behind the images we see on screen and in print.
I've had this book lounging on my shelves for quite a few years now, (6 to be exact) and I finally decided it needed to be read. I wish I'd read it sooner!Read more ›
The first is an extremely wry observation of an extreme celebrity culture as witnessed and lived through the eyes of the "it" boy of the 90s. It is really funny and satirical and highlights the mundanity, triviality, artificiality of the culture in which he lives, how the other half lives.
At first this is exciting, and you really want to be there, but even reading about it eventually becomes mundane, becomes boring and even the reader is looking for that spark that will add a bit of something more to the experience of reading the story, to the experience of being Victor Ward, of going through the motions, of being a large, glossy fry in a world which is larger and glossier than life.
The reader's relationship with the story falls in line with Victor's relationship with his life in that you are crying out desparately, wanting something big to happen.
Victor's is a world of celebrity culture that does not exist to a mass market except as a series of mass media images. Glamorama actually puts us into his world amongst the camera crews and expensive stage sets, amongst writers and producers, within a story that is story-boarded and directed. In Victor's world these scripts are still read and the characters still take their cues, but it is when the characters stray from the scripts that the surprises reveal themselves. Victor's perspective allows us to see a world that occurs around the cameras, off-stage, in the camera's periphery.
Glamorama becomes its second part just as I thought I could take no more.Read more ›
It's difficult to describe exactly what this book is about but at least by the end page you have some idea as to why Victor was sent to Europe. However you are left to make your own mind up about the film crews, about the apparent schizophrenia, about the double life. Now on paper this may not sound like the perfect way to wrap up a novel of this kind, but Ellis manages to come up with an ending which will satisfy you but always stay with you.
This is a dark, paranoid book cloaked in name dropping and popular culture but amongst the glamour and the money is a sickening look at nineteen nineties society and the terrible cult of celebrity. If you manage to stick with it you really will be rewarded with one of the most powerful novels around at the moment.
This book is amazing and the main protagonist is inspired, and we are constantly left wondering whether events are really happening or whether they are just a product of his psychosis.
Read this book! But read American Psycho first!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first read this many years ago off the back of American Psycho which I thought (and still do) was an incredible book, very funny and very entertaining. Read morePublished 10 months ago by ROKO
As disturbing as it is engrossing, Glamorama read just as well on its second reading almost 15 years after its first. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Vacuous celebrities singing "We all live in a yellow limousine." Then again, it was meant to be a satire.Published 17 months ago by Mr. D. P. Jay
he only wrote one good book that ive read so just read american psycho twice - although i imagine rules of attraction would be good the film isPublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
It starts off as a pretty funny satire on 90's culture and superficiality for the first 200 pages and then drives off a cliff once the protagonist is asked to go to London, from... Read morePublished on 2 Jun. 2015 by Frank Black
Have read all but one by Brett easton ellis. American psycho by far my favourite. In all honesty- this book completely lost me. Read morePublished on 20 May 2014 by wright
I actually preferred this to American Psycho due to a slightly more humorous tone, a stronger central plot and the brilliant use of pop culture references. Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2014 by Discerning Reader/Viewer