Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis

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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.
 

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 May 28, 2010 by Vintage. 209 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Then I go into the room and turn on MTV really loud and cut myself another line and then drive to meet my father for lunch.") After these vacant days, the nights are devoted to partying: the in-group gatherings sometimes involve the screening of snuff films;

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Completing the romantic triangle that the screenwriter, Harley Peyton, has drummed up to create more of a story is the dissipated Julian (Robert Downey Jr.), who is Clay's best friend and Blair's new beau.

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Author: Bret Easton Ellis (b 1964) grew up in Los Angeles, and was still an undergraduate at Bennington College in Vermont when he wrote Less Than Zero as a class assignment.

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It’s not the same exact story as the book, but it’s not a bad “teen” drama as a whole.

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Los Angeles Times

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The people who made "Less Than Zero" (citywide)--producer Jon Avnet, director Marek Kanievska ("Another Country"), writer Harley Peyton--may have felt they were being faithful to the original novel's vision.

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In 1985, Bret Easton Ellis published his bestselling debut novel, Less Than Zero, which was quickly adapted into a “Brat Pack” movie.

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