‘American Psycho’ by Bret Easton Ellis – Book Review

Overview

Patrick Bateman is twenty-six and he works on Wall Street, he is handsome, sophisticated, charming and intelligent. He is also a psychopath. Taking us to head-on collision with America’s greatest dream—and its worst nightmare—American Psycho is bleak, bitter, black comedy about a world we all recognise but do not wish to confront.

Review

In ‘American Psycho’ by Bret Easton Ellis, Ellis perfects the challenge of capturing the identity of a psychotic Wall Street yuppy, and he does it all too well. Patrick Bateman, the main character, is intellectual and supremely withdrawn into the darkness he harnesses; escaping it is no option. While the novel exhibits grotesque, explicit scenes of Bateman torturing and murdering his victims, some would find that Ellis had no purpose writing this other than to be a disturbance to the human race.

Ellis writes fearlessly and mercilessly, shaking the world with this controversial narrative which is to hyperbolize the consequences of capitalism and how money is the root of all evil. It is simply a timeless classic, one that is so horrifyingly extravagant it will be impossible to rip your eyes from the page.

Rating: ★★★★★

Genre:

Horror fiction: fiction in any medium intended to scare, unsettle, or horrify the audience. Historically, the cause of the “horror” experience has often been the intrusion of a supernatural element into everyday human experience.

Transgressive fiction: (genre of literature which focuses on characters who feel confined by the norms and expectations of society and who break free of those confines in unusual or illicit ways.

Postmodern literature: form of literature which is marked, both stylistically and ideologically, by a reliance on such literary conventions as fragmentation, paradox, unreliable narrators, often unrealistic and downright impossible plots, games, parody, paranoia, dark humor and authorial self-reference.

Black comedy: dark comedy or gallows humor, is a comic style that makes light of subject matter that is generally considered taboo, particularly subjects that are normally considered serious or painful to discuss.

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