this was sometimes a bit difficult to stick with but was ultimately very rewarding.
if you're interested in literature, this should be interesting to you.
My first time reading Bret Easton Ellis, and I was very impressed. He is a gifted writer for sure and I loved his form in this, putting himself into this fictional novel as the main protagonist and narrator was brilliant. By doing this he instantly sucks you in with his opening chapter where he gives us a memoir of sorts to set up this fictional novel. From the first sentence I was enthralled, though the story does start to go all over the place from a false autobiography, to social satire, to mental disorder and drug addiction, to supernatural horror, and to family drama. Even though the book doesn't know what it wants to be at time it never loses your attention. And the ending few paragraphs are some of the most beautifully heartfelt and tragic that I've ever read. The ending had me almost in tears and to me this is a book about father's and their families and their impact on their children, from how the narrators bad relationship with his father effected him into almost the same tragic relationship with his own son. Personal and heartfelt stuff and after reading this book it made me immediately want to go home and tell my wife, daughter, and my father too, how much they all mean to me and how thankful I am to have them.
I don't know that I would listen to this again, but that should not prevent anyone from picking it up. If you like any Bret Easton Ellis book, you will love this.
Augusten Burroughs' memoirs. I know this one is more fictionalized, but Ellis gives off the same naked sense of self that Burroughs possesses.
James Van der Beek is *perfect.
I read Lunar Park when it first came out. Wanting to brush up on it I chose to revisit it in audio book form. James Van Der Beek performs it masterfully. His performance never took me out of it and it's hard not to think the words aren't coming from Ellis himself.
Probably the best audio book I've gotten since WWZ.
Did it meet your expectations?
No. Well I bought it by accented after reading Rules Of Attraction I wanted to buy Less Than Zero but bought this instead and couldn't return it.
Most memorable moment?
Brett, [the character,] describing his state of being during one of his book tours was a highlight. Intriguing writing there.
How was the narrator?
James Van Der Beek narration was the best part of this audiobook.
Ears picking up the slack so my eyes can work.
I like Ellis' aesthetic and his instincts towards the lurid and explorations into the existential crisis of his characters, if that’s the right way of saying it. But I was never as big a fan of his books to expect THIS. Lunar Park knocked me on my ass. I recommend it to everyone I know, and they ALWAYS love it. LOVE it. Yes, it is a bit of a homage to Stephen King. It is even a meditation on his own work (it’s not necessary but it helps if you are at least familiar with Less Than Zero and especially American Psycho -- the novel, not the gutless film version which stripped the novel into a somewhat unconventional though no less shallow of a slasher film).
I can’t say as much as I want about this novel because it is simply better to come in clean. Suffice to say that if you’re not hooked by the first 20 pages (or repulsed), then you’re probably either weird or boring, ha. The story shifts gears after that and we get a plot Stephen King could have come up with, but it is told in a way Ellis specializes in. I wish he would write more like Lunar Park. It is somewhat of a departure. The sincerity he achieves, I mean.