Lunar Park

Lunar Park

Book - 2005
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Imagine becoming a best-selling novelist, and almost immediately famous and wealthy, while still in college, and before long seeing your insufferable father reduced to a bag of ashes in a safety-deposit box, while after American Psycho your celebrity drowns in a sea of vilification, booze, and drugs.

Then imagine having a second chance ten years later, as the Bret Easton Ellis of this remarkable novel is given, with a wife, children, and suburban sobriety--only to watch this new life shatter beyond recognition in a matter of days. At a fateful Halloween party he glimpses a disturbing (fictional) character driving a car identical to his late father's, his stepdaughter's doll violently "malfunctions," and their house undergoes bizarre transformations both within and without. Connecting these aberrations to graver events--a series of grotesque murders that no longer seem random and the epidemic disappearance of boys his son's age--Ellis struggles to defend his family against this escalating menace even as his wife, their therapists, and the police insist that his apprehensions are rooted instead in substance abuse and egomania.

Lunar Park confounds one expectation after another, passing through comedy and mounting horror, both psychological and supernatural, toward an astonishing resolution--about love and loss, fathers and sons--in what is surely the most powerfully original and deeply moving novel of an extraordinary career.
Publisher: New York, NY : Knopf : 2005
ISBN: 9780375412912
Branch Call Number: FIC Elli
Characteristics: 307p


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tritonesub Jun 29, 2016

Surprisingly moving and vulnerable writing from Ellis (I had been expecting a Stephen King-type horror story, judging from all the reviews on Goodreads), with tear-jerker moments at the end. The reader is left with many questions, especially regarding what is real and who the characters really are, but at the heart is the unexpectedly sweet and sad tale about father and son, duplicated over three generations. Made me wonder what his future novels will be like. Maybe a different direction?

PimaLib_WilliamB May 07, 2015

Ellis becomes the central character in this story about himself and grapples with a character from his past, the infamous Patrick Bateman featured in his "American Psycho" book. Haunting and creepy and psychological.

Apr 17, 2012

Lunar Park is a worthwhile read, although a second reading may make it more cohesive to me. Ellis' unaffected prose still creates unnerving sensations in the reader, and the novel's meta-fictional theme is very humorous, but Ellis' insistent dwelling on protagonists who occupy bleak emotional landscapes leaves me feeling a little unsatisfied as a reader who seeks the emotional grit of it all. I would like to see Bret Ellis infuse his novels with a little more genuine humanity, as I think this would make his satire even more cutting. All-in-all, Lunar Park had some very elegantly composed passeges, even if many of its strange events somehow felt pointless.

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