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The protagonist, Patrick Bateman, is the personification of the darkest extreme of this lack of empathy. I think American Psycho was ultimately my argument about this. I check in with Patrick every now and then … but he has been living his own life for some time a,erikai, and I rarely feel as if I have guardianship over him, or any right to tell him where he would or would not be today, decades after his birth.

So this is is just ‘what I remember’ sort of review now: His speech at the start of the book is a convincing elliz, though none for his friends sat around the dinner table are willing to listen to him and address a real problem.

Ellis slyly balances the relative passion with which Bateman might discuss Huey Lewis in one chapter with a dispassionate yet detailed and horrific play-by-play of rape and dismemberment in the next. Consequently, while I have read many books that made me uncomfortable or nauseous, I have not read any that did so for such weak returns.

Bret Easton Ellis still stuck with American Psycho after 25 years

This page was last edited on 28 Decemberat He is a murderer. Ellis’s muse is at once a monster and a metaphor, not just for the Reagan era, but for the potential darkness of post-modernity in toto.


Essays In Love Alain de Botton. A man addicted to his superficial, perfect life, he pulls us into a dark underworld where the American Dream becomes a nightmare. Set in Manhattan during the Wall Street boom of the late s, American Psycho follows the life of wealthy young investment banker Patrick Bateman. I’ve never in my life felt so guilty for laughing at a book, but laugh I did. View all 40 comments. At this point I’m sure it bores everyone to dredge up the whole misogyny question again, but it still puzzles me that smart people who must certainly know not to confuse the character’s perspective with the author’s continue to pull the concern-troll card here.

View all 37 comments. The only reason I decided to read the damn book is because I noticed it was 1 on numerous Goodreads list.

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I think Patrick Batemans have existed throughout history. Bateman’s best friend vanishes mysteriously before the ugliest parts happen, then reappears near the end.

I think that’s the elephant in the aamerikai that people who talk about American Psycho either don’t understand or don’t wanna face: Well, that was nice, I liked reading them, until I came to the handwritten card under American Psycho. You can also watch my review of this book on YouTube here: A couple of years ago I went into Waterstones in downtown Nottingham, and mooched around.

Serpell bringing to light the patterns and trends Ellis expresses through Bateman, what the consequences of how “serialized consummer exhanges in an economy where commodities and bodies become interchangeable and indistinguishable,” [16] could affect society, and the way affluent people view others whether they are higher, lower, or the same in wealth or social status. They’re his friends and peers, or at least they enjoy the same restaurants. Despite this book not being very old, Bateman has a certain infamy amongst fictional serial killers and psychopaths.


Of course, the character of Bateman is supposed to be vile, but his misogyny is so pronounced that I find it hard to simply glom it on with the rest of his misanthropic tics.

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I wish there was more like it. The titular psycho, protagonist and narrator, Patrick Bateman, is undoubtedly a horrifically misogynist character – both in terms of the hideous things he does to women and in the minute details of the ways in which he perceives and judges them.

These are the superficial building blocks of Bateman’s superficial reality, and through the obsessive order thereby repeatedly described Ellis slowly introduces cracks. What I did like were the few chapters that discussed s music icons. The men melt into a homogenous blur of Brooks Brothers suits, Valentino ties, slicked-back hair and nonprescription glasses; the women into an interchangeable mass of blonde hair, big tits, whiny voices and Carolina Herrera silk blouses.

View all 11 comments. After killing Paul Owen, one of his colleagues, Bateman appropriates his apartment as a place to host and kill more victims. Well, firstly I will just comment on the violence in this novel and say that it contains some of the most graphic torture and killings that I have ever read about both in the real and fictional world. Vintage BooksNew York. New German Critique This screenplay was selected over three others, including one by Ellis himself.

My favorite part Read Pat mingle: