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The Rules of Attraction

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ISBN13: 9780679781486
ISBN10: 067978148x
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Set at a small, affluent liberal-arts college in New England at the height of the Reagan 80s, The Rules of Attraction is a startlingly funny, kaleidoscopic novel about three students with no plans for the future--or even the present--who become entangled in a curious romantic triangle. Bret Easton Ellis trains his incisive gaze on the kids at self-consciously bohemian Camden College and treats their sexual posturings and agonies with a mixture of acrid hilarity and compassion while exposing the moral vacuum at the center of their lives.

Lauren changes boyfriends every time she changes majors and still pines for Victor who split for Europe months ago and she might or might not be writing anonymous love letter to ambivalent, hard-drinking Sean, a hopeless romantic who only has eyes for Lauren, even if he ends up in bed with half the campus, and Paul, Lauren's ex, forthrightly bisexual and whose passion masks a shrewd pragmatism. They waste time getting wasted, race from Thirsty Thursday Happy Hours to Dressed To Get Screwed parties to drinks at The Edge of the World or The Graveyard. The Rules of Attraction is a poignant, hilarious take on the death of romance.

Review:

"This tale of privileged college students at their self-absorbed and childish worst is the very book that countless students have dreamed of writing at their most self-absorbed and childish moments....[T]he narrative relies on the stalest staples of melodrama...without giving the impression that anything is happening or that any of it matters." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[Ellis's] novels bypass the mind completely; they exist only in the marketplace." The New Yorker

Review:

"Serves to establish Mr. Ellis's reputation further as one of the primary inside sources in upper-middle-class America's continuing investigation of what has happened to its children." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Ellis is, first and last, a moralist. Under cover of his laconic voice, every word in his [novels] springs from grieving outrage at our spiritual condition." Los Angeles Times Book Review

Review:

"Inspired. A wonderfully comic novel." Gore Vidal

About the Author

Bret Easton Ellis is the author of Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, American Psycho, The Informers, and Glamorama. He was born in 1964 and raised in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Bennington College and lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679781486
Author:
Ellis, Bret Easton
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
College students
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
New hampshire
Subject:
New Hampshire Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Series Volume:
GTR-373
Publication Date:
19980631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8 x 5.19 x 0.62 in 0.5 lb

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Product details 288 pages Vintage Contemporaries - English 9780679781486 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This tale of privileged college students at their self-absorbed and childish worst is the very book that countless students have dreamed of writing at their most self-absorbed and childish moments....[T]he narrative relies on the stalest staples of melodrama...without giving the impression that anything is happening or that any of it matters."
"Review" by , "[Ellis's] novels bypass the mind completely; they exist only in the marketplace."
"Review" by , "Serves to establish Mr. Ellis's reputation further as one of the primary inside sources in upper-middle-class America's continuing investigation of what has happened to its children."
"Review" by , "Ellis is, first and last, a moralist. Under cover of his laconic voice, every word in his [novels] springs from grieving outrage at our spiritual condition."
"Review" by , "Inspired. A wonderfully comic novel."
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