Lunar Park

Lunar Park

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by Bret Easton Ellis

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Bret Ellis, the narrator of Lunar Park, is a writer whose first novel Less Than Zero catapulted him to international stardom while he was still in college. In the years that followed he found himself adrift in a world of wealth, drugs, and fame, as well as dealing with the unexpected death of his abusive father. After a decade of decadence a chance for…  See more details below


Bret Ellis, the narrator of Lunar Park, is a writer whose first novel Less Than Zero catapulted him to international stardom while he was still in college. In the years that followed he found himself adrift in a world of wealth, drugs, and fame, as well as dealing with the unexpected death of his abusive father. After a decade of decadence a chance for salvation arrives; the chance to reconnect with an actress he was once involved with, and their son. But almost immediately his new life is threatened by a freak sequence of events and a bizarre series of murders that all seem to connect to Ellis’s past. His attempts to save his new world from his own demons makes Lunar Park Ellis’s most suspenseful novel.

In this chilling tale reality, memoir, and fantasy combine to create not only a fascinating version of this most controversial writer but also a deeply moving novel about love and loss, parents and children, and ultimately forgiveness.

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America's gleeful psycho, Bret Easton Ellis returns with his most provocative and engaging effort yet. Showing his meta-fictional mettle, Ellis turns himself into the main character, offering up a memoir of drug-addled novelist who gets a shot at redemption. But the bliss of marriage (to a movie star, no less) and fatherhood evaporates amid the mayhem of a series of murders. Yet somehow this send-up of suburbia, the horror genre, and the very art of the memoir becomes a gripping journey. Middle age be damned: This talented Gen-X author hasn't lost a bit of his edge.

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Vintage Contemporaries
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Lunar Park 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
MattMarak More than 1 year ago
I read Lunar Park when it came out years ago and it stands out as one of the best books that I've read in the past 10 years. It was genius -- bizarre, dark, fantastical. But, oddly enough, completely relatable. This is is Ellis's best novel. And, why I will always pick up any novel he writes in the future.
compson More than 1 year ago
it's likely that brett easton ellis' identity will forever be defined by his novels, 'less than zero' and 'american psycho.' but, 'lunar park' is his literary masterpiece. it's everything dark, tortured, and lost, that he ever put down on paper. this time, the fear and horror don't come from people desperate to lose themselves...but from a man desperate to find and free himself. it's the closest thing to uplifting, he's probably written. &if you can get through to the end, there's much to be learned in his truth and honesty. plus, i just like the way he's constantly evolving the role of narrator...tres postmodern.
Ninja_Dog More than 1 year ago
In Ellis' latest novel, he moves completely outside his comfort zone in every way to deliver a story that is as touching as it is shocking. The narrator and protagonist is Bret Easton Ellis, but not the Ellis of this reality. He's a wasted lush who seeks to rebuild a failed relationship with the mother of his bastard son (a fictional actress). As he moves into suburban life, he fails to adjust and put away his bachelor ways of carousing and substance abuse. However, the stakes are raised when the spirit of his dead father invades upon their quaint home, presumably taking the vicious form of Patrick Bateman. Literally haunted by his past deeds and fictional creations, Ellis is forced to confront his broken past and try harder as a father and husband... not just for his own emotional well being, but for the total survival of his family. Lunar Park deviates from virtually every formula Ellis has used in the past. Ellis' comfort zone is rich, beautiful, emotionally devoid characters who fail to evolve or learn from their lifestyles. We often get virtually nothing in terms of an emotional landscape from his characters, but Ellis (the character) has an intense emotional range and manages to confront a lifetime of familial angst in order to deal with the ghost story he faces. Ellis' novels are also typically grounded in realism (though they are often surreal), but in this one, we are presented with a supernatural thriller. The dry repetitions and lengthy descriptions of past works are also abandoned, replaced by a practical depth that his former narrators are generally not capable of. In almost every way, Lunar Park is an abandonment of the formulae that have made Ellis successful. This is, in my opinion, one of the great successes of the novel. While I highly recommend this novel, I would suggest that anyone interested in Lunar Park read American Psycho first, at the very least. The events of that book bear heavily on the plot of Lunar Park. The main character (and catch-phrase) of Less Than Zero are also an important detail worth understanding before attempting Lunar Park, as well. However, if you have some background with Ellis, you will find Lunar Park both very different and at the same time intense. As an author, Ellis has made himself completely vulnerable in both character detail and narrative goals and in my opinion, has written a novel that's as fascinating as it is unique.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Undoubtedly one of the best books I have ever read. It is funny, gripping, creepy, sad, and melancholy. I listened to it first and now I am reading it to catch the parts that I may have missed. I can't wait to read more of Mr. Ellis' books. I really liked the video scene with his father from the email and the scene where Harrison Ford as a young actor was calling for Mr. Ellis. These parts had me shivering and I was really creeped out. I can't wait to see what else Mr. Ellis comes out with next!!! Thanks for the wild ride Bret! an avid reader
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best Ellis novel yet. I enjoyed this novel immensly. Perfectly captures the nightmare of modern life, real and imagined. This novel will make your heart ache and race at the same time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lunar Park is the sort-of autobiography of its author, Bret Easton Ellis, warped within a funhouse fiction mirror. The book begins with an engaging recount of the author's professional past, and then an onslaught of terrifying psychological and actual events take place over a Halloween holiday weekend. Those who have read his earlier five books will be best prepared to pick up the continuous -- and brilliant -- use of self-referential detail that adds to the literary weight of the novel. Ellis has fused sophisticated postmodern fiction techniques with contemporary horror and the result is one of the best American novels of 2005.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Intruiging at first, then gripping, then genuinely touching at the end
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a truly inspiring book for an author that is bearing his soul for his art. Ellis is at the top of his game here and the allusions to Hamlet (amongst others) and the inclusion of the 'Jayster' are amazing. It's a must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ah, the lost art of self-deprecation. Fans of Ellis will most likely enjoy LUNAR PARK. I also think, however, that fans of horror will also enjoy it a ton. Being a fan of both, I have to say this novel is probably my favorite of his. Its been a long time coming and, for me, it was more than worth the wait. I hope it hasn't been too late. Ellis's previous novels are disturbing, but they usually escape being categorized as horror. LUNAR PARK, despite its classification as literature, absolutely earns itself a place among the top works of horror. Interestingly, this is Ellis's least graphic and gruesome work. If you enjoyed books such as LESS THAN ZERO or the novel KATZENJAMMER by McCrae, then this will be right up your alley.
Guest More than 1 year ago
His best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maybe now the critical tide will turn and he will be given proper recognition as an American prose stylist and writer of great substance.
JackMamet 6 months ago
Uncharacteristically touching and emotional Bret Easton Ellis- I would say this is him at his best, as much as I love American Psycho in all its definitely unemotional and bloody satire.
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rastajule More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, I couldn't get through this book and I hardly EVER put a book down halfway into it. I found it boring and pretentious and at times, disjointed. I got to the point where I just didn't care about the protagonist. It is on my Nook, so maybe I will give it another try in the future.
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