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Bret Easton Ellis - Less Than Zero

Bret Easton Ellis - Less Than Zero

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"Less Than Zero" is a novel written by Bret Easton Ellis, an American author known for his dark and satirical works. Published in 1985, it was Ellis's debut novel and gained significant attention for its depiction of affluent Los Angeles youth and its exploration of themes such as nihilism, alienation, and the moral decay of society.

The story of "Less Than Zero" follows Clay, a college student returning home to Los Angeles for Christmas vacation. As Clay reunites with his friends from high school, he becomes immersed in a world of drugs, hedonism, and emptiness. The novel presents a bleak portrayal of the privileged youth of the 1980s, who are disconnected from their own emotions and engage in destructive behaviors.

Through Clay's observations and experiences, Ellis delves into themes of addiction, materialism, and the superficiality of relationships. The novel offers a critique of the excesses and moral vacuum prevalent in wealthy societies, particularly among the younger generation. Ellis's writing style is characterized by its detached and often disturbing tone, reflecting the emptiness and apathy of the characters.

"Less Than Zero" was highly controversial upon its release due to its explicit content and portrayal of drug use and promiscuity. It has since become a cult classic and a significant work of contemporary American literature. The novel captures the disillusionment and moral ambiguity of a generation, painting a haunting picture of a society consumed by its own decadence.

It's worth noting that Ellis wrote a sequel to "Less Than Zero" titled "Imperial Bedrooms," which was published in 2010. The sequel revisits the characters from the first book and explores their lives years later, further delving into themes of alienation and the consequences of their actions.

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