By Bret Easton Ellis
Set in l. a. within the early 1980's, this coolly enthralling novel is a uncooked, robust portrait of a misplaced iteration who've skilled intercourse, medicinal drugs, and disaffection at too early an age, in an international formed by means of informal nihilism, passivity, and an excessive amount of funds a spot without feeling or hope.
Clay comes domestic for Christmas holiday from his jap university and re-enters a panorama of unlimited privilege and absolute ethical entropy, the place every body drives Porches, dines at Spago, and snorts mountains of cocaine. He attempts to resume emotions for his female friend, Blair, and for his ally from highschool, Julian, who's careering into hustling and heroin.
Clay's vacation becomes a dizzying spiral of desperation that takes him throughout the relentless events in glitzy mansions, seedy bars, and underground rock golf equipment and likewise into the seamy international of L.A. after dark.
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Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis