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ISBN13: 9780679743248
ISBN10: 0679743243
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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

This powerful and poignant novel of L.A., from the author of Less Than Zero and American Psycho, depicts a generation's overwhelming dissatisfaction with the way things are, and its insistence on remaining as detached and isolated as possible.

Review:

"The Informers is full of morbid Gothic sensibility, sick jokes and outrageous detail... hilarious... ambitious... It [has] sharp observations and impeccably controlled prose." Newsday

Review:

"With a canny journalist's eye for detail and dialogue, Ellis's storytelling carries the complete lack of sentiment and empathy of a seasoned comic novelist." LA Times

Review:

"The Informers shows the work of a writer at the peak of his powers, deeply concerned with the moral decline of our society. The book takes us from the first to the seventh circles of hell, from Salinger to de Sade." Will Self

Review:

"This tedious successor to American Psycho, a patchwork of interrelated vignettes about a set of filthy rich L.A. families in the early 1980s, weds Ellis's over-the-top if one-dimensional satirical style to the sensational hedonism characteristic of Danielle Steel and the spiritual malaise of Douglas Coupland." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"The Informers has fewer gruesome scenes than American Psycho, and its affectlessness renders them less powerful. Still, this is a disturbing book that will be requested by patrons familiar with Ellis's work." Library Journal

Synopsis:

In this seductive and chillingly nihilistic novel, Bret Easton Ellis, the author of American Psycho, returns to Los Angeles, the city whose moral badlands he portrayed unforgettably in Less Than Zero. This time is the early eighties. The characters go to the same schools and eat at the same restaurants. Their voices enfold us as seamlessly as those of DJs heard over a car radio. They have sex with the same boys and girls and buy from the same dealers. In short, they are connected in the only way people can be in that city.

 

Dirk sees his best friend killed in a desert car wreck, then rifles through his pockets for a last joint before the ambulance comes. Cheryl, a wannabe newscaster, chides her future stepdaughter, “You're tan but you don't look happy.” Jamie is a clubland carnivore with a taste for human blood. As rendered by Ellis, their interactions compose a chilling, fascinating, and outrageous descent into the abyss beneath L.A.'s gorgeous surfaces.

About the Author

Bret Easton Ellis is the author of American Psycho, The Rules of Attraction, and Less Than Zero.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679743248
Author:
Ellis, Bret Easton
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
California
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Satire
Subject:
Los Angeles (Calif.) Fiction.
Subject:
Los angeles (calif.)
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Publication Date:
19950831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.00x5.34x.65 in. .56 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679743248 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The Informers is full of morbid Gothic sensibility, sick jokes and outrageous detail... hilarious... ambitious... It [has] sharp observations and impeccably controlled prose."
"Review" by , "With a canny journalist's eye for detail and dialogue, Ellis's storytelling carries the complete lack of sentiment and empathy of a seasoned comic novelist."
"Review" by , "The Informers shows the work of a writer at the peak of his powers, deeply concerned with the moral decline of our society. The book takes us from the first to the seventh circles of hell, from Salinger to de Sade."
"Review" by , "This tedious successor to American Psycho, a patchwork of interrelated vignettes about a set of filthy rich L.A. families in the early 1980s, weds Ellis's over-the-top if one-dimensional satirical style to the sensational hedonism characteristic of Danielle Steel and the spiritual malaise of Douglas Coupland."
"Review" by , "The Informers has fewer gruesome scenes than American Psycho, and its affectlessness renders them less powerful. Still, this is a disturbing book that will be requested by patrons familiar with Ellis's work."
"Synopsis" by , In this seductive and chillingly nihilistic novel, Bret Easton Ellis, the author of American Psycho, returns to Los Angeles, the city whose moral badlands he portrayed unforgettably in Less Than Zero. This time is the early eighties. The characters go to the same schools and eat at the same restaurants. Their voices enfold us as seamlessly as those of DJs heard over a car radio. They have sex with the same boys and girls and buy from the same dealers. In short, they are connected in the only way people can be in that city.

 

Dirk sees his best friend killed in a desert car wreck, then rifles through his pockets for a last joint before the ambulance comes. Cheryl, a wannabe newscaster, chides her future stepdaughter, “You're tan but you don't look happy.” Jamie is a clubland carnivore with a taste for human blood. As rendered by Ellis, their interactions compose a chilling, fascinating, and outrageous descent into the abyss beneath L.A.'s gorgeous surfaces.

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