He wants to keep living on the edge and carve his own path-just as Alex did.
Plot summary[ edit ] The novel is written in the first-person, continuing the aesthetic of Ellis' earlier Less Than Zeroand is told from the points of view of multiple characters.
The main narrators are three students: Paul, Sean, and Lauren. A number of other characters also provide first-hand accounts throughout the story, which takes place at the fictional Camden College, a liberal arts school on the East Coast of the United States.
The three main characters who rarely attend class end up in a love triangle within a sequence of drug runs, "Dress to Get Screwed," and "End of the World" parties. The story begins and ends midway through a sentence the first word in the book being being 'and', the last words are 'and she' in order to give the effect that it begins somewhere The rules of attraction to the middle, rather than at a true beginning in medias res.
Another interpretation is that the story has neither a beginning nor an ending, signifying the endless cycle of debauchery in which the characters of the novel engage.
This is sometimes mistaken by readers as a typographical error or the result of a missing page, but was purposely written by Ellis. The novel ends in a similar fashion, with the last sentence cut off before its end. Sean Bateman[ edit ] Sean is a twenty-one-year-old student from a wealthy family.
He is very promiscuous and a heavy substance abuser, as well as a drug dealer in the employ of Rupert Guest. He becomes romantically involved with Lauren, a relationship he considers to be true love. It is also implied that Sean is bisexualas he apparently becomes involved in a sexual relationship with Paul Denton.
However, whether these encounters are real or simply a product of Paul's imagination is left ambiguous; Paul narrates sexual incidents between himself and Sean, while such incidents are absent from Sean's own narration.
Although close to the end of the book Sean clearly says that Paul ruined their friendship with sex. Sean is very bitter, cynical, and rather dim-witted, and is prone to self-loathing as well.
He is also heavily implied to be somewhat of a sociopath, showing incredibly impulsive behavior sleeping with Lauren's friend Judy, and at one point, breaking a box of singles he owns for no reason at all and having no consideration for other people. He attempts suicide at multiple points in the book, first by hanging, then by slashing his wrist with a dull razor, and then by overdose after a falling out with Lauren.
A major subplot in the novel is Sean's debt to Rupert, a violent townie drug dealer who often threatens to kill him. The character is the brother of the notorious Patrick Bateman and has also appeared in Ellis's other novels, American PsychoThe Informers and Glamorama.
Lauren Hynde[ edit ] Lauren is a painter and poet who has sexual relations with several boys on campus, all the while pining for Victor, her boyfriend who left Camden and headed to Europe.
She is often depressed and very emotional. She is in her senior year at Camden. At the beginning of the novel, it is revealed that Lauren lost her virginity at a party during her freshman year at Camden, where she got so intoxicated that she passed out in bed with another student only to awaken and find herself being raped by a pair of townies.
She becomes romantically involved with Sean Bateman halfway through the book, even though she holds Sean in contempt and considers the relationship nothing but a way to pass the time before Victor comes back from Europe. She was also in a relationship with Paul before the events of the book take place.
The character reappears as a main character in Glamoramain which she becomes reacquainted with Victor after having become a successful model and actress.
Paul Denton[ edit ] Paul is a young bisexual man who used to date Lauren. He is extremely attracted to Sean and claims that in bed Sean is "crazed, an untamed animal, it was almost scary" yet these thoroughly described accounts are entirely absent from Sean's entries.
For example, the night Paul writes an account of his and Sean's first sexual encounter after the two talk in Paul's bedroom, Sean writes in his own account that he simply went home after talking to Paul, the two entries therefore lying in contradiction to one another.Nov 20, · How the Universe Works - Blow your Mind of the Universe - Space Discovery Documentary Universe Explore watching Live now.
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