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You got a favourite Borges story?
have to very strongly disagree, firstly as it's (almost) impossible to be too on the nose with literary satire in general.I recently read someone saying the murders made it too on the nose and it would have been better without them
"The Library of Babel"You got a favourite Borges story?
Completely agree.have to very strongly disagree, firstly as it's (almost) impossible to be too on the nose with literary satire in general.
but specifically, the murders are what give that satire its vicious bite. without them it's as you say a boring straightforward take on yuppies.
the also function in similar ways to the endless repetition of clothing and food (and working out, renting/returning videotapes, etc)
both as a kind of Greek chorus for a narrator who's basically without internal dialogue and as evidence of that narrator's mounting unreliability
i.e as the book goes on his accounts of violence, like everything, become increasingly deranged and blurred into normal reality
like A Clockwork Orange I think the denouement - when his lawyer says it's all bullshit he made up - is crucial
whether it's true or not isn't the point. the very point is the truth of it doesn't matter.
what is probably too on the nose is the hell is other people Sartre reference of the very last line "This is not an exit"
I will say that when I reread it I skipped over all the violence, but it's important that it's there
there are definitely times when violence is gratuitous or excessive, but this is not one of them
as far as other Ellis, Less Than Zero is pretty great, basically a test run for American Psycho. Rules of Attraction is OK in an extended-universe sense of those two.
the rest, eh. he's yet another guy who's been rewriting the same book - sometimes literally for his entire career with diminishing returns.
but Less Than Zero/American Psycho are legitimate capital a Art about the gross heart of darkness of the American dream in the age of empire
one thing I've been doing during quarantine etc is reading a great deal about Rome - always an interest
and Easton Ellis reminds me not a little bit of Juvenal
Brilliant. One of those sentences you could only read on Dissensus.and Easton Ellis reminds me not a little bit of Juvenal