Wednesday, July 29, 2009

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

I finished American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis last month. By all accounts, this is a really good book. It is an excerpt, so to say, from Patrick Bateman's life told from his perspective. By day, he was an arrogant, egotistical Pierce & Pierce worker on Wall Street. When he described people, he described what they're wearing and who designed it. He called women 'hardbodies' and had very skewed ideas about AIDS. Pat is offensive, but he's meant to be so. This isn't a character to fall in love with. Still, I couldn't help but read about his life because after he finished work, that was where things got interesting.
Pat Bateman was the American psycho. He had episodes where he got agitated and then went out on his psychopathic frenzy. He did not discriminate. This man killed homeless men, homosexuals, perfectly healthy and successful men and women, prostitutes, children, pets, you name it. And he did it from close range and sometimes in daylight. Bret makes this story believable, no matter how strange it sounds. He wrote the way Pat would think, so you are taken into his head, wondering what he was wondering, scared when he was scared and scared when he was in his moods. The descriptions are raw and leave you shaking your head in disbelief that this man could do what he did and not get caught. Bret did all of that and still made you refuse to put that book down.
These days, criminals are getting more creative and so the atrocities that Pat did do not seem as far fetched as you would believe.
I would give rate this book 3.5/5

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