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The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis

The Rules of Attraction (original 1987; edition 1998)

by Bret Easton Ellis

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Title:The Rules of Attraction
Authors:Bret Easton Ellis
Info:Vintage (1998), Edition: First Vintage Contemporaries Edition, June 1998, Paperback, 288 pages
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It took me awhile to get the hang of this book because there are a lot of narrators, and many of them seem similar (in the way that college kids are, so I suppose it's realistic). Some sections are straight story, some are stream of consciousness, but all tell a lot about the characters and the environment they live in. It's hard for me to review this book without comparing it to everything I've read lately. I just read Ellis' American Psycho, and while many of the characters are in both books, I was pleased that the subject matter and storytelling were drastically different. Many authors can't pull that off. I've also recently finished all three of Chad Kultgen's books, and people have said that he is ripping off Bret Easton Ellis. I can see similarities between this book and Kultgen's The Lie, but I have to say I enjoyed The Rules of Attraction a lot more, and thought it had more of a point than Kultgen's novel. Both authors, however, seem to have a problem with endings... ( )
  howifeelaboutbooks | Nov 4, 2015 |
As funny and sad as Less Than Zero was exhausting and depressing ( )
2 vote champerdamper | Aug 13, 2014 |
Fabulous read & fast paced. BEE doesn't disappoint. ( )
1 vote anissaannalise | Jan 1, 2014 |
I read this book because my stepson wanted me to. I gave him the wonderful book The Last Convertible by Anton Myrer some time ago, and he read that and this back to back. Not surprisingly, he experienced some cognitive dissonance because of it. I found this book, the first I've read by Ellis, to be a dark and depressing slog through a college experience I'm glad to have missed. All the characters struck me as amoral and unlikable. Unlikable is too weak a word, I found these people to be loathsome and abhorrent. I was glad to see the last of them. The artsy plot devices annoyed me, too. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
It's not a long book, but it is a little longer than it really needs to be. There was a lot I liked about it, but after a while, I just felt that Ellis was basically repeating the same ideas.

I especially enjoyed the Rashoman-like quality of using multiple narrators to tell the same story in vastly different ways. The idea that the perspectives of two different people about the same events can be so radically different really tickles my fancy at the moment.

Aside from that, a lot of it seems to be going for shock value (Kids these days are doing the drugs and having the sex ... sometimes with the gays), but it strikes me as over-the-top and forced. ( )
  jawalter | Nov 18, 2012 |
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The facts even when beaded on a chain, still did not have real order. Events did not flow. The facts were separate and haphazard and random even as they happened, episodic, broken, no smooth transitions, no sense of events unfolding from prior events--

Tim O'Brien

Going After Cacciato
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and it's a story that might bore you but you don't have to listen, she told me, because she always knew it was going to be like that, and it was, she thinks, her first year, or, actually weekend, really a Friday, in September, at Camden, and this was three or four years ago, and she got so drunk that she ended up in bed, lost her virginity (late, she was eighteen) in Lorna Slavin's room, because she was a Freshman and had a roommate and Lorna was, she remembers, a Senior or a Junior and usually sometimes at her boyfriend's place off-campus, to who she thought was a Sophomore Ceramics major but who was actually either some guy from N.Y.U., a film student, and up in New Hampshire just for The Dressed To Get Screwed party, or a townie.
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Set at a small, affluent liberal-arts college in New England at the height of the Reagan 80s, The Rules of Attraction is a startlingly funny, kaleidoscopic novel about three students with no plans for the future--or even the present--who become entangled in a curious romantic triangle. Bret Easton Ellis trains his incisive gaze on the kids at self-consciously bohemian Camden College and treats their sexual posturings and agonies with a mixture of acrid hilarity and compassion while exposing the moral vacuum at the center of their lives.

Lauren changes boyfriends every time she changes majors and still pines for Victor who split for Europe months ago and she might or might not be writing anonymous love letter to ambivalent, hard-drinking Sean, a hopeless romantic who only has eyes for Lauren, even if he ends up in bed with half the campus, and Paul, Lauren's ex, forthrightly bisexual and whose passion masks a shrewd pragmatism. They waste time getting wasted, race from Thirsty Thursday Happy Hours to Dressed To Get Screwed parties to drinks at The Edge of the World or The Graveyard. The Rules of Attraction is a poignant, hilarious take on the death of romance.

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Lauren, Sean, and Paul "waste time getting wasted and race from Thirsty Thurday Happy Hours to Dressed to Get Screwed parties to drinks at the End of the World."--Cover.

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