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Lunar park

by Ellis, Bret Easton.

Format: Book on CD 2005
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Penn Hills Library Audio Visual CD ELL
Location  Penn Hills Library
 
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Summary
From the author of Less Than Zero comes a powerful novel about love and loss, fathers and sons, in what is surely the most original and moving work of an extraordinary career. Unabridged. 11 CD's.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "There's a danger when a writer becomes a character in his own novel in order to explore the dissonance between fact and fiction: for readers who haven't followed the writer's personal life, much of the writer's effort will be wasted. In Jay McInerney's--woops, Bret Easton Ellis'--latest, the writer imagines an alternate reality for himself in which he attempts to transform from drug-addled, city-dwelling celebrity author to caring suburban dad. The first chapter promises intimacy, but soon we're trekking through a familiar emotional moonscape. The family drama is hung on a convoluted horror plot that involves missing boys, a possessed toy, the ghost of Ellis pere, and a mysterious stranger who may be impersonating American Psycho's (1991) Patrick Bateman, reenacting his murders note for note. Ellis the writer explores the complex relationship between art and life--deducing that, shockingly, familial bonds are more important to happiness than success--and seems unhappy, ready to shed his violent past. But must he write a horror novel to exorcise his demons? The sense of creeping dread is excellent, and the beasts confronted by the Ellis character are genuinely frightening, but they don't lend any meaningful urgency to his psychological journey. It's as if he used an ax to kill off his ax murderer. --Keir Graff Copyright 2005 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Patrick Bateman, the sociopath of American Psycho, is back, or at least Bret Easton Ellis thinks so. That's Bret Easton Ellis the character, not Bret Easton Ellis the author, except the character is also the author of American Psycho. The truth is, it's hard to sort truth from fiction in Ellis' latest novel. Van Der Beek (who starred as Sean Bateman, Patrick's younger brother in the film adaptation of Ellis's Rules of Attraction) does a fabulous job of playing a nihilistic, bored, paranoid and endlessly irresponsible writer. Though the character is drug-addled for a large portion of the book, Van Der Beek does not portray the stupor in his voice; instead he recounts Ellis's keen observations with the perfect sense of removal and lack of ownership. This distance serves well the horror genre that Ellis flirts with: the listener experiences everything through the main character's eyes, though that character has a reputation for being less than reliable. The Ellis character is done so smoothly that one may think that we are hearing Van Der Beek's natural tone. It is not until hearing him read the smaller roles of the other characters that the listener realizes the range of his capabilities. Simultaneous release with the Knopf hardcover (Reviews, June 27). (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Novelists -- Fiction.
Suburban life -- Fiction.
Married people -- Fiction.
College teachers -- Fiction.
Hallucinations and illusions -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction, American.
Psychological fiction.
Audiobooks.
Publisher New York :Random House,2005
Edition Unabridged ed.
Contributors Van der Beek, James, 1977-
Books on Tape, Inc.
Participants/Performers Read by James Van Der Beek.
Language English
Notes Title and description from container.
Unabridged.
"Bonus feature: includes an interview with the author" --cover
Description 11 audio discs (12 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 0739321781
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