White by Bret Easton Ellis


People hated this. I didn’t. I thought it was an interesting series of essays about a wide range of topics. Sure, it’s not perfect. Sure, he sometimes says odd things, or that he doesn’t care about things when he probably does, but it’s a worthwhile series of essays.

Your view of politics and the internet certainly might influence how you read this book and Bret is a self-admitted troll, saying stupid things at times (which he discusses at length) and that people just need to get on with the day-to-day (his younger partner, a millennial – something he keeps talking about over and over – is perpetually freaking out about the regime over there, whilst Ellis doesn’t care).

A lot of the book is based on I Don’t Care, to be honest. Which, again, if we’re honest, is very much like one of Ellis’ characters, cruising through life.

This review makes it sound like I didn’t like it, but I did, and it’s worthwhile picking up if you’re interested in Ellis.


You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

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