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Angie | 2577 comments Mod
Discuss American Psycho here. Please mark all spoilers.


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Mark (marke_) | 98 comments Pretty sure I’m in on this one, just have to snag a copy.


Kandice | 4086 comments This book is so well written and so unexpected. I haven't read it in years, but it seems it may be even more relevant today than when it was written. I need to dig out my copy.


kims_book_korner (passion4books79) I’ve never read it before. Looking forward to diving into it!


kims_book_korner (passion4books79) I’ve read about 1% of this one via my kindle app. At present I’m not enjoying the writing style. It’s hard to differentiate between the dialogue and possibly his stream of conscious. Also, each sentence seems to go on for days before the thought is finished. This is my first experience with this author. I’m hoping I can stick with it and stay interested. This one is definitely going to be a challenge for my attention span! Anyone else feeling this way?


Kandice | 4086 comments Passion4Books79 wrote: "I’ve read about 1% of this one via my kindle app. At present I’m not enjoying the writing style. It’s hard to differentiate between the dialogue and possibly his stream of conscious. Also, each sen..."

I can tell you that the style in which it is written is indicative of the life this man (and in some ways, America in general) lives. I think it's a very deliberate choice and you may be happy for the distance and disconnect that style makes you feel later on.


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Patrick Kiernan | 70 comments Just started this and I'm really enjoying it


Nick Iuppa | 4051 comments I just started listening to the audiobook on my morning run and I like it very much. Of course, the writing might make the sentence structure easier to deal with, because the reader makes the punctuation work even though it might look crazy ion the page. Anyway, this is a nice change of pace from the fantasies I've been reading. I think going through this at the same time as The Eyes of the Dragon might be a little difficult. We'll see.


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Patrick Kiernan | 70 comments I was enjoying it but after about 25% into it I realized I wasn't enjoying it, so it's going on the DNF shelf


message 10: by Nick (new) - rated it 5 stars

Nick Iuppa | 4051 comments Thanks for the warning, Patrick. I'll have to see how it goes.


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Patrick Kiernan | 70 comments No problem Nick, hopefully you'll get past 25% and enjoy it


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Summer (paradisecity) | 360 comments Patrick wrote: "I was enjoying it but after about 25% into it I realized I wasn't enjoying it, so it's going on the DNF shelf"

Good on you, Patrick! I rarely DNF and I was almost through with this one, but I couldn't one more whiny, self-indulgent paragraph. BEE is welcome to masturbate all over the page and call it satire if he wants, but I finally figured out I didn't have to read it.

Although I will say the business card section was sublime. Having worked with folks like that, it's not satire so much as a documentary.


message 13: by Nick (new) - rated it 5 stars

Nick Iuppa | 4051 comments Patrick wrote: "No problem Nick, hopefully you'll get past 25% and enjoy it"

I'm hoping right now that boredom is being used to make a point. Hopefully.


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I like how it is written. he is that egotistical guy that wants to show off his materialistic qualities to the world, to show that he is happier and better than us, and he is even trying to impress the reader with his quality of goods. why would he write so much about his routine and show off his wears to us? do we really care as the reader? I agree with Kandice that the writing is purposeful.

so far I find it relevant today, even if it is out of date.


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Nick Iuppa | 4051 comments Alex wrote: "I like how it is written. he is that egotistical guy that wants to show off his materialistic qualities to the world, to show that he is happier and better than us, and he is even trying to impress..."

I've gotten a little farther along and I agree completely Alex. The guy is showing off... though he clearly comes off as the best person in his group... at least so far.


message 16: by Nick (new) - rated it 5 stars

Nick Iuppa | 4051 comments It's starting to feel like a card trick with just a few special cards showing up every now and then.


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Nick Iuppa | 4051 comments Isabel Allende once said (writing) erotica is using a feather. Pornography is using the whole chicken. I don’t know if this book can be or should be defined as hard-core porn, but this guy is definitely using the whole chicken. It is tough to take, but I'm sticking with it, at least because I'm looking for insights into the main character's personality and the behavior of a psycho. So far I'm halfway through the book and not finding much except he has no empathy at all, he's amazingly cruel, and he really admires Donald Trump.


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those scenes were graphic. honestly, I feel like I can't believe a word he says anymore. it all feels unfathamable, but that is the perfect type of writing. maybe that is why he gets away with his actions. or he is just watching one of his porns.

I was trying to research, not successfully and not very hard, where Bret Ellis got his muse for this novel. Who is Bateman based on?


message 19: by Nick (new) - rated it 5 stars

Nick Iuppa | 4051 comments Alex wrote: "those scenes were graphic. honestly, I feel like I can't believe a word he says anymore. it all feels unfathamable, but that is the perfect type of writing. maybe that is why he gets away with his ..."

Okay, I'm only halfway through, but I'm still thinking there's a chance he is really only imagining all this. I guess that means that there is something still likable about Bateman... is that possible?


message 20: by Andre (last edited Sep 17, 2019 11:15AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Andre (andre94) | 45 comments I coincidentally happened to choose this book for my personal book club around the same time as this, go figure.

A friend of mine said about this book, "It comes across as so dull while reading, but is so fun to discuss" and I think that's appropriate.

Fun fact (but just in case there's still anyone who is unaware of what this book is about, I'll mark it as spoiler): (view spoiler)

I think what adds to the feeling of disconnect, as many have mentioned, is the way no one seems to know who anyone is. How do you trust what anyone is saying when they don't even know who is there and who they're talking to ? It definitely made me feel uncomfortable. Notice the first chapter is titled "April Fools".

On top of that, it feels like the first thing anyone seems to address when running into someone, especially of course Patrick, is what or "who" they're wearing, even before their age and other things one would normally take-in initially.


message 21: by Nick (new) - rated it 5 stars

Nick Iuppa | 4051 comments Andre wrote: "I coincidentally happened to choose this book for my personal book club around the same time as this, go figure.

A friend of mine said about this book, "It comes across as so dull while reading, b..."


I agree with all that, the long rant on Phil Collins and Genesis is deadly, even if you like Genesis. So is Patrick's friend's discourse on the Carribean - sounds like he copied it out of a travel brochure. But when Patrick corners someone, then it's hardly boring. But it is tough to take. Especially if you are listening to the audiobook, where I at least never skip ahead but find myself listening to every single bloody detail.


message 22: by Nick (new) - rated it 5 stars

Nick Iuppa | 4051 comments Okay, I finished the audiobook, then went back and re-read some of the text for clarification. and I do think - everything considered - that it is a work of art... difficult art, but necessary. I'll be putting up a blog post and a book review this afternoon. I'll post the links here. All in all, I think there's a lot of explaining to do especially about the unthinkable violence. thus the blog post. BTW: one of the keys for me was the fact that (view spoiler)


message 23: by Nick (new) - rated it 5 stars

Nick Iuppa | 4051 comments Nick wrote: "Okay, I finished the audiobook, then went back and re-read some of the text for clarification. and I do think - everything considered - that it is a work of art... difficult art, but necessary. I'l..."

So here's my blog post and review of American Psycho. The review also makes up the last half of the post. I gave it five stars and the post at least explains why.

https://nickiuppa.com/evil/

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


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