American Psycho

A novel

Bret Easton Ellis

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Beschreibung

“Bret Easton Ellis is a very, very good writer [and]
American Psycho is a beautifully controlled, careful, important novel…. The novelist’s function is to keep a running tag on the progress of culture; and he’s done it brilliantly…. A seminal book.” —Fay Weldon,
The Washington Post

 

“A masterful satire and a ferocious, hilarious, ambitious, inspiring piece of writing, which has large elements of Jane Austen at her vitriolic best. An important book.” —Katherine Dunn

 

“A great novel. What Emerson said about genius, that it’s the return of one’s rejected thoughts with an alienated majesty, holds true for
American Psycho…. There is a fever to the life of this book that is, in my reading, unknown in American literature.” —Michael Tolkin

 

“The first novel to come along in years that takes on deep and Dostoyevskian themes…. [Ellis] is showing older authors where the hands come to on the clock.” —Norman Mailer,
Vanity Fair

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

"A masterful satire and a ferocious, hilarious, ambitious, inspiring piece of writing, which has large elements of Jane Austen at her vitriolic best. An important book." -Katherine Dunn

"A great novel. What Emerson said about genius, that it's the return of one's rejected thoughts with an alienated majesty, holds true for American Psycho.... There is a fever to the life of this book that is, in my reading, unknown in American literature." -Michael Tolkin

"The first novel to come along in years that takes on deep and Dostoyevskian themes.... [Ellis] is showing older authors where the hands come to on the clock." -Norman Mailer, Vanity Fair

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Produktdetails

Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 416
Erscheinungsdatum 01.09.2006
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-307-27863-0
Verlag Random House LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 17,2/10,3/2,7 cm
Gewicht 203 g
Verkaufsrang 2160

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Patrick Bateman is a successfull business man in a prospering company central New York. He's clothed in designer wardrobe from head to toe and is not the least shy to say so that even his underwear cost 60$ a piece. He's a hunter: During the day he competes with his colleagues for the most prestige clients, who's got the most elegants business cards and who has the biggest knowledge about proper attire and labels, in the evening he's in search for the best hardbody model-like companion for dinner in the best and hottest restaurants in the city. No dinner cost under 400$. He attends the hippest clubs with his colleagues and enjoy some lines of cocaine, typical evening routine for Bateman. During the night his greatest hunts occure, he's living his fantasies about killing homeless people and torturing prostitutes and escorts before murdering them. It's the story of a most peculiar and odd American Dream where men only differ in the labels they wear and otherwise try to be are so much alike, nearly equal that they wish to outstand and be something singular in a most strange way. Reading American Psycho was a very controversial task for me. On the one hand it was interesting to discover the nature of this character Bateman, on the other hand it was a bit of a pain in the ass to read for pages and pages to go on about his morning routine in the shower about how many different washes, gels, creams and other beauty products he uses or reading about a debate what to properly wear to a lunch business meating but I guess it's a neccessity in order to create the picture of a character so occupied with things that secretly bore him so much to death that he developed killing fantasies of the most perverse kind. Actually Bateman as a character is not that important, the name could be randomized with all his other office colleagues since they don't differ so much from each other. Reading about his torturing methods is not for the soft-hearted people, because other than just following whats current at the moment in fashion, beauty, nightlife he's very creative when it comes to dismember bodies.

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"I have to return some videotapes"
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 01.04.2021
Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch

This novel is a masterpiece. The author Bret Easton Ellis perfectly conveys the issue of a materialistic and egocentric society. Although this novel was written several decades ago, the topic dealt with remains up to date. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in great literature and the current state of s... This novel is a masterpiece. The author Bret Easton Ellis perfectly conveys the issue of a materialistic and egocentric society. Although this novel was written several decades ago, the topic dealt with remains up to date. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in great literature and the current state of society.

American Psycho
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 22.01.2020
Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch

American Psycho ist mitunter das widersprüchlichste Buch, das ich je gelesen habe. Der derart geniale Schreibstil von Ellis, macht es dem Leser zwar schwer das Buch aus der Hand zu legen, aber war es stellenweise noch schwerer nicht einfach aufzuhören. Die Oberflächlichkeit und gesamte Persönlichkeit des Protagonisten Patric... American Psycho ist mitunter das widersprüchlichste Buch, das ich je gelesen habe. Der derart geniale Schreibstil von Ellis, macht es dem Leser zwar schwer das Buch aus der Hand zu legen, aber war es stellenweise noch schwerer nicht einfach aufzuhören. Die Oberflächlichkeit und gesamte Persönlichkeit des Protagonisten Patrick Bateman, ist absolut erschreckend, abstoßend, sowie einschüchternd, spiegelt aber zu einem großen Teil unsere Gesellschaft wider. Seitenlange Beschreibungen über die Pflegeroutine, Kleidungsauswahl, perfekte Visitenkarte, etc schienen oft sehr langatmig und anstregend. Das Buch ist absolut oberflächlich, stellenweise grausam, aber genau das wollte der Autor scheinbar damit erreichen. Uns vor Augen führen, dass wir vielleicht gar nicht so individuell sind, wie wir es selbst glauben.


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