1000 Books in 10 Years; Vol. 117: Imperial Bedrooms, by Bret Easton Ellis

Imperial Bedrooms serves as a sequel of sorts to Bret Easton Ellis’s debut novel Less Than Zero, though it doesn’t exactly pick up where the first novel left off, but rather twenty-five years into the future of those characters who comprised the first novel. Surprisingly enough, most of the cast of characters from the first book as still in touch with each other a quarter of a century later, though their relationships seemed hardly like the type that would stand the test of time. This novel, though similar stylistically with the first, is more akin to a twenty-first century version of Nathaniel West’s The Day Of The Locust, where lust and money and power and artists serve to create a deadly cocktail. It is an easy and entertaining read and is not without its literary merits, but the amoral nature of the characters makes it hard to really become invested with them, and at time Ellis seems to be trying too hard to shock the audience (perhaps he and Chuck Palahnuik have a secret can-you-top-that contest going, which Palahnuik is sure to win).

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Jason John Horn is a writer and critic who recently completed his Master's in English Literature at the University of Windsor. He has composed a play, a novella and a number of short stories and satirical essays.

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