As soon as I had seen Christian Bale in the role of Patrick Bateman in the motion picture ”American Psycho”, I knew I had to read the book. And – since the film had made a long lasting impression on me, I felt a little uncomfortable when starting to read this book. After the first 50 pages I thought “Wow, this book doesn’t seem to be horrible at all!”
But man, was I wrong.
Bret Easton Ellis is describing the 80’s from the point of view of a narcissist businessman working on Wall Street at Pierce & Pierce. You get to follow Patrick Bateman through rain and sunshine, through his obsessive ramblings about Whitney Houston and Huey Lewis and the News, to his insanely detailed observations of what the people around him is wearing. What has made this book so well known is however because of the macabre, disgusting and absolutely horrific elaborated descriptions of murder, rape and violent sex. In several countries it is rated R18, in other countries censored. But why is the book so interesting?
Personally, I enjoyed it a lot. Overlooking the excerpts of cruelty, I thought the rest of the book was an interesting way of trying to understand a psychopath. Props for Bret. Yay. He has a nice vocabulary and even uses his good sense of humor throughout the book. The reason why I only rate it three out of five, is because even though Bret managed to describe the insane pattern of thinking Patrick Bateman has, it was a little too much at times. The cruel scenes was making me nauseated, the chapter(s) purely about his personal review of albums from various artists was boring – but necessary in trying to understand his personality slightly better, and the incredibly long rants about peoples’ clothes and brands was getting on my nerves.
The most depressing part of the book was the ending. I will definitely not spoil it, but I would love to discuss it with other people, if you have read it. The book and the film have quite a cliff between each other, and I feel like the film offers a pretty different point of view about the ending.
I recommend this book to people who are fans of thrillers, have watched the movie and are not faint hearted. With a good imagination, it can become pretty upsetting and personally I avoided reading it before bedtime.
This was my first post, but I hope I will bring you some more thoughts upon books I finished soon. I just scribbled this together without having it looked through, I apologize for typos, grammar mistakes and the likes. Over and out.