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Less than Zero

Bret Easton Ellis

Less than Zero

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Published by Picador .
Written in English


Edition Notes

Statementby Bret Easton Ellis.
The Physical Object
Pagination208p.
Number of Pages208
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL21309381M

She appears a few times in the novel, most notably at a New Year's party where she shoots heroin publicly while laughing and crying. Leslie Fiedler's assertion that the new 'Pop novel' thrives on the genres most associated with exploitation by the mass media, namely the Western, Science Fiction, and Pornography, is fully borne out by Ellis' tale, which makes use of these fields not only as the 'cultural' background to its foreground action, but also as the target of its obliquely presented exposure of social grievances. He remembers closing the family home, and his grandmother's fear of death. THE smartest thing that the makers of ''Less Than Zero'' have done is the thing that they didn't do: stick very closely to Bret Easton Ellis's novel, no matter how trendy and best-selling that book may have been.

Kanievska gives it a superficial stylishness that is quite spectacular; every scene revolves around one ingeniously bizarre touch or another the lighting effects are especially dazzlingand the cumulative effect is as striking as it means to be. Santa would be bigger than me. Someone who is used to swallowing blindly whatever is served will never understand subtlety. Drawing on all these talents, Stuart J. Worth hired Pulitzer Prize -winning playwright Michael Cristofer to write the screenplay. Claudia Weill was going to direct at one stage but then was dropped by the studio.

There's no connection, aside for the occasional pity towards the kids for the lack of parental love and guidance, and the shock and disgust at the horrible lifestyle of the rich, bored, and drugged. Maybe that's Less Than Zero's redeeming feature. After attending a concert with his friends, Clay accompanies them to an alleyway, where they stare, fascinated, at the corpse of a young man, presumably dead by overdose. He reads the paper, "at twilight," and finds "a story about how a local man tried to bury himself alive in his backyard because it was 'so hot, too hot'". One of Clay's friends even has to read in a Hollywood industry periodical to find out where her mother is.


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In the nocturnal silence of the Hollywood hills Clay can "hear the sound of coyotes howling and dogs barking and palm trees shaking in the wind up in the hills". It is fundamentally true. But society is also in a state of threatening unrest and imbalance.

This sense of doom is related to the traditional notion of the Christian apocalypse when Clay starts "watching religious programs on cable TV because [he is] tired of watching videos". Young Alana, who has just gone through an abortion, knowledgeably confides in Clay, "I think we've all lost some sort of feeling".

On closer scrutiny, the dizzying spiral of Clay's desperate search for pleasure and diversion in the metropolitan purgatory of ennui and angst reveals some inner logic.

He stuck close to the tone of the novel and had Clay take some drugs but did not make him bisexual. The list of drugs consumed by Clay and his friends offers a faithful replica of the existing drug scene and testifies to the fact that in Hollywood "the white kid digs hallucination simply because he is conditioned to believe so much in escape, escape as an integral part of life, because the white L.

It proves a highly effective strategy of providing the understated and scarcely verbalized problems of the rather incoherent narrator and his peers with some deeper meaning.

Flashback Sequences The novel is set during Clay's Christmas vacation from college. Clay's aimless meandering between beach houses in Malibu and extravagant villas in the Hollywood Hills, guarded mansions in Bel Air and expensive bungalows in Palm Springs conveys an image of a world which is characterized by frantic hedonism and pathetic futility.

Ronald Reagan, a former actor deeply entrenched in corrupt Hollywood politics, was US president. Now we are seeking ways to write and draw those ideas that squeeze their way through the everyday chores of our minds. The facts were separate and haphazard and random even as they happened, episodic, broken, no smooth transitions, no sense of events unfolding from prior events.

Disappear Here". What is he doing? She's squatting on a sidewalk by the freeway"—by the freeway, that is, on which people are afraid to 'merge.

Clay lets her stay in his room for the night while he lies by the pool until dawn. Wonder if he's for sale. Some critics have compared Ellis's fiction to this American novel of alienated youth in the s.

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Study Guide for Less Than Zero. Less Than Zero study guide contains a biography of Bret Easton Ellis, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. I had no idea that 'Less Than Zero' was going to be read by anyone outside of Los Angeles, and it's - believe me, as the writer of the book I'm somewhat amused and intrigued by the idea that 25 years later it's still out and people are still reading it.

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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. LESS THAN ZERO is a haunting indictment of a spiritually bankrupt youth culture, a culture where the right clothes, the right car, the precise tilt of one’s sunglasses are the only “statements.