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American Psycho

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With an introduction by Irvine WelshA cult classic, adapted into a 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 . . . Bret Easton Ellis's 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 26mm | 341g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • PICADOR
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1447277708
  • 9781447277705
  • 8,507

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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 * 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 * Vanity Fair * Our killer nonchalantly takes his blood-splattered clothes to the dry cleaners and gives them attitude when they complain about the stains . . . You'd think at least one of these witnesses would get suspicious or complain, but they don't -- Bob Mack * Spin *show more

About Bret Easton Ellis

Bret Easton Ellis is the author of multiple novels including Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, American Psycho, Glamorama, Lunar Park and Imperial Bedrooms, which was a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller, and a collection of stories, The Informers. His work has been translated into twenty-seven languages and several have been made into films. He lives in Los Angeles.show more

Review Text

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 Postshow more

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179,184 ratings
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