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Publisher Description

The modern classic, the basis of a Broadway musical, and major motion picture from Lion's Gate Films starring Christian Bale, Chloe Sevigny, Jared Leto, and Reese Witherspoon, and directed by Mary Harron.

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.

Fiction & Literature
March 6
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Wheezr ,

This book has every element of postmodern literature

American Psycho is extremely complex. The way the characters are aware of the world is advanced in every way possible. The narrator, Patrick Bateman, provides readers with both a window into a portrayal of an actual psychotic killer, and a satirical version of a successful wall street tycoon. In between killing sprees (which are more graphic than can be described in this review) and hilarious satire of daily routine and high quality products, there is quite dull and boring descriptions of what people are wearing and music reviews but that aside the book is superb.


I’m scarred for life

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.

Dave Davington ,

One of the worst books of all time

Nothing more than the diary of rich, white loser who murdered people for sport. This book deserved to be banned and probably shouldn’t be published anymore.

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