The Rules of Attraction Paperback – 8 Jul 1988
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"Inspired. A wonderfully comic novel." --Gore Vidal
"Ellis is, first and last, a moralist. Under cover of his laconic voice, every word in his [novels] springs from grieving outrage at our spiritual condition." --"Los Angeles Times Book Review"
"Serves to establish Mr. Ellis's reputation further as one of the primary inside sources in upper-middle-class America's continuing investigation of what has happened to its children." --"The New York Times Book Review" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A startlingly funny, kaleidoscopic novel about three students with no plans for the future – or even the present – who become entangled in a curious romantic triangle.See all Product Description
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Yes, I can concede that Ellis knows how to write, his prose has craft, yes I can concede it has moments of bleak comedy, but at the heart (there is none) of this novel, as at the periphery, are only shallows.
Easton Ellis appears to feel nothing but easy, judgemental, one-dimensional contempt for his angsty, barfing, bonging, coke and drink fuelled characters, to a man or woman they are obsessed with getting wasted or not getting wasted, getting meaningless leg-overs or whining at their lack of meaningless leg-overs.
However, the lack of variety, each stream of consciousness voice equally self-pitying, equally gothic in its misery, became like being beaten over the head with a hammer, unvarying in its noise and pressure.
What I disliked, intensely was the absence of light and shade, of dapple, of variety to the fairly amorphous blobby group. I'm aware that for some reason Easton Ellis has some sort of cult status - I assume because somehow the times are admiring of tales of excess, the more wasted and degraded, the better.
This is a novel which only shocks (briefly), but never surprises. Once you begin the journey is absolutely known and never varies. Sure, we will get that classic triangle of A loves (well, actually, lusts for - no character touches real depth of emotion, just whines) B who whines and lusts for C who whines and (briefly) lusts for A.Read more ›
Bret Easton Ellis lets a couple of college students (mostly Sean, Paul and Lauren) talk about their completely meaningless existance of sex, drugs and parties. What is fascinating here is to get the different perspectives of different people involved in the same love triangle and to see how the same situations, words and actions are perscieved completely differenty depending on what the person wants it to be. As the satirical elements were too hidden for me to find the book funny and the characters too unengaging to find it tragic, it were exactly those glimpses of hope and complete denial that made the book interesting to me.
Would I recommend The Rules of Attraction to my friends? Not really. But maybe I don't have the right kind of friends.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One page just like any other in this meandering, pointless study of three uninteresting po triple. Does t build, a d barely holds the readers interest. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sean Bennett
An absolute throwback. Really enjoyed this as I do everything Bret writes. Funny, painful, ridiculous. Rich characters and just a drop in the ocean of their lives. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ja Ramsden
Good portrait of disaffected youth, showing a trio of main characters that can't seem to connect to one another and are stuck in a vicious cycle of drugs, drink and sex. Read morePublished 13 months ago by DJ Garcia
Bret Easton Ellis is insane. This book is wild. Not a read for the easily influenced or the faint-hearted. Absolutely not a book for a child.Published 17 months ago by Miss K. Macandrew
The Rules of Attraction is a great read, and fans of Bret Easton Ellis are bound to enjoy his trademark dark and satirical writing style. Read morePublished 18 months ago by JB
Terribly disappointed. I read this having previously enjoyed American Psycho and Less than Zero. The format is similar to Less than Zero only know where near as enjoyable. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jay