|Plot Summary of American Psycho|
|"Ellis's savage satire on the Me Decade mentality features a young, handsome, and wealthy Wall Street operator who tortures and murders women for the hell of it. Patrick Bateman obsesses about restaurants, suits, business cards and wristwatches as well as filming his grisly exploits and festooning NY apartments with body parts. Interspersed with Bateman's accounts of his serial murders are straight-faced essays about such "great artists" as Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, and Huey Lewis. A fascinating but very cold piece of storytelling."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|"Patrick Bateman is wallstreet stock trader with issues. In a mutually loveless relationship and surrounded by phony friends who care as little about him as he cares about them, Bateman believes that life is pointless because he can do whatever he wants with no consequences. All the characters in Ellis' book only concern themselves with clothes, status, work, drugs and sex and they all remain hollow in any descriptions given. Gradually, minor acts of violence and sex fail to arouse Bateman so his habits turn increasingly severe.
American Psycho is a critique of the 1980's yuppie lifestyle which he lived through. This book is not for those with a weak stomach or those who are impatient as much of the text is spent of describing superficial aspects of the characters and the surroundings such as clothes, hair styles, interior decors, etc. "
NIck Matthews, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of American Psycho|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Kind of romance:
- boatload of casual sex without love
- nature of existence (heavy philosophy)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Main char. serviced by prostitute?
- business executive
- White (American)
- Mentally ill
- Extremely cynical or arrogant
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 2 ()
- New York
- rude people
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
- descript of kissing
- touching of anatomy
- actual description of hetero sex
- Boob talk!
- Vagia talk!
- Weiner talk!
Lot of foul language?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
- little dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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