Lunar Park

Author: Bret Easton Ellis

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0330535722

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 6196


He became a bestselling novelist while still in college, immediately famous and wealthy. He watched his insufferable father reduced to a bag of ashes in a safety-deposit box. He was lost in a haze of booze, drugs and vilification. Then he was given a second chance. This is the life of Bret Easton Ellis, the author and subject of this remarkable novel. Confounding one expectation after another, Lunar Park is equally hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking. It’s the most original novel of an extraordinary career – and best of all: it all happened, every word is true.

Bret Easton Ellis

American Psycho, Glamorama, Lunar Park

Author: Naomi Mandel

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826435629

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 178

View: 2602


Collection of new critical essays on Bret Easton Ellis, focusing on his later novels: American Psycho (1991), Glamorama (1999), and Lunar Park (2005).


Voicing the Terrors of Postmodernity

Author: Maria Beville

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042026642

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 217

View: 3773


Being the first to outline the literary genre, Gothic-postmodernism, this book articulates the psychological and philosophical implications of terror in postmodernist literature, analogous to the terror of the Gothic novel, uncovering the significance of postmodern recurrences of the Gothic, and identifying new historical and philosophical aspects of the genre.While many critics propose that the Gothic has been exhausted, and that its significance is depleted by consumer society's obsession with instantaneous horror, analyses of a number of terror-based postmodernist novels here suggest that the Gothic is still very much animated in Gothic-postmodernism. These analyses observe the spectral characters,doppelgangers, hellish waste lands and the demonised or possessed that inhabit texts such as Paul Auster'sCity of Glass, Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses and Bret Easton Ellis'sLunar Park.However, it is the deeper issue of the lingering emotion of terror as it relates to loss of reality and self, and to death, that is central to the study; a notion of 'terror' formulated from the theories of continental philosophers and contemporary cultural theorists. With a firm emphasis on the sublime and the unrepresentable as fundamental to this experience of terror; vital to the Gothic genre; and central to the postmodern experience, this study offers an insightful and concise definition of Gothic-postmodernism. It firmly argues that 'terror' (with all that it involves) remains a connecting and potent link between the Gothic and postmodernism: two modes of literature that together offer a unique voicing of the unspeakable terrors of postmodernity.

Luna Park

Author: Kevin Baker,Danijel Zezelj

Publisher: Titan Publishing Company

ISBN: 9781848565180

Category: Coney Island (New York, N.Y.)

Page: 160

View: 406


Alik Strelnikov lives in the shadows of Coney Island, a world of rusted fairground rides that mock his dreams of heroism. Ten years ago he left a brutal life in the Russian army to travel to America, but now, an enforcer in the Brooklyn mafia his life is guns, drugs, booze & his lover, Marina, sometime prostitute & full-time fortune teller.

Bret Easton Ellis's Controversial Fiction

Writing Between High and Low Culture

Author: Sonia Baelo-Allué

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441126317

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 9233


Both literary author and celebrity, Bret Easton Ellis represents a type of contemporary writer who draws from both high and the low culture, using popular culture references, styles and subject matters in a literary fiction that goes beyond mere entertainment. His fiction, arousing the interest of the academia, mass media and general public, has fuelled heated controversy over his work. This controversy has often prevented serious analysis of his fiction, and this book is the first monograph to fill in this gap by offering a comprehensive textual and contextual analysis of his most important works up to the latest novel Imperial Bedrooms. Offering a study of the reception of each novel, the influence of popular, mass and consumer culture in them, and the analysis of their literary style, it takes into account the controversies surrounding the novels and the changes produced in the shifty terrain of the literary marketplace. It offers anyone studying contemporary American fiction a thorough and unique analysis of Ellis's work and his own place in the literary and cultural panorama.

How to Read a Novel

A User's Guide

Author: John Sutherland

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466859997

Category: Reference

Page: 272

View: 3212


"Do we still know how to read a novel?" John Sutherland, Chairman of the 2005 Booker Prize Committee, asks. His disheartened answer is an unequivocal, "No." But Sutherland has not given up hope. With acerbic wit and intellect, he traces the history of what it used to mean to be well-read and tells readers what it still means today. Using this delightful book as a means to an end, he reminds readers how the delicate charms of fiction can be at once wonderful and inspired and infuriating. On one level this is a book about novels: how they work, what they're about, what makes them good or bad, and how to talk about them. At a deeper level, this is a book in which one of the most intimate tête-à-têtes is described—one in which a reader meets a novel. Will a great love affair begin? Will the rendezvous end in disappointment? Who can say? In order for the relationship to take its appropriate course all the details must be clearly acknowledged and understood for their complexities: plot, point of view, character, style, pace, first and last sentences, and even beauty. Still, Sutherland knows a true understanding of fiction is more than a flirtation with text and style—it is a business. Taking his readers on a trip to the bookshop, he helps them judge a book by its cover based on design and color, wondering aloud what genre might be best, even going so far as to analyze one of the latest American bestsellers to further help the buying reader choose the novel that is right for him or her. In a book that is as wry and humorous as it is learned and opinionated, John Sutherland tells you everything you always wanted to know about how to read fiction better than you do now (but, were afraid to ask).

Ethics and Desire in the Wake of Postmodernism

Contemporary Satire

Author: Graham Matthews

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441140077

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

View: 638


Reading the work of 6 contemporary satiric novelists through contemporary theory, this book explores the possibility of reading and criticism after postmodernism.

Bret Easton Ellis

Underwriting the Contemporary

Author: G. Colby

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230339166

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 228

View: 9817


This book reads the whole of Bret Easton Ellis's oeuvre to date from Less Than Zero to Imperial Bedrooms and asks to what extent Ellis's novels can be read as critiquing the cultural moments of which they are a part. Ellis's work can be thought of as an enactment of a process of underwriting contemporary culture, which offers new paths of understanding and ways of critiquing the contemporary author's place in the relations of production.

Was That Me?

Turning Points in My Life

Author: Michael Bivona

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1426937571

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

View: 4139


In his memoir Was That Me?, a successful businessman, author, and philanthropist provides an inspirational look into the reasons why he chose the road he did in life. After being repeatedly asked the question, How did you go from not attending high school to becoming the man you are today? Bivonas answer was always the same: lots of luck and fate. But soon, that answer did not seem to be enough; and, as Bivona delved into past experiences in order to discover what truly caused him to reach his current destination, he began to identify the influences that propelled him from a childhood in a rundown neighborhood to a stint in the Air Force to his first jobs at Coney Island Amusement Park and a Wall Street stockbrokerage firm. As Bivona relays how he eventually attended Long Island University and became a certified public accountant, it is evident that self-determination and a thirst for knowledge guided him to attain success. The true story of how Michael Bivonas choices in life helped him become who he is today will inspire anyone to examine their own turning points and learn that sometimes opening the door to the unknown is what leads to true happiness.

Masculinity in Contemporary New York Fiction

Author: Peter Ferry

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317743156

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 182

View: 9996


Masculinity in Contemporary New York Fiction is an interdisciplinary study that presents masculinity as a key thematic concern in contemporary New York fiction. This study argues that New York authors do not simply depict masculinity as a social and historical construction but seek to challenge the archetypal ideals of masculinity by writing counter-hegemonic narratives. Gendering canonical New York writers, namely Paul Auster, Bret Easton Ellis, and Don DeLillo, illustrates how explorations of masculinity are tied into the principal themes that have defined the American novel from its very beginning. The themes that feature in this study include the role of the novel in American society; the individual and (urban) society; the journey from innocence to awareness (of masculinity); the archetypal image of the absent and/or patriarchal father; the impact of homosocial relations on the everyday performance of masculinity; male sexuality; and the male individual and globalization. What connects these contemporary New York writers is their employment of the one of the great figures in the history of literature: the flâneur. These authors take the flâneur from the shadows of the Manhattan streets and elevate this figure to the role of self-reflexive agent of male subjectivity through which they write counter-hegemonic narratives of masculinity. This book is an essential reference for those with an interest in gender studies and contemporary American fiction.