Surprisingly moving and vulnerable writing from Ellis (I had been expecting a Stephen King-type horror story, judging from all the reviews on Goodreads), with tear-jerker moments at the end. The reader is left with many questions, especially regarding what is real and who the characters really are, but at the heart is the unexpectedly sweet and sad tale about father and son, duplicated over three generations. Made me wonder what his future novels will be like. Maybe a different direction?
Ellis becomes the central character in this story about himself and grapples with a character from his past, the infamous Patrick Bateman featured in his "American Psycho" book. Haunting and creepy and psychological.
Lunar Park is a worthwhile read, although a second reading may make it more cohesive to me. Ellis' unaffected prose still creates unnerving sensations in the reader, and the novel's meta-fictional theme is very humorous, but Ellis' insistent dwelling on protagonists who occupy bleak emotional landscapes leaves me feeling a little unsatisfied as a reader who seeks the emotional grit of it all. I would like to see Bret Ellis infuse his novels with a little more genuine humanity, as I think this would make his satire even more cutting. All-in-all, Lunar Park had some very elegantly composed passeges, even if many of its strange events somehow felt pointless.
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