➷ [Reading] ➹ Imperial Bedrooms By Bret Easton Ellis ➬ – Saudionline.co.uk

Imperial Bedrooms chapter 1 Imperial Bedrooms, meaning Imperial Bedrooms, genre Imperial Bedrooms, book cover Imperial Bedrooms, flies Imperial Bedrooms, Imperial Bedrooms 56045d601a6ff Twenty Five Years On FromLess Than Zero , We Pick Up Again WithClay In , Bret Easton Ellis Shocked, Stunned And Disturbed WithLess Than Zero , His Extraordinarily Accomplished First Novel New Yorker , Successfully Chronicling The Frightening Consequences Of Unmitigated Hedonism Within The Ranks Of The Ethically Bereft Youth Of S Los Angeles Now, Twenty Five Years Later, Ellis Returns To Those Same Characters To Clay And The Band Of Infamous Teenagers Whose Lives Weave Sporadically Through His But Now, Some Years On, They Face An Even Greater Period Of Disaffection Their Own Middle Age Clay Seems To Have Moved On He S Become A Successful Screenwriter But When He Returns From New York To Los Angeles, To Help Cast His New Movie, He S Soon Drifting Through A Long Familiar Circle Blair, His Former Girlfriend, Is Now Married To Trent, And Their Beverly Hills Parties Attract Excessive Levels Of Fame And Fortune, Though For All That Trent Is A Powerful Manager, His Baser Instincts Remain He S Still A Bisexual Philanderer Then There S Clay S Childhood Friend, Julian Who S Now A Recovering Addict And Their Old Dealer, Rip Face Lifted Beyond Recognition And Seemingly Even Sinister Than He Was In His Notorious Past Clay, Too, Struggles With His Own Demons After A Meeting With A Gorgeous Actress Determined To Win A Role In His Movie And With His Life Careening Out Of Control, He S Forced To Come To Terms With The Deepest Recesses Of His Character And With His Seemingly Endless Proclivity For Betrayal


10 thoughts on “Imperial Bedrooms

  1. says:

    Do not read this book It s about despicable people doing despicable things In other words, it s about being human in the most essential sense of the term You will not like it because you have to like the characters you read about Or because it s too dull or cold or passe Or because it s misanthropic or misogynistic It s really none of these things, but you ll think it is and say it is and you ll be angry and spiteful and write another tired anti Ellis review Another tired anti postmodernism review.Save your time There are many great books you ll not have time to read during your too short life Let this be one of them This, and White Noise maybe And Jonathan Safran Foer.Clutch desperately to the past To the literature and music and films of your parents and their parents, and so on They ve said everything that needs to be said And they ve invented all the worthwhile ways of saying it Now let s just sit back in our tufted wingbacks and regard it, complacently, religiously.The remainder, after all our contribution to the conversation is only decadence, gimmickry, and superficiality How disgusting we are How pathetically, beautifully, wonderfully disgusting T.S Eliot said so, I think In a manner of speaking.


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    I have defended this writer quite enough already The time s up We are henceforth severing all ties.Jeez how can a critically acknowledged writer move so far back in his own craft, in originality Entering the realm of the true masters with American Psycho even the recent Glamorama and then totally selling out what a disgrace You, Mr Easton Ellis, should feel shame Please retire I really don t want to get into a brief synopsis of this sad excuse for a novella sure its modern only in its brevity all popular writers are now seriously editing back what used to be 500 page behemoths since its all been done and seen before Everything found in the mistitled Bedrooms has been witnessed in previous books, half of which are brilliant Am Psycho , Rules of Attraction the others duds especially The Informers though all of them are hopelessly stuck in the 80 s This book sucks for those barely getting into B.E.E., but even so for hardcore fans like me And, really, how pathetic is it that 2010 is just a drained, drab version of that rock rollin decade we ve all come to appreciate Even the fakeness of the 80s is preferable over all this recycled garbage Just move over, Oldster, and let others explore teenage nihilism and despairBAD


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    INLAND EMPIRE La storia ripete gli antichi vezzi, le facile risposte, le stesse sconfitte , canta Elvis Costello in epigrafe Beyond Belief.Ma deve per forza farlo anche la letteratura Less Than Zero Al di l di tutti i limiti di Marek Kanievska con Andrew McCarthy, Robert Downey Jr entrambi nella foto , James Spader, Jamie Gertz Su di noi avevano fatto un film Il film era tratto da un libro scritto da una persona che conoscevamo Il libro era il semplice racconto di quattro settimane trascorse nella citt in cui siamo cresciuti e in linea di massima era un ritratto fedele Venne catalogato come romanzo, ma solo pochi dettagli avevano subito modifiche e i nostri nomi erano quelli veri e non conteneva nulla che non fosse accaduto veramente.Ecco che sin dall incipit inizia il gioco di specchi tanto caro a Bret Easton Ellis, la gara di inseguimento tra fiction e realt , la continua costante confusione tra romanzo e vita, il rinvio e la sovrapposizione dei personaggi con persone esistenti, a partire dallo stesso autore, che narratore protagonista laureto con lode in autoreferenzialit.Cominci subito, sin dall esordio E qui, in questo ultimo romanzo, raggiunge vette che in realt sono valli dove la letteratura, secondo me, stagna, soffoca American Psycho di Mary Harron, 2000, con Christian Bale in foto , Justin Theroux, Reese Witherspoon, Chlo Sevigny, Daniel Dafoe.Qui, il protagonista io narrante, Clay, lo stesso di Less Than Zero Meno di zero, dove Clay, come qui, era io narrante e protagonista, passa tutto il tempo a spiare chi lo spia, a ricevere sms in corsivo che dicono Ti sto tenendo d occhio , ai quali risponde con un chi sei che rimane senza risposta o con un semplice punto interrogativo, che rimane ugualmente senza risposta.Ti sto tenendo d occhio, Clay ma io, Clay, tengo d occhio te che tieni d occhio me Ti osservo mentre mi osservi.Io, Clay, sto scrivendo un romanzo dove sono protagonista non un autobiografia, solo un racconto dove io sono il personaggio che viene raccontato e anche la persona che lo racconta Rules of Attraction di Roger Avary, 2002, con Ian Somerhalder e Sahnnyn Sossamon in foto.La mia personale sensazione che comunque lo o la stalker che gli invia sms da un numero anonimo abbia letto tutta la produzione letteraria di Ellis, o almeno Lunar Park in qualche modo, anche lo stalker suona autoreferenziale.In queste imperiali camere da letto ci si chiedono cose tipo Come fai a vivere cos ,per ottenere risposte del tipo Fingo di non farlo The Informers Vite oltre il limite di Gregor Jordan, 2008 BEE ha scritto sia il romanzo che la sceneggiatura del film.Ci sono molti sms e iPhone qui, al punto che sembra Ellis ne sentisse la mancanza gi all epoca di Meno di zero e qui si sia alfine preso la rivincita, e scatenato.La solita generosa spruzzata di violenza, pi shakerata che mixata, ma meno generosa che in American Psycho una violenza distaccata, fredda, come il modo di raccontarla stratagemma che presumibilmente dovrebbe aumentare il turbamento e l inquietudine del lettore.Anche se forse non sembrerebbe, io mi sono divertito a leggere questo libro, sempre al tempo presente, perch in qualche modo tanti modi mi ha riportato a Raymond Chandler, a quel genere di noir The Canyons , 2013, probabilmente il film pi brutto del solitamente bravo, quando non ottimo, Paul Schrader, sceneggiatura di BEE Con Lyndsay Lohan e James Deen.PSIo credo che Bret Easton Ellis vorrebbe tanto essere David Lynch.PPSSIn un intervista all epoca dell uscita del romanzo disse per me ovvio che Obama governer un solo mandato e non sar rieletto E quindi, per ogni tipo di previsione, chiedere a lui, Bret l oracolo.PPPSSSEllis ha scritto twitter velenosi contro DFW, il quale non poteva difendersi essendo gi morto A onor del vero, quando era ancora vivo, neppure DFW era stato tenero di giudizi verso BEE Quanto lo capisco The Curse of Downers Grove di Dereck Martini, 2015 Anche in questo caso BEE firma il romanzo e l adattamento.


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    I really can t seem to remember the last time that I rated a novel with only one star But I blame myself I should have seen it coming A friend of mine met BEE at a party in the Hamptons and raved about him So despite my misgivings I thought I would take the plunge and now I deeply regret that I did so Fortunately, the book was terribly short and it s not so much a novel really as a novella I assume BEE knocked it out over a long weekend stay at the Beverly Hilton I am not so much into multiple decapitations any Ditto for torture, drugs and brutal rape Sorry but apparently hundreds of thousands of us are into these plot points and the book is selling rather briskly, I gather But who doesn t like another great story about the incredible artifice of Hollywood I was somewhat shocked to learn of the depths of insincerity lingering in this Mecca of Art, Film, Writing and Music Who knew there was a casting couch for actresses in Hollywood But BEE makes the LA scene seem like so totally cool I can t recall when so many names were dropped in so short a book About the characters isn t it such a struggle to love a book when you can t stand every single character in it I found myself unexpectedly cheering their horrid, individual demise I m not sure that effect was meant to happen for readers His peops struck me as vain, vapid, vacuous, narcissistic, shallow, materialistic, delusional, conspiratorial, paranoid, escapist sorry, I don t mean to rant Isn t this notoriously thin veneer part of BEE s theme Of course, but to hell with it Hollywood might somehow actually be deeply and horrifically, even fatally flawed but we love them anyway because they define American culture and who can argue with the proud legacy of great literature that they have given us All those vampire movies, gangsta rap, reality TV, cheesy romantic films and graphic murder mysteries I hate to say that the writing in IB was contrived but I sensed BEE s contrivances on every page and I so longed to be transported and become immersed in the haunting beauty of the writing There was a moment when I thought this book may have been written as a parody of books about Hollywood, which would have been a far inventive way to go in the narrative But I can see now the sincerity of the narrative in wanting to shock us into understanding that no matter how cool we think Hollywood is, it s really only just a business Hollywood is simply an illusion, a bad dream and sometimes even a nightmare that exists to make money I know, it s shocking I do sincerely hope that BEE s children never suffer to read his novel And I am doing my best to spare you the literary agony of reading this little book, too But, honestly, I implore you to look elsewhere Anywhere This book represents nearly everything that is wrong with American commercial writing and mainstream publishing I am ashamed to think so many people bought this book, read it and a few even admire it I can t begin to imagine what they were thinking But I fell for it, too all the great buzz But buyer beware Maybe it s just the devil making me write this review But don t hate me as BEE has so famously quipped I m only the writer To BEE or not to BEE that is the question Go with not to BEE this time.


  5. says:

    Fortunately, I didn t have to wait 25 years to read this one But unfortunately this one sucked big time This is mostly a standalone than a sequel for less than zero While the detached unfazed narration of clay is still same, the whole book didn t intrigue me in any way It mostly reminded me of 5th season of Californication, but the darker version If you loved LTZ and want of Clay, you re in for a disappointment You should ve disappeared there I guess Bret Easton Ellis is still stuck in 80 s and 90 s still my favourite author.


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    Imperial Bedrooms is Bret Easton Ellis sequel to Less Than Zero It s not a book for most people.Having dismissed most of you out of hand, I now turn my attention to those of us for whom this book was written.If you were young, smart, rich, and beautiful in the early 1980 s, here is our glorious, shameful tribute it was once okay to openly admit you were an elitist Before the ravages of AIDS, herpes, crack cocaine, and the resulting cautionary morality that swallowed us whole, we were a freewheeling set of shameless consumers I d forgotten how awesome it was to live dangerously I d forgotten how it felt, too, when everyone accepted responsibility for their own misfortunes rather than blaming society or the government Somehow it was better that way.Imperial Bedrooms follows the young Californians of Less Than Zero into their mid 40 s They are exactly as we left them lethal, self obsessed Ellis greatest gift to the reader is that this tale is mercifully brief It didn t take long to remind us of who we were.I devoured this book in one night, and for those few hours, I was twenty years old again I was infused with the idea that anything and anyone was possible Risk, sex, drugs, strangers so what The final pages are a crash landing that jolt you back to reality I said farewell to my old self and gratefully returned to the mundane world of mortgages, multiple tuitions, and dinner parties Our legacy.


  7. says:

    Highly polished Less Than Zero fan fiction for not one second do I buy into the idea that Bret Easton Ellis actually believes his characters survived beyond the very late 80s or early 90s The literary equivalent of a Sp der Man action figure.Also please note that Elvis Costello does not make an appearance beyond an epigraph as any sort of symbol or signpost, as he did in LTZ But Warren Zevon does Twice, actually As such, since naming a novel set in LA Werewolves of London or Things to Do in Denver When You re Dead would bebe just sillyI suggest future editions of IB be retitled My Shit s Fucked Up from the WZ album Life ll Kill Ya Since Clay is, y know, such an excitable boy.


  8. says:

    I expect to be able to read YA fiction in under three hours or a Charlaine Harris book , but not literary fiction This slim, flimsy novel is not a worthy followup especially after three decades to that eighties Zeitgeist capturing classic, Less Than Zero The characters have not aged well, natch but much seriously, their creator seems to have regressed in trying to invoke them again While the jaded narrative voice of Clay as an Alice who made the mistake of staying too long in the shallow Wonderland of L.A is still pitch perfect, other characters remain mere wisps or stand ins Blair is a cardboard cutout everything having to do with Julian can be summed up by the single word desperate Actually, the main character here is L.A., but Ellis has nothing new or interesting or particularly current to contribute to the inordinate cultural output already devoted to our own American Gomorrah Similarly, Ellis loves to compare himself to Raymond Chandler, but his work is nothing like Chandler s So the city as character shtick is anemic and unforthcoming, while Ellis attempt to persuade us that he is writing in a vein of contemporary noir falls flat In fact, there is no mystique or enigma here, no sense of urgency about the story s forward momentum or its characters arcs This is not a thriller or a character study worst of all, it has nothing lucid to say about our modern age Whatever one s opinion of Ellis and his style, it must be argued that his early works did capture some essential, postmodern malaise that seemed to infect twentysomethings of the eighties His name and his early books will always be at home in any conversation about that decade of brand new MTV, cocaine fed trustafarian culture, and disaffected youth left flat by the failure of the Age of Aquarius Here, the only real mystery has to do with Rain who is just too dumb, dull and grasping to be quite believable as a plot driving character What exactly ARE the personal merits that make it possible for her to seduce nearly every male character in Greater L.A Nothing that could possibly explain her charm is to be found in the pages of this book I m disappointed I demand a sequel to The Rules of Attraction


  9. says:

    Do you remember when Bret Easton Ellis was a ground breaking new author who wrote novels that shook you to the core, that angered you and made you feel like you were reading something new and unique I know that s how I felt when I read American Psycho it was a horrible look into a killer mind, one that stayed with me for a long time after I finished reading the book I ve read two books by Ellis recently, Imperial Bedrooms and Lunar Park They both have the same problem in that there s nothing really new in them Lunar Park at least has the meta enjoyment of Ellis being haunted by his own creations, but Imperial Bedrooms is merely a where are they now of the Less Than Zero cast And you know what, I don t care It s boring, all of it.The whole book can be summed up as blah blah people suck blah blah Hollywood is heartless blah blah sex blah blah violence blah blah paranoia blah blah betrayals and so on It s a huge pile of nothing, that was not challenging or even remotely interesting There was one thing gained from reading Imperial Bedrooms however I now know better than to bother with another novel by Bret Easton Ellis If there was any doubt before they are now blown completely away Ellis is irrelevant He has nothing new to say, and he s not even saying the old stuff in a new way that makes it feel remotely fresh.


  10. says:

    Response Song When I bought my first copy of David Bowie s Scary Monsters I remember the strange feeling of listening to a song sequel of Major Tom, titled Ashes To Ashes How amazing Revisiting a character in a song I was stunned and exhilarated because I had no experience, or rather, no awareness of the idea of response songs This practice is easily tracked in radio and recorded popular music but two of the most classic response songs come from older songs, in the blues, by Muddy Waters responding to Bo Diddly, Mannish Boy and I m A Man or Buddy Holly responding to his own work Peggy Sue and Peggy Sue Got Married What do you do when you write a dark, evil novel filled with aimless, cruel, addicted people who become wildly popular and sentimental favourites to readers Kill off your novel with a sequel That is what Ellis has done In the same way when David Lynch created an frightening lexicon of images and characters in the mini series Twin Peaks and networks gave him an opportunity to create an actual tv showhe had to hit us over the head Evil is at home Evil is not supernatural The original mini series tells us who is BOB the name of the devil in the series but the packaging was so wonderful we wanted and seemed to miss the thesis I was am a huge fan of the novel Less Tahn Zero So I guess I am partly responsible for Ellis having to go back and hit us over the head with these are awful people and god, why on earth would I want to read even about them Well, I did I don t know why Maybe because I loved the novel, and it was a so called voice of my generationit did encapsulate what it felt like to be a young person in the 1980 s It had violence, drugs, sex and existentialism and the feeling of hopelessness Duh It was brilliant.Sentimental No I don t believe I was sentimentalbut the movie version of the noveland the fact that almost every hip urban person I knew had also read it and loved it and felt it reflected something about urban life, contemporary life meant something I also went on to follow all of Ellis s novels and am a big defender of American Psycho To this day, I think it is one of the best novels out there, surely from the 80 s I put it alongside Blood Meridian and Cities of The Red Night Imperial Bedrooms will bother a lot of readers It is sick and disturbing and depressing What becomes of the 1980 s characters who were sick, sadistic, addicted, lazy, remote and how could you build a plot about them in the future How could you take it up a level and what could be worse than rape, drugs and mindgames Hollywood I was excited to see Bret Easton Ellis interviewed on Tavis Smiley a couple months ago Tavis wanted to address a few things about the sentimental attitude towards Less Than Zero the movie version is beloved and the generation involved which includes Ellis and Smiley and me You can see this interview here I find Ellis very well spoken and interesting He says something cool about American Psycho about a lot of things happening in financial world today I think American Psycho, sic is a portrait of those men AIG, Goldman Sachs when they were very young Ouch Imperial Bedrooms isn t for everyone I don t even want to recommend it to you It is depressing It is violent and perverse There is something wrong with the people in the novel, but that s the point Ellis has been likened to Philip Roth and F Scott Fitzgerald, and I think those are good comparisons But I see Ellis as closely related to Jim Thompson, Raymond Chandler, William Burroughs and Aldous Huxley He has always portrayed his culture at the very moment of it s settingand this new novel is really in the noir, transgressive genre, like those writers Huxley and Burroughs and Thompson Imperial Bedrooms is also quite beautifully written There are parts of the novel that are so poetic and delicateno one was surprised than me Except when I read his other recent novel, Lunar Park Ellis plays a terrific meta fiction kind of trick in the beginning of the novel which allows him the complete freedom to murder off any sentimentality us fans might have harboured for the original novel He writes a response song that reveals passivity and composure might just be evil in disguise In Ellis s world being a mannered successful person isn t all that cool The quiet ones are the bad guys And like the Lynchian worldview, if you don t act, then, the killer is inside you.


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