Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis

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But why has Ellis written this book? It is not quite as good as Less Than Zero, and it bespeaks writerly exhaustion. For all the violence, it is nostalgic, even sentimental, and the horror he observes is in himself.
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Bret Easton Ellis’s debut, Less Than Zero, is one of the signal novels of the last thirty years, and he now follows those infamous teenagers into an even more desperate middle age.

Clay, a successful screenwriter, has returned from New York to Los Angeles to help cast his new movie, and he’s soon drifting through a long-familiar circle. Blair, his former girlfriend, is married to Trent, an influential manager who’s still a bisexual philanderer, and their Beverly Hills parties attract various levels of fame, fortune and power. Then there’s Clay’s childhood friend Julian, a recovering addict, and their old dealer, Rip, face-lifted beyond recognition and seemingly even more sinister than in his notorious past.

But Clay’s own demons emerge once he meets a gorgeous young actress determined to win a role in his movie. And when his life careens completely out of control, he has no choice but to plumb the darkest recesses of his character and come to terms with his proclivity for betrayal.

A genuine literary event.


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About Bret Easton Ellis

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Bret Easton Ellis is also the author of American Psycho, Glamorama, The Informers, Less Than Zero, Lunar Park and The Rules of Attraction. His work has been translated into twenty-seven languages. He lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published June 9, 2010 by Vintage. 193 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Richard Greene on Jul 10 2010

But why has Ellis written this book? It is not quite as good as Less Than Zero, and it bespeaks writerly exhaustion. For all the violence, it is nostalgic, even sentimental, and the horror he observes is in himself.

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