Imagine becoming a best-selling novelist, and almost immediately famous and wealthy, while still in college, and before long seeing your insufferable father reduced to a bag of ashes in a safety-deposit box, while after American Psycho your celebrity drowns in a sea of vilification, booze, and drugs.
Then imagine having a second chance ten years later, as the Bret Easton Ellis of this remarkable novel is given, with a wife, children, and suburban sobriety—only to watch this new life shatter beyond recognition in a matter of days. At a fateful Halloween party he glimpses a disturbing (fictional) character driving a car identical to his late father’s, his stepdaughter’s doll violently “malfunctions,” and their house undergoes bizarre transformations both within and without. Connecting these aberrations to graver events—a series of grotesque murders that no longer seem random and the epidemic disappearance of boys his son’s age—Ellis struggles to defend his family against this escalating menace even as his wife, their therapists, and the police insist that his apprehensions are rooted instead in substance abuse and egomania.
Lunar Park confounds one expectation after another, passing through comedy and mounting horror, both psychological and supernatural, toward an astonishing resolution—about love and loss, fathers and sons—in what is surely the most powerfully original and deeply moving novel of an extraordinary career.
Cercavo altro e l'ho trovato. Riflessione spapientissima sul confine fra verità e rappresentazione, in un continuo gioco di rimandi in cui il lettore non si rilassa mai. Al punto che si sente costretto a cercare l'autobiografia dell'autore. Nel frattempo si ripensa agli anni '80, a un sogno americano alimentato da stupefacenti e a padri e figli. Ce n'è abbastanza per riempire di orrore e infatti il finale puro horror, mantiene la promessa. Inganno e disinganno, illusione e realtà. Fantasmi e demoni. Tutto in un solo libro....Continua
One of the best novels i have read ever : i keep reading it every 2/3 months and every time it scares the hell out of me about myself , the world , the human nature and everything else .
I keep feeling so sorry about Bret as i believe , i really believe it , that he is indeed haunted .
And i feel so sorry about how things come out and i really wish to know how Robby is doing .
I'm a little ashamed to feel this way about a novel but this thing breathes and lives and walks with me .
Wtf wtf wtf?!?
A voyeuristic, trippy ride.
I alternately both loved and hated this book: sometimes I thought it was brilliant, sometimes awfully tacky. Postmodern horror?
If you like it, go find the album 'Fear of a blank planet' by Porcupine Tree, inspired by this book.