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on 7 January 2012
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.