American Psycho

American Psycho

Book - 1991
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The modern classic, the basis of a Broadway musical, and major motion picture from Lion's Gate Films starring Christian Bale, Chloe Sevigny, Jared Leto, and Reese Witherspoon, and directed by Mary Harron.

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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, [1991]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©1991
ISBN: 9780679735779
0679735771
Branch Call Number: FIC ELLIS
Characteristics: 399 pages ; 21 cm

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ZoltanKozak
Jan 13, 2020

Believe me - "American Psycho" is one difficult book to recommend to others as being an enjoyable or worthwhile read. Yep. There's no doubt about that!

Its long-winded story repeatedly swings, like a pendulum (back & forth), between boring and monotonous descriptions of boring and monotonous people and that of gruesomely detailed narration, graphically depicting human murder and mutilation.

To be sure - "American Psycho" in not the sort of literary material that is likely to appeal to the vast tastes of a wide-ranging audience of readers out there. No way, Jose!

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RolandDekker
Dec 19, 2019

Appropriately titled "American Psycho" (Uh? Did I just hear someone mention the name of Donald Trump!?) - This book of in-your-face horror and twisted-minded gore is certainly one helluva bumpy roller-coaster ride where the reader doesn't know whether to laugh out loud or else cringe with total revulsion at this downright demented tale of modern-day madness.

Originally published back in 1991 - "American Psycho" is widely considered to be one of the most scathing and cynical statements pertaining to the overwhelming superficiality and callousness that prevails at present (and continues to grow) in American society today.

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lmm3629
Aug 09, 2019

Reader BEWARE!!! I like to consider myself a horror genre enthusiast. Stephen King is my favorite author. Gore, murder and uncomfortable situations do not faze me much. This book, however, went way beyond 'the line'. If detailed stories on how to torture
and murder humans and animals is your thing, then this book is for you. Otherwise, stay far, far away.

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dennismmiller
Jul 20, 2019

Patrick Bateman is certainly a wealthy Wall Street executive. He is probably an undiagnosed schizophrenic. He may be a serial killer.

Reading American Psycho is an unpleasant experience. Of course, there are the detailed descriptions of grisly, sadistic violence, much of it of a sexual nature, but equally dreadful are the extensive descriptions, at some point during each of Bateman's encounters, of the designer fashions everyone is wearing, often accompanied by similarly elaborate descriptions of brand name electronics and popular music. American Psycho is often described as a satire on the '80s, or Wall Street, or both, but is not nearly so narrow. Bateman and his circle could be displaced with only minor adaptations to contemporary LA or DC - indeed, the presence of Donald Trump as Bateman's idol offers a tempting invitation to any exceptionally dull filmmakers with access to the movie rights. It is even easy to imagine a alternate version of the novel following a Dennis Rader-like figure living quietly in the suburbs. Bateman's curse is not wealth or Reaganism, but boredom. He attempts to escape from his superficial world through increasingly frenzied acts of transgression, but they only compound his problem.

Unfortunately. the same superficiality characterizes the novel itself. It is based around a gimmick - vapid investment banker is a crazed killer, only he's so boring that no one notices - and although Ellis pushes it as far as he can, it only goes so far.

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candlesticktroughs
May 07, 2019

This was a publication sensation: people thought it was a guilty pleasure to read a work which featured such a sociopathic protagonist, and yet enjoyed it! Unfortunately, what was once a vice has become a habit; this trend now runs deep in our society. Elsewhere it has been diagnosed as narcissism.

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lunabookworm55
May 05, 2019

There's some funny and unexpected turns to this book, like the fact that everyone around the main character is so oblivious to the point where's he's nearly asking for his friends and colleagues to notice how twisted he is, but he's frustrated because they play it off as "and off-color, clever sense of humor" when he's being completely serious. At first I thought this book only brought up sexual situations in this book to make a commentary on how porn is passed off as "perfectly fine" for grown people to watch even though addiction to it can mess up your relationships and day to day life, but then the book got really descriptive and heavy-handed with those moments. I wouldn't recommend this book because of that, it started looking promising as a book that had things to critique and something to say with an interesting tone, but turned out to basically be a porno with murders occasionally being featured as "commercial breaks".

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Derringer
Feb 21, 2019

American Psycho is a truly twisted tale about a modern-day serial killer (young, handsome and horny) who mutilates, butchers and tortures his victims without any conscience or remorse, whatsoever.

In many ways this is a mighty tough book to read. Author Brett Easton Ellis puts the reader through a real grind of having to read full chapters of superficial descriptions (and other such nonsense), meticulously outlining the shallow characters in the story and their empty-headed, fashion-conscious interests.

Anyway - If you are an impatient reader, American Psycho's nerve-racking story will most certainly put you through an endurance test as it gleefully depicts murder and madness of the most hideous kind.

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Thucyd1t3s
Dec 06, 2018

This was an excellent portrayal of the psychological collapse of an emotionally shallow, ethically untethered man. For the first 150 pages or so. I get the impression the author didn't know where to go with it, so decided that the edgiest thing he could do was have his character decide to hate gay men, kill men, and torture and kill women in graphic written detail, though (spoiler) he may be delusional regarding the latter two. The latter half feels schlocky and lazy - seriously, if the character loathes gay men, why is he killing women? It would have been far more interesting to explore how his interior deterioration is reflected in how his acquaintances react and how his life comes apart, but the writer seems unwilling to delve into the likely consequences of the character's behavior.

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alicat1
Feb 22, 2018

Psychotic rages aside, this read
represents a detailed tribute to the materialistic
trappings of the Manhattan Yuppie existence, with
pop-artist evaluations woven between killings.

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zvanstanley
Jan 04, 2018

Before reading this book, there are a few things you should know:

1. It is incredibly graphic, in regards to both sex and violence. It only gets more graphic as the book goes on.
2. It is intentionally shocking.
3. You are not supposed to like the main character at all.
4. It is a criticism of consumerism.

Knowing this should make the book a little easier to read.

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ManMachine
May 11, 2014

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

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Ringwood
Jun 18, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Ringwood
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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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