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American Psycho
American Psycho
Author: Bret Easton Ellis
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 w...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780679735779
ISBN-10: 0679735771
Publication Date: 3/1/1991
Pages: 416
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 298 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 12
First off, the movie did not even compare to this book. Forget the movie all together and start here. This book was one of those that you don't want to put down but is so very disturbing that you want to walk away from it. This was a rollercoaster of emotions and just shy of the moment when you put it down and go get sick! I found myself many times gasping with my hand over my mouth, telling my husband how horrible it is to read, and picking it back up again! A fast paced, detailed read that keeps you burning the lamp for HOURS! I do not regret reading it..but safe to say that I don't think that I will ever be able to read it again!
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This is truly the sickest most twisted book I've ever read. It's like a 30 car pile up you can't walk away from. I have read it 3 times and must get rid of it before I commit it to memory. Should be tracked by the FBI for suspected serial killers. Much better than the movie. Definitly not for the faint of heart.
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Helpful Score: 5
This was a fabulous piece of writing, and I feel 100% positive that it will stay with me the rest of my days. But then again, I'm not so sure that's a good thing. This is the most macabre, gruesome story that I've ever laid eyes upon. Wonderfully glib and funny in places, with the overblown and exaggerated self-absorption of the 1980's, there is virtually no warning when Patrick decides to go on a murderous, torturous, explicit rampage. Not for the faint of heart.
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Helpful Score: 4
Wow. Just... wow. This book is NOT for the faint of heart. Highly disturbing, intensely graphic. You'll actually wince as you walk through the twisted mind - and acts - of a psychopath. The literary style is a bit disjointed and the style wasn't my favorite. Regardless, the imagery from this book lingers in your mind after you read it. I don't recommend reading this book but I don't NOT recommend it either. It all depends on your tolerance for violence I suppose.
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Helpful Score: 4
What can I say about one of my favorite books of all time? That it's funny? Yes, you will literally laugh out loud. That it's boring? At times. Your eyes will glaze over at least once listening to Bateman drone on about who's wearing what designer. That it's horrific? Absolutely. You will be violated on this ride.

And what a fantastic ride it is.

The best part of the novel is the journey that Ellis takes his reader through to connect with Bateman's psychosis. Ellis follows a boring, detailed chapter on Phil Collin's music, for example, with an equally detailed chapter about a mutilation. He makes Patrick as involved with his morning routine as he is with his murderous episodes. Both share an equal importance in Bateman's world- a brilliant and accurate portrayal of the mind of a sociopath. They have the same emotional reaction to the mundane as they do to the gruesome- none.

Enjoying the book for the second time, the journey into Bateman's psychosis was more of a familiar descent rather than a disorienting plunge. However, after reading the book for long stretches, it still takes a moment to reconnect with the world. What an awesome author that can affect his reader in that way.

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I found this book very disturbing. Very few books, if any, have I ever had to put down. This made the list. If you can stomach sadism, it's a great read. If not, steer clear. What Ellis has to say about the life of the privileged in Manhattan is very brutally, but masterfully conveyed.
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Great book, the movie does not do it justice at all. Very graphic not for the faint of heart.
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Ok I absolutely loved this book. It is one of the scariest books Ive ever read because this guy has all the tools to keep killing forever!! It will disgust you and make you laugh too at the shallowness which allows this killer to keep on killing! Really an indictment of American wall street society only I dont think it was just during the 80s he could get away with this, might still be one out there right now!! Disturbing read. Not for those who shy away from outright bloodbaths or explicit sexual scenes.How do some people think a monster would act anyway??

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