American Psycho

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Pan Macmillan, Dec 15, 2014 - Fiction - 400 pages
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A cult classic, adapted into a 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 . . .

With an introduction by Irvine Welsh, Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho is one of the most controversial and talked-about novels of all time. A multi-million-copy bestseller hailed as a modern classic, it is a violent black comedy about the darkest side of human nature.

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One of the few movies I've ever seen that may in fact be better than the book. Bale does a superb job as the alienated Patrick Bateman, though I did think DaFoe as the private detective and Reese ... Read full review

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So I tried, I really tried, picking it up at monthly intervals, putting it down, tries the audiobook, remembered I’d quite liked the film. I also get that it is clever commentary and usually I can cope with toxic masculinity in my fiction. But honestly, life is too short for me to read “American Psycho” by Bret Easton Ellis. I can’t get through it. I give up. And read “Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine” by Gail Honeyman instead.  

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About the author (2014)

Bret Easton Ellis is the author of several novels, including Imperial Bedrooms, Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, American Psycho, Glamorama and Lunar Park, and a collection of stories, The Informers. Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, American Psycho and The Informers have all been made into films. His first work of non-fiction, White, was published in 2019. He is the host of the Bret Easton Ellis Podcast available on Patreon. He lives in Los Angeles.