American Psycho

American Psycho

A Novel

Book - 1991
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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. Now a major motion picture from Lion's Gate Films, released Spring 2000, 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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc., [1991]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780679735779
Characteristics: 399 pages ; 21 cm.


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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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

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.

Aug 23, 2017

pretty good book i read it in grade 10 with my book club hahahahaha. the writing encapsulates the materialistic yuppie lifestyle from the perspective of a psychopath. the gory parts are pretty gory as you would expect and if you actually experience feelings horror from books this one isn't for you but if you aren't weird, read on :)!

Oct 12, 2016

Couldn't stand reading this novel.

Sep 08, 2016

This is not a book for the faint of heart, or for those wishing for a fanciful journey through the twisting turns of storytelling. This is a book about Patrick Bateman: a mid-twenty, handsome, well-dressed, charming, well-dressed, Wall Street working, well-dressed, psychopath.  Did I mention well-dressed?  This is a black comedy written from the perspective of the psychopath himself, and as such, you can expect nothing less than a cold, calculating, scrutinizing narrative that very much takes into account dress as a symbol of stature – often.  Although this is a very interesting piece of literature, and there are very, very few so adventurous in the way in which they are told – there really is nothing like it – it ultimately is becomes quite a samey feeling book, leaving the reader almost completely uninterested about anything happening half way through.  Luckily, events nearing the end of the novel garner the reader’s well-deserved attention with great storytelling; however, the book does suffer from inherently being told by a psychopath: it’s intensely dry.
- @FalcoLombardi of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

saharri1 Mar 23, 2016

Brilliant satire of greed, excess, narcissism, and the downward spiral that accompanies undeserved privelege. Extremely violent, but necessarily so. Commodity fetishism as sociopathy.

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

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