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American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  

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Bret Easton Ellis’ masterpiece is without doubt a modern classic, a story of corruption, greed and depravity focused on Patrick Bateman, an 80’s Wall Street yuppie. Not to be read by the faint hearted, what starts as a satire on consumerism, money and power turns in to an at times deeply disturbing horror as Bateman becomes unhinged and starts on a killing spree, even though, as it gets darker and darker, it never loses its humour – as Patrick desperately tries to confess to colleagues they hear ‘mergers and acquisitions’ instead of ‘murders and executions’. A truly brilliant book.

If you like Bret Easton Ellis you might also like to read books by Chuck Palahniuk, Will Self and Douglas Coupland.

Synopsis

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

With an introduction by Irvine Welsh A cult classic, adapted into an award-winning 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 ...American Psycho is one of the most controversial and talked-about novels of all time. A multimillion-copy bestseller hailed as a modern classic, it is a violent black comedy about the darkest side of human nature.

Reviews

'American Psycho is a beautifully controlled, careful, important novel ... The novelist's function is to keep a running tag on the progress of the culture; and he's done it brilliantly ... A seminal book' -- Fay Weldon Washington Post

'Serious, clever and shatteringly effective' Sunday Times

'For its savagely coherent picture of a society lethally addicted to blandness, it should be judged by the highest standards' -- John Walsh Sunday Times

'That the book's contents are shocking is downright undeniable, but just as Bonfire of the Vanities exposed the corruption and greed engendered in eighties politics and high living, American Psycho examines the mindless preoccupations of the nineties preppy generation' Time Out

About the Author

Bret Easton Ellis

Bret Easton Ellis is the author of four previous novels and a collection of stories, which have been translated into twenty-seven languages. He divides his time between Los Angeles and New York City.

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Publication date

1st January 2015

Author

Bret Easton Ellis

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Publisher

Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
416 pages
Interest Age: From 18 years

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781447277705

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