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American Psycho Paperback – March 6, 1991
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Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
“A masterful satire and a ferocious, hilarious, ambitious, inspiring piece of writing, which has large elements of Jane Austen at her vitriolic best. An important book.” —Katherine Dunn
“A great novel. What Emerson said about genius, that it’s the return of one’s rejected thoughts with an alienated majesty, holds true for American Psycho…. There is a fever to the life of this book that is, in my reading, unknown in American literature.” —Michael Tolkin
“The first novel to come along in years that takes on deep and Dostoyevskian themes…. [Ellis] is showing older authors where the hands come to on the clock.” —Norman Mailer, Vanity Fair
Top Customer Reviews
Ellis's protagonist in "American Psycho" is one Patrick Bateman. Patrick is at the pinnacle of power: he is young, buff, tan, and filthy rich. He works, when he feels like it, at a powerhouse Wall Street firm. Most of his days are filled with parties, dating, dining out, renting videotapes, and buying the best of everything. Why not? Patrick can afford to do whatever he wants in an America that not only approves of his behavior, but ardently wants to emulate it as well. There is one slight quirk in Bateman's well coiffed persona, one small, minutely unpleasant ritual he feels he must engage in from time to time: Patrick likes to rape, torture, and murder people. His usual victims are prostitutes and homeless people, although he isn't above killing an occasional cop or child. That Patrick is, inside, a raving lunatic of epic proportions doesn't matter as long as he can maintain surface appearances. This he manages to do by keeping up on all the latest fads, doling out fashion tips to those less fortunate, and hanging out with the guys and gals on a regular basis.Read more ›
Anyone who suggests this should be banned or censored simply needs to read the book again. For me, it wasn't a masterpiece nor will the substance of this novel become a central theme of my own social vision. Much of the core satire in this novel can be found in less shocking prose (God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut), but I am still taken by the beautiful style and coldness of the narrartor that the author conveys. A wonderful lesson in literature and clever poignant commentary although not for the weak at heart nor should you expect to learn anything you shouldn't already know.
Still, recommended. For the serious reader.
If you're looking for cheap thrills and detailed descriptions of lude acts, go elsewhere. 400 pages of descriptions of fashion sense will quickly dull whatever rush you're looking for from the seven descriptive murders of the novel.
Ellis gives us Yuppie Manhattan in full effect, where the only things that count are money and designer labels; real people are faceless nonentities with interchangeable names, everyone seems to have a Peter Pan complex, dreading the inexorable approach of the big 3-0, and the defining characteristic of the time is its all-encompassing materialism. The anti-hero of "American Psycho", Patrick Bateman, is a serial killer with a penchant for torturing and murdering young women in a quest to give his empty existence some meaning. Bateman is perfect on the surface; he's young (26), handsome, expensively dressed, lives in a trendy condo on the trendy Upper West Side, makes six figures on Wall Street, and can reel off designer names at the drop of a hat. He can glance at anyone for a split second and tell who designed each item of his or her visible apparel. Bateman's life is so devoid of meaning that he thinks all this superficial knowledge actually matters. He can't love anyone, including himself; he treats friends, lovers and acquaintances with equal contempt; and he is totally devoid of compassion, tenderness, remorse, warmth, or anything remotely resembling a conscience.Read more ›
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The book is nothing like the movie. It is WAY more graphic and sexual. I really enjoyed the way Ellis comments on the yuppie materialistic culture of NYC in the 90s. Read morePublished 3 days ago by dschwartz
I have seen the movie many times, and the musical once. Then I finally read the book...funny and sadistic. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Christine B. Engebretsen
There are some things one shouldn't write, and certainly, not publically. I gave up on this because the depictions of human torture and mutilation had become so graphic, horrific,... Read morePublished 8 days ago by eric baker
Very disappointed with this novel. It drags on too long what Patrick does in his life and doesn't get to the point of the story. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Killer Kitty 79
BUY IT! You won't regret it. Great read.
The quality of the book is great, I normally prefer hardcovers, but it is a great edition and easy to carry.
If you liked the film, the book is irresistible. You can just see Christian Bale doing his face treatments! The end is great... A very fun and satisfying read! Read morePublished 20 days ago by Nina H. Klein
I had seen the movie some time ago but the book was a totally different experience. The author was able to really make you get in the head of the character and really "understand"... Read morePublished 25 days ago by artboy598
One of the best books that I've ever had the pleasure of reading; instantly after finishing, it became one of my favorite books of all time. I won't say much. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kathryn
Totally overrated book... the gratuitous book doesn't make this book great literature or even mediocre literature.Published 1 month ago by Tomislav S. Mitic