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American Psycho (original 1991; edition 1991)

by Bret Easton Ellis

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Title:American Psycho
Authors:Bret Easton Ellis
Info:Vintage (1991), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 416 pages
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American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (1991)

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    sacredheartofthescen: Both about bored men in American society that found odd ways to fill their time and become what they want to be.
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    gtross: I would be very much surprised if Bret Easton Ellis hadn't been influenced by Jim Thompson's first person narrative of a psychopathic mind.
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    gooneruk: Peter Crumb is more intense, shorter, and more schizophrenic, but Bateman is a good cross-Atlantic mirror for him.
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This had the potential to be really good but instead, the author chose to eschew reality and make the characters one dimensional. Not all yuppies are that shallow and pretentious and not every homeless person is weak and cowering. The frivolity and attention to detail the author spends on fashion, cuisine, and other aspects of mundane life was genius but overused.

I think the author missed a really great opportunity to tell something real, but drastically missed the mark. In the end, there were no consequences and no resolutions that redeemed the bleak and boring narrative that was Patrick Bateman. ( )
  jimocracy | Apr 18, 2015 |
First of all, I bet you all saw the movie. I didn't.
The first thing you will notice in this book are the descriptions of everything the characters wear and other things that are about brands and names. Fret not, as this is just a writing style thing to portray how Patrick Bates (the main cahracter) is obsessed with brands and social status. Even though his escapades begin harmless, the main character manages to make everything more extreme. This should be read by adults only. There are very graphic scenes in this book and if you have a vivid imagination it could happen to you as it happened to myself that your body tells you that it's time to lose your breakfast (luckily, I could keep mine down).
If you know anything about the movie, be aware that this book is way more graphic. So if you can't read anything like that then it's better if you don't tempt your luck with this book.

For me, this was hard to read at first because of all the brand description (and needless to say, English is not my native language) but with time I skimmed the descritions only because they are not really that relevant. Also, the edition I own has tiny text that is printed to the edges of each page. Then again, this seems to be a problem with almost all English language publishers (from all the books I own, most of them are in English and most of them have terrible formatting.) ( )
  Sparrowlicious | Apr 13, 2015 |
A friend of mine found this book lying around one day and gave it to me because I've been wanting to read it for some time now...having seen the movie and all. I'm glad to say that it turned out to be one of the most gruesome and horrifying books I've read to date.

Ellis pretty much gives a big old "screw you" to American Capitalism and life in the late 80s. It is a very interesting take on corporate America and how greed and consumerism can create this overall monster that consumes everything...including people (both literally and figuratively in the case of Patrick Bateman).

The first third of the book moves pretty slowly, but picks up steam as Bateman continues to lose his grip on reality. There are some pretty graphic and disgusting scenes that take place...so it will please horror nuts (like me). But, I think the disgusting scenes are a perfect metaphor for the horrible things that happen in the real world. The overall negative tone of the book should make people question humanity and certain systems like Capitalism. Is Bateman correct in assuming that things can not change in the world and that we are constantly stuck in its overall systems..."This is not an exit?" ( )
1 vote rsplenda477 | Mar 21, 2015 |
This is the most boring book about a serial killer. It's less about him being a serial killer as it is about him being obsessed with his social status. It's about bullshit corporate hierarchy. It's about having a better car than the next executive; a better business card; a better girlfriend; a better chainsaw.

There are only about 50 pages of this book that are worth reading. The rest is complete garbage. But, if you don't read through all the garbage, you will never get to the bits about him torturing a girl on his living room floor, stuffing cheese in her cunt, and urging a rat to eat her out. And, of course, you will probably not get to the bit about him chasing a naked girl through his apartment complex, while he wields a chainsaw.

Did I say 50 pages? It's really more like 5 pages of awesomeness. Fuck the rest of this book. Fuck it in its dirty fucking ashole. Because, it's so bad, and it should feel bad. ( )
  gecizzle | Mar 5, 2015 |
I hated this book with the red-hot passion of a thousand fiery suns. ( )
  sturlington | Feb 25, 2015 |
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ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO ENTER HERE, is scrawled in blood red lettering on the side of the Chemical Bank near the corner of Eleventh and First and is in print large enough to be seen from the backseat of the cab as it lurches forward in the traffic leaving Wall Street and just as Timothy Price notices the words a bus pulls up, the advertisement for Les Misérables on its side blocking the view, but Price who is with Pierce & Pierce and twenty-six doesn't seem to care because he tells the driver he will give him five dollars to turn up the radio, "Be My Baby" on WYNN, and the driver, black, not American, does so.
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Now a major motion picture from Lion's Gate Films starring Christian Bale (Metroland), Chloe Sevigny (The Last Days of Disco), Jared Leto (My So Called Life), and Reese Witherspoon (Cruel Intentions), and directed by Mary Harron (I Shot Andy Warhol).

In American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis imaginatively explores the incomprehensible depths of madness and captures the insanity of violence in our time or any other. Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.

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In a black satire of the eighties, a decade of naked greed and unparalleled callousness, a successful Wall Street yuppie cannot get enough of anything, including murder. In American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis imaginatively explores the incomprehensible depths of madness and captures the insanity of violence in our time or any other. Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day, while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.… (more)

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