American Psycho

American Psycho

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
Branch Call Number: F ELL
Characteristics: 399 pages ; 21 cm


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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

Aug 16, 2016

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.

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.

Jul 23, 2015

Beautifully written, viseral and perfect. A beautiful commentary on the shallow nature of man( we are so preoccupied with ourselves, we don't even notice a murderer in our midst even when he confesses) and the mindless preoccupation with the rich. A powerful and important piece. I love this book and will happily read it again and again. Brutal and graphic; Not for the faint of heart. My favourite book by far.

Dec 03, 2014

To donb0099:

I wasn't going to read this book until I read your little review. You've made it sound appealing to me. I'm going to check out a copy right now. Thanks!

BTW, you should look into doing work for New York Times Book Review. I think you have a future in it.

May 11, 2014

Here are three 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.

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

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