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American Psycho

A Novel
Ellis, Bret Easton (Book - 1991 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Ellis, Bret Easton
Title: American psycho
a novel
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, c1991
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 399 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 0679735771
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ell
Statement of Responsibility: by Bret Easton Ellis
Genre/Form: Horror fiction
LCCN: 90010247
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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 apocalyp... Read More »


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Jul 23, 2014
  • donb0099 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This is the worst book I have read part way through before just giving up as a waste of my time. The author uses this completely distracting style that includes describing the clothing that everyone is wearing in every scene. He must be getting paid by the word and this is his way of padding a completely non plotted novel.

Plus, he obviously has serious issues with women. Anyone that can dream up the sick, demented stuff his protagonist does to women is seriously ill.

I really wasted my life reading the amount of this book that I did.

JUNK. TRASH. UNREADABLE.

May 12, 2014
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Here are 3 cold, hard facts about American Psycho, a sensationally controversial and decidedly brutal piece of modern-day horror-fiction. ~~~ (1) Published in 1991, gay-closeted novelist, Brett Easton Ellis, wrote this cruel-minded story as his way of venting his deep-rooted hatred towards women. ~~~ (2) In the many months following its publication, Ellis received numerous death threats and slews of hate mail. ~~~ (3) When Canadian serial killer/rapist, Paul Bernardo, was finally arrested for his heinous crimes in 1993, he claimed that he read this book as his "bible". ~~~ Even though American Psycho does contain plenty of perverse and twisted humor, it would be ridiculous to say that this is a novel which can be taken lightly. Generously laced with graphically-detailed descriptions of mutilation, cannibalism & necrophillia, I found this book to be a very trying experience. ~~~ In between page after page of frivolous descriptions, rambling on and on about who's wearing whose designer-label fashions, and who's not, Ellis meticulously depicts the incomprehensible depths of madness as he quite accurately captures the insanity of violence which prevails in our time. ~~~ Believe me, American Psycho is not a book for the squeamish, nor is it for the impatient reader.

Mar 22, 2014
  • erinsitter rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Yes, this book is tough to read. There's no argument there.

The main character's attention to detail is painful at times. But that's kinda the point. He's so self-absorbed and self-entitled that he can't help focus on (and describe in minute detail) the style, attitudes and social status of those that surround him. It's all he knows and all he aspires to be. He's totally crazy, too, but the fact that he blends so seamlessly into the high-society world he occupies is truly frightening.

Love this book, but not for the faint of heart.

Apr 17, 2013
  • VRMurphy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a problematic book. It is beautifully, tighly written, and it is elegant social and economic satire. BUT... the brutal, sadistic violence is too much. I get the point, he describes everything else in such detail, the violent scenes couldn't be glossed over, it's part of the point of his comment on society. It's just too bad that Ellis is such a good writer, because I can't condemn this book. I certainly won't re-read it though, which I will with some of his other work. And I can't honestly recommend it. I wonder if later in life, Ellis will look back on this the way Anthony Burgess did on "A Clockwork Orange", and regret publishing it.

Apr 14, 2012
  • chgarland rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

SPOILER ALERT

As I recall from having read this book many years ago, by the end of the book, Bateman is taking his bloody sheets to the laundry and no one pays any attention to them at all. This lead me to conclude that none of the bloodshed in this book really happened. I decided that the whole thing was a metaphor for Bateman rebelling against the utter emptiness of his life: the meaningless job, the vapid girls, the men trapped just as much as he is. The extremely long discourses on popular music point up the emptiness of Bateman's soul, not in the sense of being a psychopath, but in the sense of having lost his soul and having no idea whatsoever of how to get it back. The book was a rather nihilistic meditation on life in New York in the 80s.

Aug 14, 2010
  • mattgren06 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I give it a very good because of the fact that this book is not only disturbing, but will affect you. This book is extremely graphic, violent and disturbing and it will put you in a rotten and violent mood while you read it. Be careful reading this guy.

Oct 14, 2009
  • AlanaS rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An interesting book that looks at the mind of a serial killer from his perspective. I have to admit that I still don't know what I think about this book, I may have to re-read to form a more concrete opinion about it.

Jun 18, 2008
  • Ringwood rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This novel is one of the most disturbing I have ever read. While it's relatively well-written (aside from the constant references to the characters' clothing choices, which gets tedious at best), I found it pointless. That said, I also found it extremely hard to put down. Basically a look into the life of 'Wall Street executive by day/raving psychopath by night ' Patrick Bateman, the book is full of disturbingly violent imagery and situations, and tries hard to comment on the materialistic 'Me' society of the 1980's. It fails badly in my opinion and ends up being nothing more than a gore fest.

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Jul 23, 2014
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Aug 08, 2009
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May 11, 2014
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Graphically-detailed descriptions of mutilation, cannibalism and necrophillia.

Jun 18, 2008
  • Ringwood rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

Jun 18, 2008
  • Ringwood rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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