American Psycho

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American Psycho is a thriller novel by Bret Easton Ellis that tells the story of the psychopathic Wall Street banker Patrick Bateman, a serial killer in New York City. It is the basis of the movie of the same name starring Christian Bale.

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  • Brittany West
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I saw the movie American Psycho before I read the book and I thought it was shocking. I thought the book wouldn't be as good because it didn't have the stylized nature of Hollywood. Boy, was I wrong! This book is just as shocking and disturbing to consume. This book will have you wondering about the nature of serial killers and those around you for years to come."
  • Jacqueline Jacobs
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This is a book that has an all new look at the dark side of society. It was written very well and is something I would recommend to many of my friends as a great novel. As is usually the case, the book is better than the movie."
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  • Gerald Douglas
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "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."
  • Johnny Allen
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Read this back in 1991, was mesmerized...something raw and grotesque, a book you will never forget. this second reading, Bateman seems more contrived, probably because he was a product of the 80's, a moneyed selfish arrogant murderer. I'm still liking the book, but it is a bit shallow second time round. Again, this is a book you will not soon forget, Ellis' murder sprees are vivid."
  • Janet Wilson
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "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."
  • Wayne Rice
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "American Psycho is a thriller novel by Bret Easton Ellis that tells the story of the psychopathic Wall Street banker Patrick Bateman, a serial killer in New York City. It is the basis of the movie of the same name starring Christian Bale, I am not sure its very good read for young children "
  • Edward Robertson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "One of my all time favorite books, American Psycho is just a great read. I read it after seeing the movie, and it was just excellent, way better than the movie, which I also enjoyed."
  • Stephen Collins
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Great novel, Great book. A horror book of a serial killer in NYC. How does he get away with it for so long? How is process so great? Read the book thats all I can say!"
  • James Payne
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "If you are looking for fiction books with badass characters, then American Psycho will be right up you alley. Patrick Bateman is not just a Wall Street banker, he is also a serial killer in New York City!"
  • Shirley Oliver
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "An incredible indictment of the American tendency to be excessive in all things. The tale was inspired by Yuppie culture of the 1980s, though Patrick Bateman's dead soul transcends all eras. (Patrick Bateman is out there today, as vapid as ever, though he's probably much more evil... and his mobile phone is no doubt much smaller.) Throughout the story Bateman hypnotically drones on and on about brand names, designers, furnishings, status symbols, pop music, numbing us (and himself) to the moments of sheer terror, gore and sexual violence that punctuate the book. The fashion houses, the expensive restaurants (with their corny fusion cuisine, each concept funnier than the next) and the fellow stockbrokers are all interchangeable. Don't pay too much focus trying to differentiate the characters. Nobody else in the book can either. Bateman is frequently mistaken for someone completely different, just as he frequently names others incorrectly. In the end it helps him carry on his double life for much longer than he otherwise could have."
  • Kelly Gonzalez
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "American Psycho is a great thriller novel if thats what you're interested in. This novel was so popular that it was made into a movie and had great success."
  • Mary Fowler
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Great book! Very gripping storyline and insight into how a serial killer thinks. This will give you shivers as you discover the world of serial killer, Patrick Batemann."
  • Danielle Guerrero
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I'm looking for some of the scariest books ever written to give my friend for his birthday. He loves scary books, and I really don't, so I didn't know what was good. American Psycho definitely seems to be a well loved scary book, and it definitely looks really scary. I am going to seriously consider purchasing this one."
  • Katherine Guzman
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "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."
  • Beverly Wong
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This book tackles the drug issues from the 1980's with candor and depth. While the book can be at times shocking and uncomfortable, the subject matter of insanity and psychosis is engaging. "
  • Howard Tran
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This book is unlike anything I've read before or since. It frames the culmination of America's excessive lifestyle at a time when it was perhaps at its peak, New York City in the 1980's. The story is about a psychotic yuppie Wall Street banker who represents the toxic competitiveness of capitalism during this time and how he copes with existence in this fast paced life. Definitely not for the faint of heart. "
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