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American Psycho

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Sean McDermott

on 12 February 2013

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AMERICAN PSYCHO BRET EASTON ELLIS Summary: American Psycho is the story of Patrick Bateman, a young and rich Wallstreet executive. The book goes through his daily routines, narrates dinners with his friends, and provides graphic details of his murders. He begins to struggle to cope with reality, and becomes so delusional that his friends don't believe him when he attempts to confess to his crimes. It leads one to wonder whether Bateman is a psychotic killer, or just a psycho with sick fantasies. American Psycho certainly offers little in the way of comforting explanations to its readers. However, this does not mean that clues are not present within its narrative that have more than a coincidental relationship to many of the tenets of classical naturalism. The novel begins with a religious epithet ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO ENTER HERE "scrawled in blood red lettering on the side of the Chemical Bank near the corner of Eleventh and First" (3) and concludes with the letters above a club doorway (more than coincidentally "covered by red velvet drapes") THIS IS NOT AN EXIT (399).14 This may not be merely a novelist's postmodernist rejection of past literary and moral certainties, but more an implicit understanding of the associations Patrick Bateman's world has with previous definitions of Hell. Bateman's Wall Street environment is now Dante's definition of hell for a late twentieth-century Dostoyevskian "underground man" who is not only trapped in a hell of his own making, but denied the opportunity for confession and redemption that Raskolnikov has in Crime and Punishment (1866). Although it appears hard to believe, Patrick does suffer some remorse as Steven Schneider has superbly demonstrated. But no one will listen to any confession from this yuppie version of an underground man. American Psycho; A Late Twentieth-Century Naturalist Text

-Tony Williams SO SHOULD THIS BOOK BE BANNED? YES And here's why... And is it reasonable for it to be challenged as much as it is? This book contains graphic violence and sexual content that may be disturbing to many readers. This book has numerous accounts of being "sexist," for many of the main victims are women. Detailed descriptions of sexual interactions Harsh, sexist, racist, and generally offensive language and subject matter "Australian OFLC decisions can be reviewed and reversed – as when Pasolini’s final film Salo (1975), which was banned in Australia from the time of its release in 1975 until it was un-banned in 1993, was then banned again in 1998 – however, American Psycho’s initial classification has remained unchanged. In July 2006, I purchased a new paperback copy in rural New South Wales. It was shrink-wrapped in plastic and labelled: ‘R. Category One. Not available to persons under 18 years. Restricted’. While exact sales figures are difficult to ascertain, by working with U.S.A., U.K. and Australian figures, this copy was, I estimate, one of some 1.5 to 1.6 million sold since publication. In the U.S.A., backlist sales remain very strong, with some 22,000 copies sold annually (Holt and Abbott), while lifetime sales in the U.K. are just under 720,000 over five paperback editions. Sales in Australia are currently estimated by Pan MacMillan to total some 100,000, with a new printing of 5,000 copies recently ordered in Australia on the strength of the book being featured on the inaugural Australian Broadcasting Commission’s First Tuesday Book Club national television program (2006)." The Real Filth in American Psycho
-Donna Lee Brien SO SHOULD YOU GO READ THIS BOOK? Please don't. It's not worth the time. The violent killing paired with the boring passages about vanity and hair products leads to a pointless story. There is not much to take from this book, unless you invent your own morals to believe. It's cruel, heartless, and a waste of time. Hey guys, please don't read this.
-Christian American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis Project by Sean McDermott
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