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Less than Zero Summary
Bret Easton Ellis

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Less than Zero Summary


In 1985 Less Than Zero burst onto the literary scene. The book was a commercial success, and garnered much critical attention. As a result, its author, Bret Easton Ellis, was catapulted into the public eye. The story touches on themes of alienation, moral detachment, death, and nihilism in its portrayal of overprivileged youth in contemporary Los Angeles. Critics hailed it as the “voice of a new generation” and the “first MTV novel.” The novel is narrated by Clay, a college student home on vacation, as he observes his friend slip deeper into drugs and prostitution. His detached and dispassionate view of the dissipation and corruption around him is often interpreted as a comment on modern-day society.

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