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.
This report prepared by NIck Matthews
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.
This report prepared by David Loftus