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Lunar Park

by Bret Easton Ellis
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  • Publisher: Pocket
  • Publishing date: 03/09/2007
  • Language: Français
  • ISBN-13: 9782266164337
  • ISBN: 2266164333

Synopsis


Book Description: Imagine becoming a bestselling novelist, and almost immediately famous and wealthy, while still in college, and before long seeing your insufferable father reduced to a bag of ashes in a safety-deposit box, while after American Psycho your celebrity drowns in a sea of vilification, booze, and drugs.

Then imagine having a second chance ten years later, as the Bret Easton Ellis of this remarkable novel is given, with a wife, children, and suburban sobriety--only to watch this new life shatter beyond recognition in a matter of days. At a fateful Halloween party he glimpses a disturbing (fictional) character driving a car identical to his late father's, his stepdaughter's doll violently "malfunctions," and their house undergoes bizarre transformations both within and without. Connecting these aberrations to graver events--a series of grotesque murders that no longer seem random and the epidemic disappearance of boys his son's age--Ellis struggles to defend his family against this escalating menace even as his wife, their therapists, and the police insist that his apprehensions are rooted instead in substance abuse and egomania.

Lunar Park confounds one expectation after another, passing through comedy and mounting horror, both psychological and supernatural, toward an astonishing resolution--about love and loss, fathers and sons--in what is surely the most powerfully original and deeply moving novel of an extraordinary career.


A Tale of Two Brets: An Amazon.com Interview with Bret Easton Ellis In his novel Lunar Park, Bret Easton Ellis takes first-person narrative to an extreme, inserting himself (and a host of real characters from the publishing world) into the haunting story of a drugged-out famous writer living in the suburbs trying to reconnect with his wife and son and reconcile his damaged past. Ellis is at the top of his game in Lunar Park, his first novel since 1999's Glamorama, delivering a disturbing and delirious novel about celebrity, writers, and fathers and sons (not to mention a cameo from notorious Ellis creation, Patrick Bateman). Amazon.com senior editor Brad Thomas Parsons spoke with Ellis in a Seattle to Los Angeles phone call to talk about the fact and fiction behind Lunar Park, New York versus LA, '80s music, and the whole "American Psycho thing."
Read the Amazon.com interview with Bret Easton Ellis
Less Than Zero (1985) Published when Ellis was a junior at Bennington, Less Than Zero is the mesmerizing first-person chronicle of Clay, our laconic, zoned-out guide to a subculture of over-privileged nihilism in early '80s Los Angeles. He travels back home from Camden College (a thinly veiled Bennington) for Christmas break and re-enters his circle of jaded friends--including his ex-girlfriend Blair, and his best friend Julian, who's now hustling to support his drug habit--and a parade of Porches, late-night parties, cocaine, and casual destruction.

Ellis on Ellis: "I don't think it's a perfect book by any means, but it's valid. I get where it comes from. I get what it is. There's a lot of it that I wish was slightly more elegantly written. Overall, I was pretty shocked. It was pretty good writing for someone who was 19."


The Rules of Attraction (1987) A line-up of Camden College students share the narrating duties in The Rules of Attraction, Ellis' sex-fueled, drug-baked second novel. There's Lauren (who's in the midst of losing her virginity as the book opens), who longs for her boyfriend Victor, currently traveling through Europe; Lauren's ex, Paul, a bisexual party boy who hooks up with hard-drinking closet-case Sean (surname Bateman--that's right, younger brother of Patrick), who also has the hots for Lauren. Less than Zero's Clay makes a cameo appearance as well as a passing glimpse of Ellis' Bennington classmate Donna Tartt's murderous Classics majors from The Secret History.

Ellis on Ellis: "It might be my favorite book of mine. I was writing that book while I was at college. Sort of like the best of times, the worst of times. There was a lot of elation, there was a lot of despair. It was just a really fun book to write. I loved mimicking all the different voices. The stream of conscious does get a little out of hand. I kind of like that about the book. It's kind of all over the place. It's casual. It's scruffy. That's the one book of mine that I have a very, very soft spot for."


American Psycho (1991) Shopaholic sociopath Patrick Bateman's killer grip drags readers into a bloody, brand-name, urban nightmare as the 26-year-old Wall Street yuppie executes his grooming habits and eviscerates strangers with equal élan. Simon & Schuster dropped the too-hot-to-handle American Psycho which was then published as a paperback original by Vintage Books. Ellis received death threats while the book was boycotted, sliced up by reviewers, and went on to become a bestseller. Mary Harron's 2000 film version starred then little-known British actor Christian Bale, who would later suit up as the Dark Knight in 2005's Batman Begins.

Ellis on Ellis: "It was good. It was fun. It was not nearly as pretentious as I remember I wanted it to be when I was writing it. I found it really fast-moving. I found it really funny. And I liked it a lot. The violence was... it made my toes curl. I really freaked out. I couldn't believe how violent it was. It was truly upsetting. I had to steel myself to re-read those passages."


The Informers (1994) Ellis returns to early '80s Los Angeles ennui with The Informers, a loosely connected collection of stories of the bored, rich, and morally depraved, written around the same time as Less than Zero. Sex, drugs, and gratuitous violence take center stage, with characters including an aging, predatory anchorwoman, a debauched rock star tearing through Japan, and a pick-up artist vampire. While some of the vignettes echo better Ellis works, ultimately the stories don't add to much as a whole. Book critics are less than receptive to Ellis' post-American Psycho offering.

Ellis on Ellis: "Those were written while I was at Bennington. I wrote a lot of short stories between 1981 or 1982 or so... The Informers more or less kind of represented probably the best of those stories. I wrote a lot of really bad ones, but those are the ones that worked the best together."


Glamorama (1999) Actor-model Victor Ward (who first made an appearance in the Ellis oeuvre in The Rules of Attraction) is the narrator of Glamorama, Ellis longest novel yet. Ellis offers bold-faced names and celebrity skewering in the first half of the book as Victor tries to open a Manhattan club while cheating on his supermodel girlfriend and double-crossing his partner, but the second half takes a violent, paranoid turn as Victor is sent to England and unwittingly lured into a sadistic ring of international terrorists (posing as supermodels) leaving a bloody trail across the globe.

Ellis on Ellis: "[T]he book wasn't necessarily about terrorism to me. It was about a whole bunch of other stuff. It's definitely the book that I can tell--I don't know if other people can tell but I can tell as a writer--is probably the most divisive that I've written. It has an equal number of detractors as it does fans. It doesn't really hold true with the other books. It was the one that took the longest to write, and the one that seemed the most important at the time. It's an unwieldy book... I like it."


Ellis on DVD

Less Than Zero

American Psycho
The Rules of Attraction

Will the Real Bret Easton Ellis Please Stand Up? Visit the author's Web site at www.2brets.com.


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  • Déçu-déçu-déçu
    From Amazon

    Enthousiasmé par American Psycho (malgré les passages insoutenables) et par le style et le personnage de Bret Easton Ellis, je me lance avec entrain dans Lunar Park. Les 200 premières pages répondent aux attentes. L'auteur nous fais croire à un mélange de fiction et d'autobiographie en écrivant pour son compte, il cultive son personnage, détestable et pourtant fascinant. Le chapitre introductif est positivement extravagant et la suite, des scènes de vie ordinaire, est décrite « à la Bret Easton Ellis », c'est à dire en décalage total et en faisant ressortir nos vils instincts et nos basses envies (et on aime ça !) Et puis le récit s'étire dans le registre du film d'horreur hollywoodien (but avoué de l'auteur) mais perd son souffle, devient lassant. On y comprend plus grand-chose, l'auteur se noie dans les effets de style (les changements de narrateurs) et dans sa trame. On pense à plusieurs reprises comprendre les métaphores, les conflits d'identité mais rien n'est confirmé, comme autant de pistes qui ne mènent nulle part. Quant au un dénouement que l'on espère Elliséen (donc complètement immoral !), il est presque anodin. Quel dommage après un si bon début......

  • Génialement prenant
    From Amazon

    Bret Easton Ellis raconte l'histoire de Bret Easton Ellis. Une autobiographie? Oui, les 20 premières pages le sont vraisemblablement . Puis, Ellis invente ce qui a été qualifié de genre nouveau, l' "auto-fiction". Le ton est donné. Près de 500 pages de fiction vraie ou de réalité fictionnelle. Et on en redemande. Ellis et ses vieux démons, propres et figurés ne cessent de nous hanter. Nos nuits deviennent plus agitées et pourtant, on revient toujours à Lunar Park. Des les premières pages, l'addiction guette. La description de la upper-class américaine est tout aussi jubilatoire. Parents névrosés, gamins sous tranquillisants, maisons d'architectes au style très très épuré... Dérangeant et drôle. Bret Easton Ellis est sans aucun doute un écrivain de grand talent. Il manie habilement suspense, terreur, et souvenirs.

  • On reste sur sa faim...
    From Amazon

    J'ai lu un peu de tout comme avis sur Lunar Park. Certains sont choqués par le côté un peu trash du livre, soit-disant vulgaire. D'autres regrettent American Psycho ou Glamorama. D'autres encore portent le bouquin au pinacle, forcément Lunar Park est, parait-il, le meilleur ouvrage de 2005... Ok... Choquée, je ne l'ai pas été, j'ai même beaucoup aimé l'acidité mordante d'Easton Ellis, son côté "je raconte ça mais je m'en moque aussi et vas-y que je te pousse"... J'adore. Le portrait de cette societé bourgeoise malade de ses enfants, de ses rêves, bien caustique, j'adore. Après, quand l'histoire vire au délire psychotique, je continue à aimer: le Terby qui prend vie, Bret qui croit être haï du chien, la maison qui pèle, j'adore (aussi) et en plus c'est très très bien écrit... Pourtant, je ne mets que trois étoiles (enfin "que", tout est relatif!), parce que la fin m'a déçue. La force qui tend tout le livre s'épuise, le délire avec Neverland fatigue, le soit-disant exhorcisme ne colle pas avec ce que j'attendais, "trop de fantastique tue", j'aurais préferé rester dans la décompensation psychotique, les excès d'alcool, les excès tout court de ce personnage (autobiographique?) complètement ravagé, mais si "nous"...

  • Interessant
    From Amazon

    C'est un livre que j'ai trouve captivant mais, disons que ca me derange dans le sens que le personnage principal n'a pas briller d'une maniere positive. D'ailleurs, on assiste a sa decadence. Il y aussi cette presence genante et continuelle de cocaine. On parle meme d'overdose a quelques reprises je crois. C'est aussi un alcoolique ... Enfin, j'ai aussi trouve interesse qu'une famille de richard a ete decrit sous ses pires jours. Ce qui sort de l'ordinaire de cette grande et opulente Amerique.

  • Brilliant
    From Amazon

    Avec ce roman, Bret Easton Ellis vous invite à retrouver pourquoi vous aimez lire. Non pas pour ce plaisir égoïste presque masturbatoire de ce prendre pour le héros, non pas pour le frisson délicieux qui vous parcoure l'échine, non pas pour le suspense qui vous pousse à toujours tourner la page suivante même tard dans la nuit. Non, j'ai aimé lire ce livre parce qu'il m'a rappelé que la littérature n'est pas un objet mort, compassé voire convenu. En lisant cette oeuvre, on vit une expérience artistique tout autant qu'en visitant une exposition d'Art Contemporain. On ne sait pas à quoi s'attendre en entrant mais nous en sortons changé. Ce roman est dévastateur et bienfaisant parce qu'il fait écho en nous à ce que nous laissons trop souvent de côté. « Brilliant » aurais-je pu écrire si j'habitais de l'autre côté de l'océan atlantique.

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