Set in the boom and bust 1980's, the book centres around 26 year old Wall Street businessman Patrick Bateman and his dark psychotic journey of mental unstability as he tries to solve the conflict between his need to fit in and his battle against anonymity.
The novel features some exceptionally graphic violence, often of a sexual nature, and leaves the reader unsure of whether the violence is only in Bateman's head or is in fact happening.
An excellent book and movie but one that should maybe be avoided on first dates....unless you want your date to know you plan to smash their head in with a well polished axe.
The book was made into a Holywood film in 2000 and starred Christian Bale.
"Then, turning her over again, her body weak with fear, I cut all the flesh off around her mouth and using the power drill with a detachable, massive head I widen that hole while she shakes, protesting, and once I'm satisfied with the size of the hole I've created, her mouth open as wide as possible, a reddish black tunnel of twisted tongue and loosened teeth, I force my hand down, deep in her throat, until it dissappears up to my wrist"
American Psycho makes for excellent childrens bed time reading!
Often mistaken as a black drama. Anyone who doesn't understand the humor or thinks the movie/book is a drama is a dumbass. It's freaking hilarious.
Go to imdb and read all of its quotes, or go on youtube and watch Patrick Bateman kill Paul Allen (aka Jared Leto) while dancing to Huey Lewis. You have not lived until you've seen it.
Patrick Bateman: Do you like Huey Lewis and the news?
Paul Allen: They're OK.
Patrick Bateman: Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83, I think they really came into their own, commercial and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far much more bitter, cynical sense of humour.
Paul Allen: Hey Halberstram.
Patrick Bateman: Yes, Allen?
Paul Allen: Why are their copies of the style section all over the place, d-do you have a dog? A little chow or something?
Patrick Bateman: No, Allen.
Paul Allen: Is that a rain coat?
Patrick Bateman: Yes it is! In '87, Huey released this, Fore, their most accomplished album. I think their undisputed masterpiece is "Hip to be Square", a song so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it's not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it's also a personal statement about the band itself.
raises axe above head
Patrick Bateman: Hey Paul!
he bashes Allen in the head with the axe, and blood splatters over him
Patrick Bateman: TRY GETTING A RESERVATION AT DORSIA NOW YOU FUCKING STUPID BASTARD! YOU, FUCKING BASTARD