Its title recalls Bret Easton Ellis’s infamous book, but while Ellis’s narrator was a blank slate, African Psycho’s protagonist is a quivering mass of lies, neuroses, and relentless internal chatter. Gregoire Nakobomayo, a petty criminal, has decided to kill his girlfriend Germaine. He’s planned the crime for some time, but still, the act of murder requires a bit of psychological and logistical preparation. Luckily, he has a mentor to call on, the far more accomplished serial killer Angoualima. The fact that Angoualima is dead doesn’t prevent Gregoire from holding lengthy conversations with him. Little by little, Gregoire interweaves Angoualima’s life and criminal exploits with his own. Continuing with the plan despite a string of botched attempts, Gregoire’s final shot at offing Germaine leads to an abrupt unraveling. Lauded in France for its fresh and witty style, African Psycho’s inventive use of language surprises and relieves the reader by injecting humor into this disturbing subject.
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A disgusting tract written in a first person narrative. The protagonist, from The Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) lives in a town called He-Who-Drinks-Water-Is-An-Idiot, and the names of the streets and bars are equally amusing--perhaps the only amusing portions of the novel. The hapless protagonist--is he harmful or harmless?-muses about methods of committing murder, and relates details of his 'idol's' crimes that are graphic and disappointing. The book is only somewhat similar to the book American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis. The protagonist's foil and mentor speaking from the grave is perhaps the only realistic character voice outside the Gregory, the main character.
Written in the first person perspective of Gregoire, an orphan who was shipped between foster homes as a child, is unattractive and struggles to fit into society, African Psycho begins with the ominous statement ¿I have decided to kill Germaine on December 29.¿, and centers on this one task. Desperate to please the sprit of Angoualima, an infamous murderer who terrorized the township of He-Who-Drinks-the-Water-Is-An-Idiot in the past, Gregoire explains all the inter workings of planning a murder, include what weapon to you, where to do it and the steps that have lead him to believe that he can pull off the crime that will set the township ablaze with terror like his master did.Although the plot is interesting, beautifully written, especially for a book that discusses rape and murder, and creates an interesting self-portrait of a man who is obviously searching for acceptance by anything, I think the story would benefit from a more in-depth explanation of what created Gregoire. Yes we know that he was given up by his parents and he was unattractive and rarely liked, but it often lacked the substance that would fully create a picture. Though it touches on the society norms that create him, I believe it could use more.