Someone somewhere described this, or perhaps its more famous predecessor Less Than Zero as ‘beautiful people doing terrible things’. Whilst Less Than Zero was morally ambiguous, Imperial Bedrooms is pretty much a Ellis-style descent into horror.
Clay is back and, in an interesting turn of events, the book (and movie) of Less Than Zero is real in this book – a ‘friend’ wrote it and “they made a movie of us” that sanitised them.
This book is interesting, at turns too long, often depressing, but is a book that sticks to its guns. It knows Clay is a horrible person and wants you to see things through his eyes, so you don’t see it all until it’s too late. Not his best book, but short, and worth picking up if you’ve read Less Than Zero (if you haven’t, forget it, or read that first)
You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.