Less Than Zero

Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis is a slim novel at just over 200 pages, but it packs a hefty punch. Set in Los Angeles in the early 1980’s, the narrative unfolds in a first person style that evokes Raymond Chandler – the most famous chronicler of a pulpy and seedy Los Angeles of the 30’s and 40’s. The City of Angels that Ellis chronicles, with an almost detached and documentarian eye, is filled with characters spoiled by their seemingly limitless money and privilege; any potential moral compass they once possessed has lost its true north long ago in some cocaine-fueled debauchery. It is a landscape and a story that is absolutely disturbing and frighteningly authentic.

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