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American Psycho Paperback – 1 Apr 2011
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Brett Easton Ellis established a reputation as the enfant terrible of American fiction in the 1980s with his controversial novel Less than Zero, but with the publication of American Psycho he became established as one of the most notorious and reviled novelists currently writing. American Psycho deserves its controversy. The novel opens with a sign scrawled above a New York subway station: "Abandon hope all ye who enter". So begins a hellish descent into the world of Patrick Bateman, the novel's protagonist. Bateman is a handsome 26-year-old Wall Street yuppie, who spends his days listening to Whitney Houston and working out which exclusive restaurant to eat in and what clothes to wear in a dizzying parody of 1980s consumerism run mad.
However, Bateman also has a darker side; he is a psychopathic serial killer, with a penchant for torturing and sexually abusing young women before killing them in the most gruesome and explicit fashion. The novel contains little actual plot, and consists of extended descriptions of exclusive restaurants, designer clothes, TV shows and the minutiae of Bateman's vacuous world, relieved only by clinically described scenes of torture and mutilation which are not for the faint-hearted. Bateman makes little attempt to justify his actions, merely claiming that "this is the way the world--my world--moves". As a satire on the bankrupt, money-driven world of the 1980s, American Psycho is a successful, if rather heavy-handed piece of fiction, whose controversy seems only set to increase. --Jerry Brotton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
American Psycho is a beautifully controlled, careful, important novel . . . The novelist’s function is to keep a running tag on the progress of the culture; and he’s done it brilliantly . . . A seminal book. (Fay Weldon Washington Post)
The first novel to come along in years that takes on deep and Dostoyevskian themes . . . Ellis is showing older authors where the hands have come to on the clock. (Norman Mailer Vanity Fair)
Serious, clever and shatteringly effective . . . For its savagely coherent picture of a society lethally addicted to blandness, it should be judged by the highest standards. (Sunday Times)
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Bret Easton Ellis has an amazing writing style, his character perceptions and mannerisms, the delvelopement in the plot and how the mental stability of the character and his need to kill while also being an egotistical maniac is well shown within the words of this novel. Everyone should read this book, love it, grimmice at the acts of a murderer, and recommend it to everyone.
Try his other books too as they're equally amazing.
Boring bit over, I loved this book. It's dark humour and some of the most pointless detailed descriptions had me hooked from the beginning. How could it not? I was born in 1986 so I didn't really experience the consumeristic shallow aspect of the 80s that Bateman talks about, however his laborious descriptions from what EVERYONE wears to annotations of albums he listens to, that extend over chapters had me feeling like I received an education.
At times I cringed and at other times I laughed to myself . As I've said above if you are easily offended don't read it - but if you can look past that and absorb the real themes and appreciate this book for what it is - it's a must read!
Well, that's got absolutely nothing on this book. The gore, the filth, the mess. It's all clearly explained in terrifying detail. It got a bit much for me. I enjoyed the book (especially reading it in the style of Christian Bale from the film), but in the end the subject matter got a little too dark for me. I don't really want to read a book and feel ill. This book treads that line pretty finely. Perhaps read this book first, then watch the film?
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