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I'm a third through the Brett Ellis American Psyco and I'm at the stage where i can take it or leave it,should i persevere? Mr Bateman's character is loathsome and as the book developes you can see him having no patience with any of his associates.I'm no prude but i'm finding his sexuall fantasies disturbing,well....am i a prude?
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You should finish every book you start- a clear case as do as I say not as I do, but never mind.

The whole capitalism/cannibalism metaphor's very repetitive but very effective nonetheless. I suppose if this hasn't hooked you, yet you might get a bit bored with the rest of the book.

Whatever you do, watch the film. The central actor is fantastic in it.

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Hang in there, kid. Watch Bateman unwind. And enjoy his monographs on music artists every few chapters.
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I've not read the book, but the film is superb and Christian Bale is excellent.

"I want to stab you to death and play around with your blood"

Excellent.

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i didn't like the book. found it boring and contrived. maybe onerous descriptions of people's decadent designer socks were hip in the 80s but now a lot of the book just seems very dated.

except, as SMH points out, the stuff about whitney houston et al. ellis is good at these 10 page performances, not so good over the 400 pages of a novel.

his recent 'glamorama' was dire. not that i actually read it or anything.

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I started reading it once, but stopped in disgust. When the book came up for discussion, I would denounce it, only to be told that I didn't know what I was talking about if I hadn't read the whole thing. So I did.

It made me physically ill on a number of occasions. There are precisely two jokes (satire on capitalism & narcissism, enthusiastic exegesis of Huey Lewis & The News et al.) which are repeated quite literally ad nauseam amongst some of the most repulsive and reprehensible crap I have ever had the misfortune to read. And I've read de Sade.

The book has no more than two redeeming features, neither of which is worth more than half a page. Don't just stop reading that book; burn it. You'll feel a lot better. (Alas, my copy was borrowed)

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sensitive soul, isn't he?
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Genesis, they were some band though were'nt they?
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I've never read it, but I've just finished reading Hubert Selby Jr's The Demon, which seems to cover the same ground but written a decade before American Psycho.

I was quite dissapointed by, The Demon, not what I expected after reading Last Exit to Brooklyn last month. It doesn't have the same impact of the unveiling the depravity of humanity in the big city, although it tries hard to. But main protagonist in The Demon is a high flying coporate executive with a mysoginistic obsession with sex and a masochistic and selfish desire to destroy himself at the expense of others whilst trying hard to maintain the respectable veneer of normality. Isn't that exactly what American Psycho is sort of about?

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Indeed it is,bet they don't brag about wearing 50 Dollar boxer shorts though.
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Indeed it is,bet they don't brag about wearing 50 Dollar boxer shorts though.
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Yeah, I bought 'The Demon' in a second hand bookshop ages ago, because I thought 'Last Exit To Brooklyn' was such a fantastic book. I liked it a lot.

I haven't actually got round to picking up 'The Demon' yet though. I think that might be because great as it is 'Last Exit To Brooklyn' is a really troubling and angry book.

Some of the writing in it is stunning though, no actually come to think of it, pretty much all of the writing in it is stunning.

'Song Of The Silent Snow' is a fantastic title for a book too, haven't read that one either though.

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It's sad to admit Matt, but my main problem with The Demon is that I didn't find it unsettling enough. I was sort of eager for my next fix of depravity, a "Last Exit to Brooklyn 2", but the pace is far slower and it's about an upper middle class couple so he's not letting loose with language or structure.

Last Exit to Brooklyn is phenomenal though, isn't it? The opening story is just one of the most amazing pieces of writing, one long sentence just putting you right in the middle of a terrible act of violence. It's impossible to read without being totally confused yet you never lose track of what is going on.

He's got weird ways with grammar and spelling as well, I thought that it would be confined only to LETB, but in The Demon he keeps on spelling "Christ" with a K and he never uses apostrophes, he replaces the with a forward slash, i.e. "it/s". I've searched the internet to try and read a bit more about his style of writing but there's hardly anything written about him on the web.

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quote:
I was sort of eager for my next fix of depravity
Are Millwall at home on Saturday?
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"The opening story is just one of the most amazing pieces of writing, one long sentence just putting you right in the middle of a terrible act of violence".

Oh yeah, you've just reminded me now. That's the one about the lads from the all-night bar having a fight with some marines. Yeah, amazing is about right, it's the most kinetic piece of writing i've ever read.

It's also got a fantastic, fantastic opening too hasn't it, you're just straight in to the action aren't you?

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