Books: A Revolting Development

A forthcoming novel by Bret Easton Ellis has repelled many of the publisher's employees and promises to nauseate readers as well

Old joke. Two small boys leave a theater after seeing a gushy movie. "Wasn't it terrible?" says the first boy. "I didn't think it was too bad," replies the second. "During the kissing scenes, I just closed my eyes and made believe he was choking her."

No joke. Bret Easton Ellis, 26, author of Less Than Zero and The Rules of Attraction, emerges from the 1980s grade-B romance with uninhibited capitalism, shuts his eyes and imagines a childish horror fantasy about a Wall Street yuppie whose tastes run from nouvelle cuisine to the most appalling acts of torture, murder and dismemberment...

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