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American Psycho

29 Ratings: 2.9
A book by Bret Easton Ellis

This review is based on the galley issued by Ellis's original publisher, Simon & Schuster, before it cancelled the book. The book is now going through the editing process at Vintage. There may be some changes in the final version. The indignant … see full wiki

Author: Bret Easton Ellis
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Vintage
6 reviews about American Psycho
review by . June 29, 2010
   I recently re-read this book after having read it originally in 1993. It remains an amazingly well written book that captures a decadent era and the true psychopathology of the most frightening archetype there is of a "serial killer" - the wealthy one that is so normal that others overlook clues to his crimes.      That being said, as the one review indicated and re-reading the book years later, it does seem more likely that most of the murders in the main …
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
Nice take on Reagans 80's. Not as good as Less than Zero though
review by . December 03, 2008
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
This is the first Bret Easton Ellis I have read. First, I recommend reading this book before you watch the movie. There are conclusions to be reached on your own before the Director's interpertation of the story. Possible spoilers here, so read on at your own risk. Patrick Bateman is a successful Wall Street businessman in the materialistic 80's. He is self-absorbed and materialistic himself. He is also completely insane. Mr. Ellis's ability to completely and realistically bring the reader into …
review by . June 14, 2006
Bret Easton Ellis is undoubtedly the most underrated author I ever have come across. People misinterpret his style as amatuerish and arrogant. This is simply not so. Ellis' stories are abnormally devoid of action because he is telling a story, a realistic story, a piece of an everyday person's life. His sentences are overlong so as to accentuate his characters' sense of bewilderment, to accentuate how dizzy this world makes them. His writing is brilliant, but many readers see only the lifeless narration …
review by . September 04, 2000
I give author Ellis 1 star for fashion tips, and another star for his ability to use language skillfully. However, when I read a novel I try to appreciate the intent, skill, dialog, and PLOT. I finished this book and took a shower to clean the misogny from my memory. The main character spends his time spiraling into the disintegration of a personality that mirrors the crash and burn of American society. Ellis' lengthy descriptions of sex, gore and body parts fills me with loathing that I am actually …
review by . April 18, 2000
It's all been said: Parts of this book are disgusting and/or hilarious; you can take your pick between calling it a deranged male revenge fantasy and a brilliant satire; the mere fact of its publication is cause either for hope and joy or for an agonizing reappraisal of our previous standards of judgment, etc. I'm not about to waste anyone's time rehashing the controversy. Unfortunately, that leaves me with nothing to consider - this book basically doesn't exist.How exactly is one to assess American …
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