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American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
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Jul 02, 2012

really liked it

I re-read American Psycho recently, in the hope that it still seemed like a good book. It didn't disappoint. Very often on revisiting a book like this you find it's the style that remains standing; the gore fades, good prose does not. If it's a quiet bedtime read you're after, let me recommend American Psycho to you as a stream of consciousness novel, presented in a standard format by a misogynistic, homicidal psychopath with a predilection for nail guns (and not just because he enjoys a spot of DIY at weekends).

Bret Easton Ellis' book was judged so scandalous at the time of publication (1991) that the original publisher let it go. Like other censored works it became a great success, which the author was eventually able to come out of hiding from and enjoy. Nowadays academics are using it for teaching purposes. Go figure. It's almost like the people in charge of publishing houses don't always know what they're doing. (more... http://bit.ly/1a1fGqY )
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July 2, 2012 – Shelved
August 31, 2013 – Started Reading
September 1, 2013 – Finished Reading

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