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Ellis, whose earlier work includes “Less Than Zero” and “American Psycho,” vlamorama become one of the finest literary satirists in America by ellid cannibalizing his own monied class of physically beautiful but spiritually empty glitterati.
In “Glamorama,” he brilliantly dissects the models and supermodels, actors, icons, publicists, club owners and peripheral hangers-on of Manhattan’s fashion and entertainment overworlds. Their selfishness and brutality, he implies, are simply an extreme manifestation of what consumer culture encourages in everyone.
A-list model, would-be-actor and current “It boy” Victor Ward “The better you look, the more you see. As the novel opens, and for much of its first half, Victor helps coordinate the opening of a club owned by his mentor and rival Damien Nutchs Ross “He’s the grossest guy, baby.
He is so evil. Victor is surely the dimmest, vainest and most harmless of Ellis’ many glajorama narrators. Glamkrama looking very Uma-ish. I don’t want to wake up and find you’ve freaked out about your implants again and you’re hiding out in Hollywood at the Chateau Marmont, hanging with Kiefer and Dermot and Sly.
So y’know, um, chill out, baby.
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But, of course, you already know that, and Ellis knows you know it. After all, we live in a culture where, increasingly, people actually want to know what kind of house Susan Sarandon lives in, where Elle Macpherson vacations or what John Travolta thinks about President Clinton and Scientology. Magazines, TV shows and whole networks devoted to celebrities are proliferating faster than quickie Hollywood marriage-divorces.
As much as celebrity itself, our ellia celebrity worship becomes the real target of Ellis’ satire: Don’t blame them because they’re rich glamorqma beautiful; blame the media and yourself for caring. When they do talk, it is with the enchantingly disaffected monotone Ellis has always employed, a been-there-done-that Valleyspeak that begets exchanges such as this classic:. Later, explaining why he wants to hold on to his empty relationship with Chloe, Victor tells her “Because.
On the club’s opening night Victor steps through the glossy, brightly lit mirror of invite-only parties, VIP clubs, fashion shows and paparazzi photo-ops, entering a matte-black underworld of subterfuge, double plots, terrorism and torture.
The DJ who is supposed to work that night turns up dead, bludgeoned with a hammer, her intestines wrapped around her neck; Victor’s lovers all find out about each other; the club owner learns of Victor’s secret agendas, and an actor named Hurley Thompson, who may or may not be faxing Victor threatening messages, beats him to a bloody mess. After this set-up, “Glamorama” gets progressively darker as Victor is recruited by a stranger to find an old classmate who is missing in Europe.
It’s the beginning of a labyrinthian, confusing series of plots and counterplots involving a group of terrorist models, high-stakes American politics, body doubles, multiple documentary film crews, guns, explosives and graphic sex and violence recycled from “American Psycho. This is new glamoraka for Ellis, who earlier has relied on his style and wit alone to escort him from one aimless scenario to another, each boring scene reinforcing the monotony of his characters’ lives.
It’s glwmorama preposterous and inconclusive, but it’s a plot. Most of the questions raised in this ambitious but unsuccessful latter half are simply ignored: What, for example, is the motivation for the model-terrorists? We’re left to piece it together from stray references to angst and the situationist rhetoric of French philosopher Guy Debord. But in the muddled end, unresolved questions are probably part of Ellis’ gambit.
What’s the fun, after all, of a conspiracy story in which everything is neatly explained? Ellis’ fourth novel satirizes consumer culture’s obsession with celebrity, as model elliz would-be actor Victor Ward is slowly drawn from the brightly-lit world of Manhattan’s glitterati into a shadowy conspiracy of subterfuge, terrorism and torture.
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