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American psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
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American psycho (original 1991; edition 2019)

by Bret Easton Ellis, Balt Lenders

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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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American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (1991)

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    Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (sacredheartofthescen)
    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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    The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson (gtross)
    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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#724 in our old book database. Not rated.
  villemezbrown | Apr 20, 2024 |
This is one of the most fascinating books I've read. It is also the most appalling thing I have ever read. As such, while I would readily recommend this book, I feel that under no good conscience could I actually do so.

If you've seen the 2000 film, that will give some idea of what to expect, but the film only touches the surface of what is in the book. Less a story than a continuing mental narrative of a rich Wall Street business man who approaches his exterior with exacting attention to detail while his interior barely passes for human. What starts with meticulous listings of what people are dressed in via style, material, and brand name is intruded upon by increasing graphic descriptions of violence as the narrative becomes more unhinged. "See me" he seems to plead, but no one does.

I am in no way surprised this book is so controversial, but I also believe that it's a powerful critique of what occupies our attention in society. ( )
  WeeTurtle | Mar 29, 2024 |
Patrick Bateman is one of the most intersting characters I've read in a novel, and even after reading him mentally deteriorate as the novel progresses, I still can't exactly explain his character. His actions are precarious, and some of his most heinous acts have no rational behind them or are from trivial matters. For those wanting to give this a read, bear with the first couple 100-150 pages, as those are the slowest pages. The book really picks up pace after then. If you're coming from the movie, know that the movie was essentially a heavily-censored version of the novel. The kills are graphic and may make you feel queasy, especially since no demographic is safe (kids and animals included). The clothing descriptions and scenes are superfluous and can be difficult to read. The chapters on Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Huey Lewis, etc. help accentuate his character, but they are skippable chapters.

Some things I noted
-Way too much cleansing and exfoliating, but he doesn't have time to floss?? Also no sun screen but uses anti aging products. He also says to shave the sideburns and chin for last, but upon further research you should shave your upper lip and chin for last.
-Classic business card scene
-Classic dry cleaning scene
-Patty Winters Show reflects his mental state in each chapter
-Christmas Party chapter and Bethany chapter were awesome
-His brother bagged Dorsia first attempt
-The death of the 2 girls in Paul Owen's place were brutal
-The rat scene
-Killing the 5 year old boy was so bleak ( )
  siamm | Jan 5, 2024 |
For the most part, this book is a classic satire on toxic masculinity, white privilege, and economic inequality. It is so well written that at times I wondered if Ellis was doing a damning condemnation on these things, or if he was admitting what was going on in the inner recesses of his own id. Obviously, the film, which was written to be a feminist criticism of various structures, has a much better P.O.V. that doesn't force you to wonder if you should be laughing with it or at it.

However, my big problem is the length of the book. He really needed an editor to cut down on some things. It starts out okay; with an understanding of Patrick's psyche, snapshots of his life, and the eventual murders. But it becomes far too repetitive in the middle sections. The ending is fine, especially as the writing style--like the voice change and Patty Winters Show--evolve into surrealism. But the repetitiveness, especially on the sex and murder descriptions become a bit too much. The film fixes this however, by having the Psycho style thrills of witnessing a killer being chased after.

Still, as we continue to live in a world where social inequalities along gender, race, class, and consumerism continue to upset people's fragile grasp on reality, this holds up as a great book. Recommended. ( )
  JuntaKinte1968 | Dec 6, 2023 |
Reread, after over a decade and remembered why I love this book. ( )
  ElektraBurgos | Oct 23, 2023 |
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L'auteur de ce journal et le journal lui-même appartiennent évidemment au domaine de la fiction. Et pourtant, si l'on considère les circonstances sous l'action desquelles s'est formée notre société, il apparaît qu'il peut, qu'il doit exister parmi nous des êtres semblables à l'auteur de ce journal. J'ai voulu montrer au public, en en soulignant quelque peu les traits, un des personnages de l'époque qui vient de s'écouler, un des représentants de la génération qui s'éteint actuellement. Dans ce premier fragment, intitulé Le Sous-Sol, le personnage se présente au lecteur, il expose ses idées et semble vouloir expliquer les causes qui l'ont fait naître dans notre société. Dans le second fragment, il relate certains évènements de son existence.

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Une des grandes erreurs que l'on peut commetre est de croire que les bonnes manières ne sont que l'expression d'une pensée heureuse. Les bonnes manières peuvent être l'expression d'un large éventail d'attitudes. Voici le but essentiel de la civilisation : exprimer de façon élégante et non pas agressive. Une de ces errances est le mouvement naturiste, rousseauiste des années soixante où l'on disait : "Pourquoi ne pas dire tout simplement ce que l'on pense ?" La civilisation ne peut exister sans quelques contraintes. Si nous suivions toutes nos impulsions, nous nous entretuerions.

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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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And if another round of Bellinis comes within a twenty-foot radius of this table we are going to set the maitre d' on fire. So you know, warn him. - Timothy Price
"Beat the shit out of him," the girl suggests, pointing at me. "Oh honey," I say, shaking my head, "the things I could do to you with a coat hanger."
"Blitzen was a reindeer"
"The only Jewish one," Peterson reminds us.
...McDermott, in a state of total frustration, asked the girls if they knew the names of any of the nine planets. Libby and Caron guessed the moon. Daisy wasn't sure but she actually guessed...Comet. Daisy thought that Comet was a planet. Dumbfounded, McDermott, Taylor and I all assured her that it was.
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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.

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