Item description for American Psycho (German) by Bret Easton Ellis...
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.
Blurb in Spanish: Mucho se ha hablado de American Psycho. Y lo cierto es que haba razn para tanta polmica, pues esta novela de Bret Easton Ellis constituye una de las crticas ms feroces que un escritor norteamericano ha hecho a su propio pas: una sociedad autocomplaciente y orgullosa de si misma. Para su denuncia, el autor ha escogido un camino arriesgado: Patrick Bateman, el protagonista, no es un rebelde ni un paria; Patrick es un joven de xito que, sin embargo, tambin es capaz de violar, torturar y asesinar. Como dijo Fay Weldom, American Psycho es de alguna forma el oscuro complemento de La hoguera de las vanidades, por cuanto descubre aquellos puntos negros de la vida de los supuestos triunfadores que la novela de Tom Wolfe quiso obviar.
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Bret Easton Ellis is the author of five previous novels including, Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, American Psycho, Glamorama, and Lunar Park, and a collection of stories, The Informers. His works have been translated into twenty-seven languages. Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, American Psycho, and The Informers have all been made into films. He divides his time between Los Angeles and New York City.
Bret Easton Ellis currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York. Bret Easton Ellis was born in 1964.
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Not for the queasy readers Sep 1, 2008
I have been on a kick reading the books of Ellis. I saw this movie first, which in itself was dark but great. The book, as with most books a movie is based on, delves deeper into the psyche of the main character. It also seems to give more of a history. Most of Ellis' books so far really have no beginning and end. They just seem to take a certain time line of a character or characters. Be prepared for that. Also, it is a great but graphic book, so it is not for queasy readers.
Horrible and poorly researched Aug 22, 2008
If I could rate this book a zero, I would, but the lowest I can rate it is a one. This book is horrible. However, if you are looking for a book that will disgust you, this is the book for you. If you are a reasonably intelligent person, you will hate this book. First of all, it has no point. Secondly, it is so discriptive that it becomes boring really fast. The biggest problem is that it does not make any sense. There is absolutely no psychological disorder that would cause someone to go to such extremes so fast (aside from brain damage but the book does not tell of any reason for this to have occured. A person would not just start acting this way, psychologically, this does not happen.) The person that wrote this obviously did not do any research into psychopaths or psychotic behaviour. It is clear that the purpose of the book was not to be accurate, but simply to push the limits. It is so over the top that it comes off very disorganized and, to put it plainly, poorly written. Some might argue that this is what the writer wanted to portray, but this is hard to beleive. As I said before, the person that wrote this has no idea how true psycopaths act. Therefore, writting it this way to show how psychotic Patrick Bateman is only proves just how bad the book is, because the psychosis is so incorrectly portrayed. If he was trying to be clever, he failed. One last thing. One thing I liked about the book if the fact that he inserts quotes from real serial killers. However, when Bateman quotes "When I see a pretty girl walking down the street, two things go through my head. Part of me thinks that I would like to take her out, date her. The other part of me wonders what her head would look like on a stick." I am paraphrasing of course. Good quote, but unfortunately, Bateman attributes it to Ed Gein, but it was actually said be Edmond Kemper.
This Is NOT An Exit Aug 14, 2008
'American Psycho' is a satire of the 1980's (among other subjects) centered around narrator Patrick Bateman who is the yuppie-to-end-all-yuppies. Though the humor is as dark as possible, it's true to Ellis and true to the story. I cannot find any failure whatsoever with this book. For readers who complain parts are "boring" or "gross": I would tell you that this is not accidental. Bret Easton Ellis is such a brilliant writer, he is able to manipulate the reader with very little effort. It is a gift with which very few authors are blessed. If you're reading Ellis and you feel bored: he has duped you. If you're reading Ellis and you find a scene so gruesome you're forced to close your book: he's duped you. Let me assure you Bateman's pages-long ridiculously verbose meditations about things such as a Whitney Houston album were never intended to excite anyone. 'American Psycho' is as beautifully written as it hilarious and disturbing.
'American Psycho' is, by far, my favorite novel of all time. It's also an effective litmus book in that if someone tells me they don't like it/ didn't get it, we're probably not compatible.
A Nightmarish Comedy of Manners Jul 20, 2008
American Psycho is Bret Easton Ellis' grotesque comedy about the decadent underbelly of Wall Street culture in the 1980s, as experienced firsthand through protagonist Patrick Bateman. The book is the only example I have read of controlled and literate obscenity. Few books demand their readers to both laugh and cringe in disgust. Ellis accomplishes this by combining a Zeitgeist protagonist (as Fyodor Dostoevsky does in Notes from Underground), a comedy of manners (consider a very twisted Jane Austen), and the 1980s American height of materialism and capitalism.
The novel is not as overwhelming as all of that sounds, because Ellis is a fantastic teacher. He eases you into the themes of the overall satire he is attempting to compose, so that when the first shock comes, at least you have been partially primed for the graphic imagery it conjures.
One of the novel's constant jokes concerns excruciating details about the brand names of the material possessions in Bateman's vicinity and, sometimes, his judgments of the people who own those possessions. Ellis does a great job helping the reader plow through the barrage of high-end designer labels and features of new-fangled gadgets by writing the novel in an exuberant and often manic first person, present tense narrative. Almost all fiction is written in past tense, and it's refreshing for Ellis to try something few attempt, and to do it well.
I found that reading the book out loud makes the humor rise from the page, especially during the scenes when Bateman endlessly catalogues the contents of his purchases from an upscale store or the respective entrées of his friends while they dine at a trendy restaurant. I did not read the gruesome scenes of rape, torture, and murder out loud, however. I admit that I didn't want to get too close to those words.
I initially thought that the book was too long. Almost everything that is going to happen occurs within the first 250 pages of the book, and the rest of the novel (with the exception of the final 30 pages) is comprised largely of variations on the themes. In short, I started to get slightly bored, and I thought maybe the book wasn't as well written as I had thought. Then I realized that Bateman, too, was getting bored and it hit me: I've become as desensitized as the protagonist. It's then that I understood clearly one of the novel's powerful understatements: Any of us has the potential to be Patrick Bateman. Certainly, such a notion isn't likely to be rendered real, but it does mean that Bateman is operating within the scope of humanity; granted, he's at the division between human and demon. It also means that the length of the text is perfect.
In the end, Ellis wants his readers to understand that life reduced to overpriced suits and food, designer drugs and bottled water, un-spendable amounts of wealth, ultra metrosexuality and obsessive health consciousness, and mind-numbing and soul-crushing careers are in fact the polite and fashionably correct equivalents of rape, torture, and murder. The reader is left to decide what to do about it.
Its all about the clothes. Jun 22, 2008
I'm guessing that this book was suppose to be about Bateman living in a society where everyone is fake. But all I got out of it was whole chapters on Whintey Huston and several pages out of fashion magazines. Along with the graphic scences and odd writing style, this book is very hard to get into.