Lunar Park

Lunar Park

Book - 2005
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Bret Ellis, the narrator of Lunar Park, is the bestselling writer whose first novel Less Than Zero catapulted him to international stardom while he was still in college. In the years that followed he found himself adrift in a world of wealth, drugs, and fame, as well as dealing with the unexpected death of his abusive father. After a decade of decadence a chance for salvation arrives; the chance to reconnect with an actress he was once involved with, and their son. But almost immediately his new life is threatened by a freak sequence of events and a bizarre series of murders that all seem to connect to Ellis's past. His attempts to save his new world from his own demons makes Lunar Park Ellis's most suspenseful novel.

In this chilling tale reality, memoir, and fantasy combine to create not only a fascinating version of this most controversial writer but also a deeply moving novel about love and loss, parents and children, and ultimately forgiveness.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375727276
0375727272
9780375412912
0375412913
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 25 cm

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tritonesub Jun 29, 2016

Surprisingly moving and vulnerable writing from Ellis (I had been expecting a Stephen King-type horror story, judging from all the reviews on Goodreads), with tear-jerker moments at the end. The reader is left with many questions, especially regarding what is real and who the characters really are, but at the heart is the unexpectedly sweet and sad tale about father and son, duplicated over three generations. Made me wonder what his future novels will be like. Maybe a different direction?

PimaLib_WilliamB May 07, 2015

Ellis becomes the central character in this story about himself and grapples with a character from his past, the infamous Patrick Bateman featured in his "American Psycho" book. Haunting and creepy and psychological.

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merlburgerz
Apr 17, 2012

Lunar Park is a worthwhile read, although a second reading may make it more cohesive to me. Ellis' unaffected prose still creates unnerving sensations in the reader, and the novel's meta-fictional theme is very humorous, but Ellis' insistent dwelling on protagonists who occupy bleak emotional landscapes leaves me feeling a little unsatisfied as a reader who seeks the emotional grit of it all. I would like to see Bret Ellis infuse his novels with a little more genuine humanity, as I think this would make his satire even more cutting. All-in-all, Lunar Park had some very elegantly composed passeges, even if many of its strange events somehow felt pointless.

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