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American Psycho

With an introduction by Irvine Welsh

Bret Easton Ellis

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Beschreibung

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.

'A seminal book'
Fay Weldon, Washington Post

'Serious, clever and shatteringly effective . . . For its savagely coherent picture of a society lethally addicted to blandness, it should be judged by the highest standards'
Sunday Times

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

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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 416
Altersempfehlung 18 - 99 Jahr(e)
Erscheinungsdatum 01.01.2015
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-4472-7770-5
Reihe Picador Classics
Verlag Pan Macmillan
Maße (L/B/H) 19,5/12,8/3,5 cm
Gewicht 343 g
Verkaufsrang 5337

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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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American Psycho
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 22.01.2020

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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