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ISBN13: 9780679781493
ISBN10: 0679781498
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Set in L.A. in the early 1980s, this bestselling and coolly mesmerizing novel established its young author as the E Scott Fitzgerald for a generation so irretrievably lost that its motto might be "Disappear here."

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.

Review:

"A killer — sexy, sassy, and sad... It's a teenage slice-of-death novel, no holds barred." Village Voice

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"One of the most disturbing novels I've read in a long time. It possesses an unnerving air of documentary reality." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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"Catcher in the Rye for the MTV generation." USA Today

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"Never has Hollywood's version of success looked so frightening in a piece of contemporary literature." Newsday

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"Bret Easton Ellis? is an extremely traditional and very serious American novelist. He is the model of filial piety, counting among his parents Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nathanael West, and Joan Didion." Carolyn See, Washington Post

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"Startling and hypnotic... a haunting, evocative portrait of a kind of L.A. life almost too turbulent to believe." Interview

Review:

"Filled with languid comic terror, Less than Zero is a startling debut for Bret Ellis, a no wave West Coast La Dolce Vita." Richard Price

Synopsis:

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.

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Chasehill451, May 4, 2007 (view all comments by Chasehill451)
Ellis' skills as a moralist writer are so advanced and subtle that they go almost unnoticed. 'Less Than Zero' reminds it's readers of "Gatsby" or even "Catcher and the Rye" and it does so in a way that appeals to the current generation. The Novel's brilliant dipiction of this apathetic and bored group of L.A. teens is disturbing and turbulant. These kids are lost. They have experienced sex, drugs, and moral nihilism at an early age. The Novel is brilliant. Really Brilliant.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679781493
Author:
Ellis, Bret Easton
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Narcotic habit
Subject:
Los angeles
Subject:
Generation X
Subject:
Los Angeles (Calif.) Fiction.
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
Los angeles (calif.)
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Series Volume:
8
Publication Date:
19980631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.00x5.17x.56 in. .46 lbs.

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Product details 208 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679781493 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A killer — sexy, sassy, and sad... It's a teenage slice-of-death novel, no holds barred."
"Review" by , "One of the most disturbing novels I've read in a long time. It possesses an unnerving air of documentary reality."
"Review" by , "Catcher in the Rye for the MTV generation."
"Review" by , "Never has Hollywood's version of success looked so frightening in a piece of contemporary literature."
"Review" by , "Bret Easton Ellis? is an extremely traditional and very serious American novelist. He is the model of filial piety, counting among his parents Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nathanael West, and Joan Didion."
"Review" by , "Startling and hypnotic... a haunting, evocative portrait of a kind of L.A. life almost too turbulent to believe."
"Review" by , "Filled with languid comic terror, Less than Zero is a startling debut for Bret Ellis, a no wave West Coast La Dolce Vita."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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