I’m scarred for life
By Toni FGMAMTC
I read this book for Banned Books Week. I can absolutely understand why it was challenged. I can't even think of how to write a proper review about it. I just want to throw out expletives and wild hand gestures. Bateman scared the *** out of me! He's the guy everyone wants to date and wants around, and he's completely freaking psycho. He's a serial killer that has total breaks from reality. He commits atrocious violent murders. He even comes right out and tells people, but everyone is so caught up in what's the latest most expensive trend in the city that they just blow it off as jokes. The sexual torture scenes are so horrifying that I had to take breaks. Everything is so detailed that I almost threw up once. The way the author divides the insanity with completely mundane who's wearing what and going where and eating which item and drinking which drink and so is genius. It winds the reader down and then he hits us again. This is so scary because society is really like this. We have to actually be hit upside the head with something before we recognize the evil from the normal. Inside Bateman's head is a terrible place to be, but sadly it's interesting too. He has some kind of crazy appeal. This story completely disturbed me. I don't think I could reread it or recommend it, but I still think it deserves a high rating.
So here goes, god, how do I do this? American Psycho is one of my favourite books. It comes in four waves, each wave about 100 pages long. The first wave is mind numbingly repetetive, but purposefully so. It follows Patrick Bateman as he wanders around New York City, going to clubs, going to restaurants, working out. Bret Easton Ellis only drops little hints of Patrick's insanity along the way, and that's why it's so jarring and so shocking when he blinds the homeless man early into the second wave, it actually made me put the book down and sit there for a couple minutes before picking it back up. The way Bret Easton Ellis controls this book is brilliant, there's no other word for it.
The way some people write about this book would made it sound very boring and graphic, but let me tell you that I think this book is actually riveting. Sure it's insanely violent and features pages and pages of descriptions of aesthetics and pornography (for satirical purposes) but there's an amazing entertainment value to it. You want to see what vile, surreal hijinks Patrick Bateman gets up to.
Also, it's hilarious.
By Not what I hoped
What a waste of time. I can deal with the gruesome details, the excesses etc if there is a plot.
You really get in to the mind of Pat Bateman the serial killer .I felt like this character's thoughts were genuine and I really like the writing style honestly this is my favorite book it's graphic but it's really good
Great American Novel.
Genius Pure and Simple
Brilliant paen to the entire sweep and grand foolishness that was the 1980s. He captures everything that odious about it, the obsession with consumerism, with personal grooming, with fluffy, meaningless pop and more.
Ellis has a gift for eyeing what's most objectionable about a clique of people or an era and setting it down in the most addictive, alluring observations imaginable. If you want to know everything perverse about a sordid decade that was maybe the worst in American history, you could do a lot worse than downloading this one.
This is it
By rockin reed
This is me.
Amazing. My favorite book by far, Ellis' eye for detail and drawing the author a mental image is both impeccable and fascinating. Truly a remarkable read for those with a strong stomach and those who can see Patrick Bateman from a different point of view rather then a demented serial killer. Only for the people who have a mature enough mindset
Ha ha ha ha ha ha
By Jim Poiterman
Jah! Is tha best think evah? UDFHSIHIEFN YEH
American Too Many Rambling Chapters
By Fan of Macabre
So long winded!
Shortened by at least half, it's great. (Let's just say when you start skimming sex and murder chapters, the diarrhea of the fingers is outta control. Completely skipped chapters Genesis, Whitney Houston, and Huey Lewis.)
Sick, not remotely intelligent
Burned it in the backyard grill.
A worthwhile read and look at the 1980's culture of greed.