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Imperial Bedrooms

Bret Easton Ellis

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Bret Easton Ellis’s debut, Less Than Zero, is one of the signal novels of the last thirty years, and he now follows those infamous teenagers into an even more desperate middle age.

Clay, a successful screenwriter, has returned from New York to Los Angeles to help cast his new movie, and he’s soon drifting through a long-familiar circle. Blair, his former girlfriend, is married to Trent, an influential manager who’s still a bisexual philanderer, and their Beverly Hills parties attract various levels of fame, fortune and power. Then there’s Clay’s childhood friend Julian, a recovering addict, and their old dealer, Rip, face-lifted beyond recognition and seemingly even more sinister than in his notorious past.

But Clay’s own demons emerge once he meets a gorgeous young actress determined to win a role in his movie. And when his life careens completely out of control, he has no choice but to plumb the darkest recesses of his character and come to terms with his proclivity for betrayal.

A genuine literary event.

From the Hardcover edition.

Publishers Weekly Review

Mar 29, 2010 – Ellis explores what disillusioned youth looks like 25 years later in this brutal sequel to Less Than Zero. Clay, now a screenwriter, returns at Christmas to an L.A. that looks and operates much as it did 25 years ago. Trent is now a producer and married to Clay's ex, Blair, while Julian runs an escort service and Rip, Clay's old dealer, has had so much plastic surgery he's unrecognizable. While casting a script he's written, Clay falls for a young, untalented actress named Rain Turner, and his obsession and affair with her powers him through an alcoholic haze that swirls with images of death, mysterious text messages, and cars lurking outside his apartment. The story takes on a creepy noirish bent—with Clay as the frightened detective who doesn't really want to know anything—as it barrels toward a conclusion that reveals the horror that lies at the center of a tortured soul. Ellis fans will delight in the characters and Ellis's easy hand in manipulating their fates, and though the novel's synchronicity with Zero is sublime, this also works as a stellar stand-alone.

Customer Reviews

Revisiting

Written from the perspective of Clay two decades plus after being introduced in "Less Than Zero", we are privy to the lives of the same cast of characters, adults now, who have now insinuated themselves into the professional fabric of Los Angeles. All equally as vacuous, every one filled with a vituperative cunning, we witness these young adults unravel a mystery that has all of the Bret Easton Ellis trademarks: spasms of surreal violence, a culture with a fetishistic worship of ephemera(fame/money/youth etc.), a detached nonchalance dominating the proceedings(descriptions of torture and eating lunch having the exact same tone for example); in short, the markings of an Ellis novel.
Post Modern(sorry) noir at it's zenith. A must read for both Ellis fans and also crime/noir aficionados.

Imperial Bedrooms
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Jun 15, 2010
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Seller: Random House, LLC
  • Print Length: 192 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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