Wednesday, February 09, 2011

16/64: Lunar Park

Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis, 3/5 Stars
Entertained Me: Med, Made Me Think: Low

Cover of Cover of Lunar ParkAfter finishing American Psycho, someone mentioned a preference for Lunar Park. Since I happened through the library later that day, I grabbed it off the shelf. Lunar Park is a very different kind of Ellis book--much more Dean Koontz than it is the Easton Ellis of yore--a departure from the grim characters living in an uncaring society to a story about a man that is trying to find answers; to move from death back into life. Conversations in this book have more meaning than in previous books. That is to say, speaking about material things in previous books was objectively important, but I'd lump all conversations into that one category, seemingly repetitive. In this book, each conversation was more its own unique entity and purpose.

Lunar Park is touted as a semi-fictional autobiography, which made it interesting. Before I knew this, I actually looked up the actress Jayne Dennis to see who she was. As much as I love/hate Ellis' work, I was disappointed that his style had changed. Instead of a bold statement cut from a slice of someone's life and recorded in words, this was practically a complete story from beginning to end. I wasn't fond of his foray into the world of fantasy, but I did like how he wove characters and plot into this novel from his previous books. Enjoyable read, but not thought provoking.

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