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Glamorama is a satirical mass-murder opus more ambitious than Bret Easton Ellis's 1990 American Psycho. It starts as a spritz-of-consciousness romp about kid-club entrepreneur Victor Ward, "the It boy of the moment," an actor-model up for Flatliners II. Ellis has perfect pitch for glam-speak, and he gives nightlife the fizz, pace, and shimmer it lacks in drab reality. Anyone could cite the right celeb names and tunes, but like a rock-polishing machine, his prose gives literary sheen to fame-chasing air-kissers. He's coldly funny: when Victor's girl tries to argue him out of a breakup, she angrily snorts six bumps of coke, stops, mutters, "Wrong vial," snorts four corrective doses from whatever she has in her other fist, then objects to a rival at the party wearing the same dress she's wearing.
You had to be there; Ellis makes you feel you are. But such satire is a very smart bomb targeting a very large barn. Models' status anxiety doesn't merit Ellis's Tom Wolfe-esque expertise. Glamorama gets better when Victor gets drafted into a mysterious group of model-terrorists who bomb 747s and the Ritz in Paris, wearing Kevlar-lined Armani suits. Oh, they still behave like shallow snobs, pronouncing "cool" as if it had 12 o's. But now when somebody swills Cristal, it's apt to be poisoned, to horrific effect, which Ellis expertly, affectlessly describes. His enfant-terrible debut, Less Than Zero, aped Joan Didion. Now Ellis has grown into a lesser Don DeLillo--and that's high praise. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The evil twin of fellow brat-packer Jay McInerney's Model Behavior, Ellis's (The Informers) bad trip through glitterary New York has everything his fans (and critics) have come to expect: graphic sex, designer drugs, rock 'n' roll allusions, splatterpunk violence and characters as deep as 8"x10" glossies. Protagonist Victor Ward, a "model-slash-loser," is opening his own trendy Manhattan club while cheating on his supermodel girlfriend and back-stabbing his partner. After some adventures in clubland, the plot takes a turn for the paranoid. Victor is recruited by a mysterious figure, F. Fred Palakon, to track down a former girlfriend gone missing in London. There he becomes unwillingly drawn into a terrorist group?run, like so much else in the novel, by a supermodel?that bombs fashionable hangouts, hotels and jetliners. Throughout, Ellis clutters his hallmark proper-noun realism with excessive name-dropping and strung-out plotting. The satirist in Ellis seems to want to indict celebrity-obsessed, materialistic and superficial contemporary culture. With this novel he, perhaps unwittingly but certainly ironically, provides Exhibit A. 100,000 first printing.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A review by Dr. Joseph Suglia
Ellis's most recent novel, "Glamorama" (1998), is a departure for the author, insofar as it does not merely concern the hollowness... Read more
If you like Brett Easton-Ellis, "Below zero", "The rules of attraction", "American psycho" and "Lunar park" are all better reads.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Three hundred pages of ridiculous exposition punctuated with a pretty awesome 150 page thriller at the end. I love Ellis, but this may be one of his weaker books. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Pumpkin Escobar
Ellis is a one of a kind writer, and very talented. This novel is exciting to the point of causing sleep loss. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jeffrey Robert Norman
Sour, sarcastic, bitter, loathing yet loving his protagonist . . .
Terrifying in numerous ways - the antihero's vapidness, and what is to become of him. Read more
I enjoyed reading this and was sucked in, but I found the ending confusing. The main character was replaced by a double so convincing that even his sister could not tell, which I... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was exactly what I ordered and more!
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Such a shame that Barnes and Noble doesn't sell it. Read more
Maybe it's just me but I found this book boring and slow . My least favorite of his novels so far.....shrug?Published 19 months ago by Matthew P. Wineberg