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Subject: American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
Date Posted: 8/3/2008 3:31 PM ET
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I just started reading this yesterday.  I watched the movie and loved it.  My only hangup with this book is that there are so many descriptions!  It seemed like it would never end sometimes, and I know that through the mind of a psycho that's as meticulous as the one in this story that things would be perceived differently... but... it seems to drag the storyline out a lot.  Does anyone else think so?  Or is it worth it to read the book even though?  I've heard such good reviews of American Psycho, and I'd like to finish reading it.  Just not if this keeps up throughout the entire book.  Any thoughts?

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 9:14 PM ET
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I've always thought the descriptions were part of the point of the book.  As the story progresses, and his actions get more and more severe, the order of his life and descriptions become less and less, showing the mental breakdown a bit.  I enjoyed it when i read it years ago, but I seem to recall (and i'm not sure this is true), he set out to write as horrific a book he could under the guise of "literature" as he could.  Sort of like Ed Lee trying to write one of his books to be taken seriously by academia.  It seemed to work for Ellis, as I know the book was taught at the University of Massachusetts in a 20th century lit class (a friend in the class turned me on to it).

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 1:41 AM ET
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I loathed the book. I don't know why I bothered, since I haven't liked anything else he's written. The descriptions got under my skin very quickly. I understand that was part of the point, everything being given a brand name and all, but I couldn't stand it. Frankly, some of the horrific stuff that occurred later went beyond any horror movie I've ever seen and I never actually finished the book. It was just too pornographic (from a violence standpoint) for me.

This from someone whose favorite horror movie is The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 1:58 AM ET
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Stacey, some of that violence got to me too. I have a pretty strong stomach for horror, but that stuff was...disturbing. Upon reading it, I understood why some people totally villified Ellis. (How could he write that?! was the collective wail.)

But I loved the descriptions. They got tiresome, but something about the WAY he gave them, his voice, really made it compulsively readable.

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 12:31 PM ET
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I hated this book!! I read to page 187 and never did get to any  horrific killings. There was some porn but nothing I haven't read from other authors (Ed Lee, Bentley Little, Etc..) I read all the good reviews and immediately got this book to read, and I'm sorry I did. I couldn't finish it either, the descriptions drove me crazy!

And not enough violence, maybe I didn't read far enough, but I could not stomach anymore of the book.

Christa

I WILL TAKE ANY WISHLIST BOOK IN ANY CONDITION AS LONG AS IT'S READABLE 

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 6:12 PM ET
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Hmm... I think I'm just gonna pass this one to the person next in line.  Sounds like it's a love it or hate it kind of book, lol.  And I prefer Bentley Little, Brian Keene and Stephen King - type books.  Maybe I'll flip through to the last pages out of curiosity (for shame! lol) and then send it on it's way.

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 9:14 PM ET
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but.....but.....but......you'll miss the jumper cables  ;)

 

seriously, if it's not doing it for you, move along, too many books to read, not enough time...

Date Posted: 8/11/2008 12:45 AM ET
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I'm not sure which was worse for me - the scene with the rat and cheese, or the scene involving (how shall I put it) rudimentary dental work? Since I didn't even finish it, I'm sure something worse probably came along later.

Date Posted: 8/25/2008 1:58 AM ET
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Wow I hated this book!  I was so eager to read it too!  The descriptions drove me nuts then after I got used to them I realized it is all part of the mind of a Psycho , so to speak.   SO many times I wanted to throw this book into the fire, I hated it! But.......I just couldn't put it down!  I finished it and posted it for the next person to get it out of here!  Never got into the movie either...not a Christian Bale fan though, although he was good for the role.  Happy Reading!

Subject: not worth it
Date Posted: 9/3/2008 4:19 AM ET
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I read this book a couple of years ago and hated it. I actually put it on my bookshelf here when I signed up 2 weeks ago and it was one of the first to go. I had seen the movie and a friend recommended the book to me but I thought it was awful. I had to force myself to finish the book because I really hate not finishing what I started but it dragged on way to much. Thats the only thing I really remember about the book. I would not recommend it to anyone.
Date Posted: 9/11/2008 6:16 PM ET
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I tried reading this book and couldn't finish it.  I hated it!  It just went on and on and on.......  Blah!

Date Posted: 9/14/2008 2:48 PM ET
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Wow, I loved the movie and put he book on my to read list, but I think I'm gonna pass.  It sound like there is torture in this book and that's not my cup of tea.  At least in the movie it was not prolonged.  Also, I hate, hate, hate, drawn out descriptions.  I ususally skim them.  It sounds like I'd be skimming this whole book.