Sunday, April 28, 2013

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

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. From Goodreads.

I didn't like this book and found it extremely boring. Half the book is a description of clothes the main character and everybody else he is with are wearing. "Price is wearing a six-button wool and silk suit by Ermenegildo Zegna, a cotton shirt with French cuffs by Ike Behar, a Ralph Lauren silk tie and leather wing tips by Fratelli Rossetti." And so it continues throughout the book. There is also a detailed account of 3-4 different song artist's songs - also boring even though I actually like the singers / groups.
Yes there is also the very detailed account of the torture and murders he commits but that is just plain gory. 

This book qualifies for:
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge
Serious Readers 2013
2013 Ebook Challenge
Spring into Horror 2013
Tower Teams Read 2013-2
2013 Literary Exploration Reading Challenge
Dewey's Read-a-Thon April 2013
Let Me Count the Ways Reading Challenge 2013 (399 pages)

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