American Psycho : Picador Classic, Paperback

American Psycho : Picador Classic Paperback

Part of the Picador classics series

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


With an introduction by Irvine Welsh A cult classic, adapted into an award-winning film starring Christian Bale.

Is evil something you are? Or is it something you do? Patrick Bateman has it all: good looks, youth, charm, a job on Wall Street, reservations at every new restaurant in town and a line of girls around the block.

He is also a psychopath. A man addicted to his superficial, perfect life, he pulls us into a dark underworld where the American Dream becomes a nightmare ...Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho is one of the most controversial and talked-about novels of all time.

A multimillion-copy bestseller hailed as a modern classic, it is a violent black comedy about the darkest side of human nature.




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While I appreciated the skill of the writing, definitely not my favourite book. A bleakly dark satire with explicit torture makes for a deliberately uncomfortable read. But why the bad reviews? Given the content of many thrillers, it can’t be as simple as: ‘Duh! Women getting tortured and killed.’ I supose it’s the first person narrative. Or the lack of any of the usual justifications for the horrific violence. There’s no pathologist ‘speaking’ for the mutilated dead. Patrick Batemen isn’t using his warped nature to right judicial wrongs. But unless we’re holding literary fiction to different standards to popular culture, it’s hard to agree that this book just shouldn’t exist, as I have actually heard argued.

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