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Less Than Zero

Ellis, Bret Easton (Book - 1998 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Set in Los Angeles in the early 1980's, this coolly mesmerizing novel is a raw, powerful portrait of a lost generation who have experienced sex, drugs, and disaffection at too early an age, in a world shaped by casual nihilism, passivity, and too much money a place devoid of feeling or hope. Clay comes home for Christmas vacation from his Eastern college and re-enters a landscape of limitless privilege and absolute moral entropy, where everyone drives Porches, dines at Spago, and snorts mountains of cocaine. He tries to renew feelings for his girlfriend, Blair, and for his best friend from high school, Julian, who is careering into hustling and heroin. Clay's holiday turns into a dizzying spiral of desperation that takes him through the relentless parties in glitzy mansions, seedy bars, and underground rock clubs and also into the seamy world of L.A. after dark.
Authors: Ellis, Bret Easton
Title: Less than zero
Publisher: New York : Vintage Comtemporaries, 1998
Edition: 1st Vintage Contemporaries ed
Characteristics: 208 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Bret Easton Ellis
ISBN: 0679781498
9780679781493
Branch Call Number: FICTION ELLIS
Subject Headings: Los Angeles (Calif.) Fiction Generation X Fiction Friendship Fiction Drug addiction Fiction Young men Fiction
Genre/Form: Bildungsromans
Topical Term: Generation X
Friendship
Drug addiction
Young men
LCCN: 97053236
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Much darker than the movie, this coolly mesmerizing novel is a raw, powerful portrait of a lost generation who have experienced sex, drugs, and disaffection at too early an age.


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Dec 18, 2013
  • banburkr rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Incredibly bleak novel that reflects the loss of self-identity inherent to the 80's youth generation. Certainly not a feel good book.

Jul 27, 2010
  • sit_walk rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An interesting book and probably an accurate depiction of moneyed teen life in LA in the early 80s; I can see why it is a "classic". At the same time, it's a rather harrowing and ultimately dispiriting story. Not sure I want to read the sequel, Imperial Bedrooms, after getting through this.

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