Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The Rules Of Attraction

Bret Easton Ellis is the writer you read for the process of reading. It’s the sort of prose that swings. With a novel like The Rules Of Attraction (or American Psycho, for that matter), you know exactly what the author is getting at on page 7. And while most novels would die a humiliating death in a similar situation, this one doesn’t. 

It’s a cliché you go ahead and use: the writing breathes, on every page. Ellis pummels you with yet another punch (here mostly coming by way of dialogues) and throws you (oh with gusto) into the bohemian vibe of a bunch of spoilt American students at the fictional Camden College. Whether you like any of these characters or not – that’s a different matter. But you are right in the midst of them, you don't want to be anywhere else, and that should count for something.