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Glamorama (Vintage Contemporaries) Paperback – March 21, 2000
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is, without a doubt, one of the most horrific, hilarious, and many other words starting with "h" novels I have ever read.
Victor Ward and his "friends" are everything I've ever dreamed and feared New York City society is like. At first, the book seems to be about quite possibly the most insipid male model in history. But Ellis had a lot more in his sights: what celebrity does to our perceptions of ourselves; how we can let ourselves become passengers in our own lives; and how we've become inured to violence in the media and movies.
This book has such an incredibly slowly developed sense of menace and spiraling insanity, that I didn't even realize it was there until it was already too late. Which is exactly what happens to Victor in the novel.
I'll say this. I read this every morning on the subway into work, and found myself alternatingly cackling with laughter, and clutching the handstrap for support. I don't think I've ever had such a visceral reaction to a book before.
One of the most shocking, surprising, novels I've ever read. It's definitely not for the easily queasy, but otherwise, I cannot recommend it enough.
*A little note: I'd also recommend reading Rules of Attraction before picking this up.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's not my favorite from Bret Easton Ellis but it's still worth reading. It just seems to take to long to get to the point.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Vacuous celebrities singing "We all live in a yellow limousine." Then again, it was meant to be a satire.Published 4 months ago by Mr. D. P. Jay
Story of naïve youth sprinkled with stomach turning torture porn. Ellis picks up where he left off with American Psycho chronicling the psychosis lurking beneath the bright branded... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Chet Blaine
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 16 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 22 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 22 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 on February 20, 2014 by Amazon Customer