American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

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19 Critic Reviews

Overall, I enjoyed this book. This book is not for everyone, I should say. But, I find myself so enamored by American Psycho: this novel is so beautifully written that I cannot help but love the anti-hero.
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Now a major motion picture from Lion's Gate Films starring Christian Bale (Metroland), Chloe Sevigny (The Last Days of Disco), Jared Leto (My So Called Life), and Reese Witherspoon (Cruel Intentions), and directed by Mary Harron (I Shot Andy Warhol).

In American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis imaginatively explores the incomprehensible depths of madness and captures the insanity of violence in our time or any other. Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.


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About Bret Easton Ellis

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Bret Easton Ellis is also the author of American Psycho, Glamorama, The Informers, Less Than Zero, Lunar Park and The Rules of Attraction. His work has been translated into twenty-seven languages. He lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published May 28, 2010 by Vintage. 416 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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All: 19 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 3

Guardian

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Reviewed by Sam Jordison on Jul 14 2010

His snobbery, his bad taste, his obsession with Les Mis and ability to take Huey Lewis and the News seriously...all add up to one of the funniest comic creations since Bertie Wooster. True, he isn't quite such pleasant company as Bertie, but what did you expect? He's a psycho.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Fay Weldon on Apr 25 1991

I wouldn't go to the stake for it, as I would for Salman Rushdie's right to publish The Satanic Verses. American Psycho is a novel written out of the American tradition - the novelist's function to keep a running tag on the progress of the culture: and he's done it brilliantly, but others are doing it too.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Sam Jordison on Jul 14 2010

Yet to talk of such weighty matters hardly does justice to the most significant aspect of the American Psycho reading experience: the fact that it's hilarious. As well as being a repulsive nightmare, Patrick Bateman is a comic creation of the highest order.

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Jeruen Dery on Apr 05 2012

Overall, I enjoyed this book. This book is not for everyone, I should say. But, I find myself so enamored by American Psycho: this novel is so beautifully written that I cannot help but love the anti-hero.

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Jeruen Dery on Apr 05 2012

Overall, I enjoyed this book. This book is not for everyone, I should say. But, I find myself so enamored by American Psycho: this novel is so beautifully written that I cannot help but love the anti-hero. It is a novel that will make one think.

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Entertainment Weekly

Below average
on Mar 08 1991

...horrifying only for its author’s utter lack of narrative skill. To say that Ellis creates two-dimensional characters would be to flatter his understanding of human nature.

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Pajiba

Above average
Reviewed by Bonnie on Jan 22 2013

Overall, I thought that certain parts of American Psycho showed peculiar insight into human condition, while other parts filled me with profound disgust and loathing. I won't elaborate. But there are dismemberments and nail guns and all sorts of things I can't unread that I never want to think about again.

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The Uncustomary Book Review

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Reviewed by Kat Kiddles on Oct 04 2012

I’m never sure if a chapter is going to drag me through the most grotesque murder scene I’ve ever read, or if it will simply put me in the middle of a conversation with a bunch of men who can’t decide where to make a dinner reservation.

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Dawn.com

Good
on Sep 10 2012

As unpopular as reading anything over 140 characters is nowadays, this mirror on society is worth your time and the ensuing nightmares that will probably follow.

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That's What She Read

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Reviewed by Michelle on Oct 04 2012

American Psycho is a horror story but one that terrorizes by more than blood and gore. It is a novel that leaves a reader raw with visceral emotion and numb to the horror that one man can envision or enact on another in a primitive and total cry for help.

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Parental Book Reviews

Excellent
on Sep 28 2014

Such a magnificent work deserves continued reads long beyond Ellis’ lifetime, and novels as masterfully written and influential as American Psycho are known for sticking around many years after their publication.

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Book Chatter

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Reviewed by Ti on Oct 11 2012

If you have a weak stomach, this book is definitely not for you but if you appreciate dry humor, pokes at consumerism and love a good psychological thriller, you might be okay with it.

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Between The Covers

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Reviewed by Jamaal on Dec 12 2011

What makes Patrick Bateman–and as an extension, American Psycho–so intriguing is the descriptive nature of Bret Easton Ellis’ writing.

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Bookgasm

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Reviewed by Rod Lott on Jul 11 2011

What I most remember about the book aren’t the list of grooming tips or the gratuitous Huey Lewis references, but the Habitrail sex scene. To this day, I’m at once still disturbed by that part, yet still peeved it didn’t make it in the movie.

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Caroline Bookbinder

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Reviewed by Carin Siegfried on Sep 02 2010

I read this book after watching the movie when it first came out. I read it all in one sitting. It was horrifying, terrifying, disgusting, and yet I could not look away.

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http://www.dawn.com

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on Sep 10 2012

As unpopular as reading anything over 140 characters is nowadays, this mirror on society is worth your time and the ensuing nightmares that will probably follow.

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Blurb Hack

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Reviewed by Lorenzo Princi on Jan 16 2014

Ellis' novel is rightfully a modern classic and as relevant as ever today. Yet reader discretion is advised, it does create very disturbing imagery through it's vivid descriptions.

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Opinions of a Wolf Blog

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Reviewed by wolfshowl on Jan 10 2011

I highly recommend this book to everyone who thinks they can handle the graphic sex and violence. It will push your boundaries and force you to sympathize with those society depicts to us as the least sympathetic.

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The Fringe Magazine

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Reviewed by Scott Wilson on Aug 16 2011

The brilliance of this novel has nothing to do with the violence *as* violence, but everything to do with the way the violence is DISCLOSED by Bateman in the narrative.

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