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The Informers
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on July 3, 1998
This book is good in the same way "The Bonfire of the Vanities" by Tom Wolfe is. Both were beautifully written in a microscopic sense, i.e. if you only looked at a paragraph, the author's ability to string words together is stunning. Both were somewhat confusing because of the scope of the subject they attempted to cover (Wolfe the degeneracy of the early 80s New York, Ellis the degeneracy of the early 80s LA). But the importance difference is that Wolfe had something to say about that degeneracy. Mr. Ellis simply had nothing to say in this book, and it showed. I may not be truly qualified to write a review on a book about 1985, as I was in 4th grade at that time. But to be honest, I thought this book was everything Ellis cut out of "Less Than Zero" plus a silly segment about a vampire. If you want to read good Ellis, read "Less Than Zero" and stop. Everyhting else is just a rerun.
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on October 18, 2002
Don't get me wrong - Bret Easton Ellis is one of my favorite authors - along with Chuck Palahniuk and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. So...needless to say having read Ellis many times over, I came in with lofty expectations which sadly went unfulfilled. I read an interview with Ellis where he stated that The Informers was merely a collection of short stories he had been working on for years in between novels when he had writer's block that were basically turned in to satisfy a publishing deadline - he did not expect them to ultimately to be approved for publishing.
Now I know why, Bret. Somewhat enjoyable and recommended strictly for diehard Ellis fans. If you want real Bret Easton Ellis with much more depth, intensity & cohesiveness, pick up The Rules of Attraction, American Psycho, Less Than Zero or Glamorama - all superb and quintessential Ellis reading.
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on January 28, 2004
The most interesting aspect of this book is its narrative structure. It combines multiple stories told in the first person by diverse characters, the events narrated are somehow connected although they don`t create a cohesive whole. Most of these characters are rich elistist, souless and hedonistic people from L.A. who can`t relate to those who surround them, living vapid lives in a mind-numbing loneliness. There are some good, intense and entertaining moments here, as well as a couple of repulsive ones. The ending result is uneven and, for the most part, as shallow as the lives of these cardboard characters. Some of this material reminds me of Martin Amis`s "Money" or Irvine Welsh`s "Ecstasy", however those books are a bit better. Still, this one is worth a look anyway. Mildly recommended.
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on June 20, 2004
IF you're into reading disturbing books that are POSSIBLY some reflection of our society, then you may enjoy this book. I found it unconnected and disjointed. Some characters connected, but others just appeared as a new member of the cast unconnected to anything.
If you approach this as just a series of short stories, rather than a novel, I think you'll enjoy it much more. Didn't make me feel good, particularly introspective, or contemplative.
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on June 19, 2000
Ellis redoes this theme over and over but in this collection of connected short stories he catches his morally and spiritually bankrupt vision of society in the best package to date. For once the voices vary slightly and Ellis opens up so many passageways for the mind to go which keeps pages turning. Some parts are overdone and the whole violence scheme is worked in but this is Ellis' best work to date.
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