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18 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

Nothing really matters

"American Psycho" is not only a great critique of the 80's yuppie culture, but it is a scathing criticism of a nation's moral decay. The book is very well written, and it has a style that creates a world easily accessible to the reader. The book creates a dissonance fro...
"American Psycho" is not only a great critique of the 80's yuppie culture, but it is a scathing criticism of a nation's moral decay. The book is very well written, and it has a style that creates a world easily accessible to the reader. The book creates a dissonance from real life and the actual plot that leaves the reader questioning if our narrator, dear Patrick, is a reliable source or nothing more than a raving mad-man. The wonder of Ellis's writing is that, while asking this question, the overwhelming fact is that it doesn't really matter. While Bateman, the main character, is a psychopathic killer, it is easy to empathize with him and understand his frustrations. The writing style is unique and makes it easy to get into Bateman's mindset. I usually am not a detail-oriented reader, and I often prefer to have my own imagination work than the author's descriptions, but long sections devoted to clothes and other such details really are a pleasure to read in this book, mostly because they help the reader see the world as Bateman does. A unique read to be certain, but wildly entertaining.

posted by ChesterfieldWatts on May 14, 2010

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10 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

Pointless....

I read this book long before the movie, and this is one case where the book is not any better than the movie. In fact, the movie could not have been worse than the book. Clearly the author thinks he has something valuable to say about society, but I cannot see what it...
I read this book long before the movie, and this is one case where the book is not any better than the movie. In fact, the movie could not have been worse than the book. Clearly the author thinks he has something valuable to say about society, but I cannot see what it is. It seems as though Ellis only wrote this trash in order to get a rise out of people. Although it was disgusting and truly nauseating at times, it was boring. The author wastes pages and pages and pages having Bateman describe utterly ridiculous and meaningless things such as what brand of after-shave he wears and exactly how he puts it on. Reading labels on shampoo bottles is more exciting than the better part of this book, although not as informative (ha ha). When he is not putting the reader to sleep with endless and insignificant descriptions of clothing, he has Bateman describe exactly how he makes a rat crawl completely inside a woman's body via an unmentionable opening, then find it later, among other hideous things. It is either totally boring or totally sickening, but never suspenseful or interesting. If you want pure raunch, beyond what you may have read before, and/or a read that may be offensive to even the most inoffendable woman, then read this. Tedious.

posted by Anonymous on May 12, 2002

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2002

    Fantasy book lover

    Quite Frankly, I thought this book sucked. But, that could be because I do not usually read this kind of material. I recommend this to anyone who likes fiction with a hint of reality.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Too long!

    I get the point of the book. I understand why it was written in the manner it was. I understand why Bateman describes his world in such a hyper detailed way. Believe me, I get it. Still, there is no reason for the book to linger on over 400 pages. What started out as darkly humorous and shocking just gets exhaustingly tedious after a while.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2004

    not very good

    This book was dreadful to read. I admittedly made the mistake of seeing the movie many times before reading it, but had I read the book first I would've never seen the movie. Now don't get me wrong, it is *in technical aspects* well-written. Ellis did his homework. But I simply could not get through this thing when every other 6 lines described what someone was wearing. And it wasn't just character introduction, it was EVERY TIME a character was seen by Bateman. I honestly couldn't go past about page 150. Up to this point, nothing happened. The only reason I kept going after 100 was to see if something would eventually happen. But there was nothing. All I got out of the book was clothing descriptions and dinner dates. So I guess I'm not the best source since I didn't actually read the whole book, but take my advice: see the movie and leave it at that. The story does not need anything more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2001

    I thought I was desensitized . . .

    But did this book ever prove me wrong. The last 150 pages, I was amazed at myself for reading them. It got to the point where I actually thought 'Well, I don't want to read anymore, but I haven't gone through 360 pages to give up now.' In retrospect, I should have. The closet a novel has ever come to inducing vomit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2000

    Dated and boring

    In the current economic climate, heavy handed allegories about the greed of the eighties seem irrelevant. For a truly witty skewering of the ostentation and self-centeredness of the late-eighties yuppy, read 'Bonfire of the Vanities,' by Tom Wolfe. It's also at least half-way believable, unlike this attempt to demonstrate the workings of a criminally compulsive mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2000

    way too long

    i was very disappointed in this book. maybe if there would have been a little less focus on every single detail about everyone's clothing, and a little more on the plot it might have been enjoyable. it was very repetetive and bored me.

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