The Informers

  • Title: The Informers
  • Author: Bret Easton Ellis
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 467
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Informers Set in Los Angeles in the recent past The birthplace and graveyard of American myths and dreams the city harbours a group of people trapped between the beauty of their surroundings and their own mor
    Set in Los Angeles, in the recent past The birthplace and graveyard of American myths and dreams, the city harbours a group of people trapped between the beauty of their surroundings and their own moral impoverishment This novel is a chronicle of their voices.

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    About Bret Easton Ellis


    1. Bret Easton Ellis is an American author He is considered to be one of the major Generation X authors and was regarded as one of the so called literary Brat Pack, which also included Tama Janowitz and Jay McInerney He has called himself a moralist, although he has often been pegged as a nihilist His characters are young, generally vacuous people, who are aware of their depravity but choose to enjoy it The novels are also linked by common, recurring characters, and dystopic locales such as Los Angeles and New York.


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    1. Ah Bret, I loved you so, so long ago. For anyone who has not had the mixture of pleasure, horror, disgust and loathing which is generated by the reading of American Psycho, then you should probably start here to ease your way into the dismissive, violent and destructive world which Ellis describes. I read American Psycho in one long teenage school day (under desks during class/ behind a wall at break/ on the bus home) and was amazed that this man was actually a fully functioning author and not a [...]

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    2. This isn't a novel. It's a collection of looooooooooosely connected short stories. More recent editions of The Informers now admit to this. When I first read the novel in '94, not knowing this fact threw me off completely. I'm re-reading it now because I hear it's being turned into a movie. It will be interesting to see what comes of that. It's certianly not Ellis's best and not a place to start if you're new to his writing. A chronological reading of his work is my suggestion or if you only wan [...]

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    3. Sure, it looks entertaining. But, I promise you, by the time you get to the thirtieth page you'll start flipping through the pages, just to see if the 'might as well kill ourselves now' tone dies down a little as the book goes on. Surprise! It doesn't. An endless, painful, LONG look at the lives of some very spoiled, very addicted teenagers and their over medicated, surgically altered parents. It's LA at it's worst: and I'm having trouble believing that people this heartless even exist, but that [...]

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    4. Bret Easton Ellis is of my biggest influences as an author and while this book isn’t quite on a level with the exceptional American Psycho, which is probably his masterpiece, it is still excellent and well worth reading.The way Bret Easton Ellis captures the mindset of a certain element of society in the 1980s and pushes it to it’s logical conclusion is very much something I was trying to emulate in Drug Gang, with my chosen time period being the early 2000s.This collection of stories set in [...]

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    5. Bret Easton Ellis is a writer I feel gets his fair share of criticism, sometimes I would agree, most of the time I wouldn't, he can write, no doubts about it. His work may have a small band of hardcore fans, whilst for others they just can't work him out. American Psycho is one of my favourite novels, it's misinterpreted as a horrible, disturbing, empty and pointless novel. He deserves more credit, everything in this novel has a point, despite it's nihilistic themes. The Informers picks off mome [...]

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    6. Joe woke up and ordered a cheese omelet only to stare at it the entire time, confused about why he ordered it in the first place when he wasn't hungry, then he went to the movies but he didn't really pay attention to the first half of it, then this goth girl was looking at him funny and he really wanted to fuck her but doesn't, and he decided to visit a friend's house and so he drove there in his super expensive sports car and drank beer and afterward he went to a club and picked up a valley gir [...]

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    7. Style over substance perhaps, but there's so much style that there's still a lot of substance for those paying attention.This one was a re-read. I only have 700 books I haven't opened yet but I just had to come back to this one. NaNoWriMo is coming up and I've had an idea running around my mind for years that could use a structure similar to this one. So I combined research with pleasure and got stuck in to the Ellis novel that I remembered most fondly from a decade ago. Amazingly it was even be [...]

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    8. Definitely not a place to start with Bret Easton Ellis.

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    9. the way these short stories intertwine with one another is purely brilliant. i know a lot of people tend to not enjoy ellis' style of writing, but i think that the joy in his writing is all within the way everything is so disconnected and connected, all at the same time other author can write end on end about seemingly useless facts, and still have use for them. i know this sounds extremely contradicting, but he does the same thing throughout his other writingserican psycho is a good example. 30 [...]

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    10. While revisiting Ellis’s debatable "best work", American Psycho, I found myself slightly disappointed. On first reading it, I was in a particularly bitter frame of mind where the violence and decadency really appealed to me. Reading it again, some years later, I guess I wasn’t so angry with life, and so I found less enjoyment with Bateman’s horrific lifestyle. Like, I still gave it four stars and will always appreciate that novel - (sick and disturbing as it is) - but I was also less forgi [...]

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    11. I don’t know why I keep coming back to Bret Easton Ellis, I never seem to overly enjoy his vacuous characters but something keeps drawing me back. The Informers is my forth Ellis book and this one is a collection of short stories that ultimately link together to make an overall story. Think Crash (the movie) but with shallow characters. The Informers follow the lives of several interconnected characters, they all eat at the same places; sleep with the same people and pretty much act like each [...]

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    12. #30Well, this is it. The first book so bad and uninteresting that I actually put it down before I finished it. Oddly enough, I got almost 2/3 through it! But last night I was just DONE. Started skimming so much and then downright paging through to other chapters, then to the end, then said "enough!" It start off THAT bad which is why I got so far in. But the supposedly connected series of short stories were just too damn confusing. I sent most of each chapter trying to remember how each person w [...]

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    13. LA's vapid hedonisim is chronicled in thirteen narratives, separate yet melding into an indistinct voice that is languidly restless, unfocused, indifferent, and rambling in a drug-induced haze; friends, lovers, spouses merit the same mention, often less favourable, as Porches, Mercedes Benzes, Jaguars, and personal financial worth. Amidst the blase disregard of relationships for transient gratification, the desire for genuine connection is thinly veiled; the son who is affected enough to disappr [...]

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    14. This is a pickle to review, but fortunately I like pickles.First, my review is based off of my feeling toward Ellis in general. I like him, but beyond that, this would be a very strange text to start with, were it to be the first of his work you'd encounter.The key thing is that it's packaged as a novel. Hell, even claims it's a novel. It is however, disconnected vignettes that require a check of the book's wiki page to unsnarl. , by the by, seems to fall strongly on the other side of the novel [...]

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    15. Ellis is a great writer when it comes to observing the bland superficiality of our modern society, savagely satirical depictions of capitalist America and its inhabitants.One of my favourite short story collections from a master writer.

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    16. Boring. Very boring. Extremely boring. I know that's the point when Ellis is writing about rich people, but it pretty much felt like I was reading the parts of Less Than Zero that ended up on the cutting room floor. About 70% there was some action, but it didn't really seem to fit the rest of the story, and by then I was just trying to finish it so I could get on to the next book. If you want to read about boring spoiled rich people, read American Psycho. If you want to read about boring spoiled [...]

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    17. Racconti che cronologicamente precedono il primo romanzo di Ellis, "Meno di zero", ma qualitativamente si collocano sul podio insieme alle sue opere migliori: "Acqua dal sole" è una raccolta che, nella sua purezza di talento e nella forza e violenza della scrittura, se ne sta là in cima sulla vetta insieme a "Meno di zero" e "American Psycho", risalendo a un'epoca in cui Ellis non si era ancora ridotto a ripetere se stesso in un'infinito esaurimento di ispirazione e testimoniando anche l'esist [...]

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    18. Gave up 10 pages before the end of it.

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    19. Empty is as empty does--As I thought about what made this story of Brett Easton Ellis' so awful compared to his more recognized 'American Psycho' (thank you Christian Bale!) or even more related, 'Less Than Zero'. I've only been able to arrive at the following conclusion. Unlike those other works, in very few places in 'The Informers' does one actually get a vantage point that provides a narrative contrast or "space" that allows the reader to really feel the banality of waste, selfishness, and l [...]

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    20. I love B.E.E. because of his unerring talent for creating the best kind of repulsed fascination. (Or fascinating revulsion.) Also, he has the best moments. This one occurs early on in the collection, and was probably the place that hooked me:"The door opens. It's a small bathroom and Raymond is siting on the toilet, the lid closed, beginning to cry again, his face and eyes red and wet. I am so surprised by Raymond's emotion that I lean against the door and just stare, watching him bunch his hand [...]

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    21. This is a great book about moral bankruptcy in the middle of glitzy LA. I like this book because his writing contains loose affiliations of the different characters in the book. The first 9 chapters were great but the last 4 were not great.Each chapter has a different character narrating it and is loosely connected to the other chapter but at its heart each character is alone. The characters have to take drugs/alcohol just try to relate to each other shows you the depth of their isolation. There [...]

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    22. This story lacks subject. It doesn't have any kind of meaning. Vampires pop up and make racist jokes and have sex, then kill their sex partners. Guys and girls who are all uniformly rich, drug-addicted, bird-brained, big fans of sunglasses, blond, tanned, gorgeous shuffle around doing nothing, perhaps to portray the meaninglessness of life. The plot is horrible. To be honest, it doesn't seem to really have a plot. It's really more a series of horrible short stories connected only by the chracter [...]

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    23. Decent, but my least favorite BEE books so far. I wish there had been some distinction, either on the cover or the chapter titles, that these were more themed short stories rather than a linear novel. I would have read it differently and maybe spent less time trying to figure out if the narrators had changed, if there were recurring, if the characters were interwoven, etc. There were some great descriptions and maybe one chapter that pulled some emotional strings for me, but overall it was hard [...]

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    24. For the first one hundred pages I felt like it was just a not-quite-as-interesting rehash of what Ellis did in Less than Zero. However I found myself getting drawn into the strange ties between the stories, and the way the book continues to spiral into darkness. I find it hard to believe that it isn't classified as a collection of short stories, and as such I think number #12 was the stand out one to me. Worth picking up if you're an Ellis fan, but if you find his style at all tiresome I'd skip [...]

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    25. — "Imagine a blind person dreaming," she says. "You can't understand, you can't comprehend the pain." —A gathering of thirteen loosely interrelated short stories set primarily in 1980s Los Angeles. Drugs, expensive cars, designer clothes, and everyone unsuccessfully navigating and relating to love and lovers and one-night lubricated stands and friends and family and whatever else there might be out there.For me, it's solely about the first-person present tense all hard angles and go and fuck [...]

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    26. The book begins and ends with an apologetic and hopeful tone which is odd because there is very little done with regret or a cause for optimism after experiencing the narratives of the many characters that amount to a part of a whole in The Informers by Brett Easton Ellis. The Informers is set in various cities in California in the 1980's but Los Angeles is the primary playground. The book is made up of a series of interconnected stories centred around the young, rich, and the beautiful; sprinkl [...]

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    27. Second Look Books: The Informers by Brett Easton Ellis (Alfred A. Knopf, $22)Brett Easton Ellis is justly famous for his book, “American Psycho” which caused a moral firestorm when it was first published. I consider Ellis a fine American novelist who is responding to the times with a vengeance. His style is cool, detached and marvelously static, lending the proceedings a menacing tone perfectly tuned to his subject, which is postmodern life. His work can be contrasted with that of Douglas Co [...]

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    28. I love the way Bret Easton Ellis writes. I love how he never tells you his characters thoughts, but just from observing their dialogue and actions, the characters develop so naturally. His books bring out a masochistic side of me. I never feel good after reading anything he writes. But I can’t help coming back for more. His world of morally devoid, upper-class monsters has a strange allure that keeps me wondering about the characters after I put the book down. They are strangely hypnotizing wo [...]

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    29. Ellis is a one-trick pony. This short story collection is simply a regurgitation of Less than Zero. A horrendous effort from an author who proves to be more overrated with each book that I read by him. The Informers contains stories where absolutely nothing happens and the characters are all the same. Ellis confuses apathy; he thinks by writing as such it will deliver this sense. It's meant to be a satire. Alas, it is a great commentary about something - how pretentious - but it is lost in the t [...]

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    30. The Informers is like the sick love-child of Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio and Nathanael West's Day of the Locust. While this collection of interweaving short stories is not as shocking or subversive as, say, Glamorama, it is equally blunt in it's chastisement of Hollywood glitz & glam phoniness (like Holden Caufiled on crack). Ellis's dystopic vision of Hollywood is a contemporary re-imagining of what West did with Day of the Locust, and of what Bukowski did with Ham on Rye. It's as h [...]

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