American Psycho

American Psycho

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By day privileged, fashion-conscious Patrick Bateman makes a killing on Wall Street. By night, he translates his predatory impulses into a string of brutal and sadistic murders.
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ISBN: 9780307756435
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Sale and purchase was banned in the Australian State of Queensland. Now available in public libraries and for sale to people 18 years and older. Sale restricted to persons at least 18 years old in the other Australian states.


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bookreaderman
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 :)!

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Abrockin
Oct 12, 2016

Couldn't stand reading this novel.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
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

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Aka_MeTarzan
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.

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ben_norman
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.

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wormboy
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.

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ManMachine
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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erinsitter
Mar 22, 2014

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.

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donb0099
Nov 07, 2013

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.

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ManMachine
May 11, 2014

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

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salokin88
Aug 18, 2009

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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salokin88
Aug 18, 2009

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Ringwood
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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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