Then imagine having a second chance 10 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.
Bonus Feature: Includes an interview with the author.
Listen to a conversation with Bret Easton Ellis.
©2005 Bret Easton Ellis; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"The book is mesmerizing, easily his best since Less than Zero." (Publishers Weekly)
"Addictive. . . . Sublime. . . . Exquisite. . . . Stirringly executed. . . . A phantasmagoria of love and loss, a fusion of hallucination and wisdom." (The New York Times)
"The sense of creeping dread is excellent, and the beasts confronted by the Ellis character are genuinely frightening." (Booklist)
This is not a pretty novel. Like the Less Than Zero and American Psycho movies, I empathized with the main characters making me feel unclean throughout the whole novel. I found it even difficult to blink, afraid I would miss something, even though I was listening to the book. I haven't been a fan of Bret Easton Ellis simply because I haven't payed attention to who he was but I am now.
I have always been a fan of the way Mr. Ellis writes and describes every detail with the total truth of what his mind is thinking, without apology. This book continued on with that honest depiction of a man who some would say they would hate, because they would be ashamed to admit they like. Someone they would enjoy sitting back and having conversations with, someone to "party" with. This story was disturbing and I was addicted to it. I wanted to read it all in one sitting. I couldn't wait to get back to it and spent every free time in two days going back to it. I came out wanting to re-read the authors previous books and then finish with re-reading this. Mr. Ellis' long awaited novel was well worth the wait. Again those who don't want to acknowledge the "gritty, dirty, filthy, plain truth about some human behavior" should not expect to be heart warmed by this story. But his honesty makes you believe in what is happening and that is frightening.
I have one thing to say: "Get trashed less and write more." This book is awesome and gripping and Van Der Beek makes it hum! I didn't want to miss a word. I would like audible.com to put the other books by Ellis in an audio format with Van Der Beek as the reader. I am emailing a thumbs up to all of my audiphile addicts.
I loved this book! Very well narrated, spooky thriller with bits of Frankenstein, Macbeth, American Psycho and Stephen King. This is Ellis' best work since his debut -- well told, smart story with lots of interesting twists and turns.
I really enjoyed the confusion between biography and story as the book evolves.
I couldn't stop listening. The author twists elements of his own life and experience into a bizarre and disturbing phycological horror story. Through most of the book, one is not sure if the "monsters" are real or just in the mind of a very messed up character. In fact, at times I wanted them to be real just to ease the creepiness that comes from empathizing with a character who is so lost.
I don't know how well this narrator would do with another genre, but for this book, he was perfect!
I hope Audible can snag a few others by Ellis. I'd love to listen to Less Than Zero and American Psycho.
This was my first Bret Easton Ellis book, so I am not bothered by the clash between the real and fictional author and enjoyed the book at surface value. It is unlike any other book I have listened to, and I really enjoyed the experience. It is strange, irrational, creepy - words that I would not use to describe most of my favorite books - but it worked for me and kept me riveted.
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.
This was my first BEE book, and I found it by turns fascinating and frightening. It's a great story that is moving, scary, and involving. The narration is very strong as well. Very "Stephen King" esque, and an interesting act of meta-fiction (writing about himself fictionally).
Interesting blend of genres (autobiography, horror, satire, suspense) works well in my opinion. This was a lot of fun and kept me on the edge of my seat. Very well read, which always helps. Yes, the protaganist/author is very unlikable; but, so what? It makes me glad I'm not him! I appreciate books/movies that push the limits and this surely qualifies. Listen and enjoy!
Highly recommend. An excellent and entertaining story that is easily accessible to any fans of Ellis and his previous works. Props to the Dawson who does a great job narrating as well...
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