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While the film adaptation of American Psycho is considered to be provocative and challenging, it is nothing compared to the Bret Easton Ellis novel.
Sections become so graphic and detailed that many find it difficult to complete, and I’ll admit there were times I questioned whether I could continue.
Descriptions of murder, torture, rape and dismemberment are discussed in the first person view without emotional attachment by a character, Patrick Bateman, who acknowledges his separation to the average human.
Those familiar with Ellis know that he doesn’t hold back, filling his pages with blood and death.
Why place it in a classics section, you ask? Because the book examines a demented mind like no other.
Set in upper-class America where fine dining, expensive suits and drugs take control, the story follows the rich and successful Patrick Bateman through the two sides of his life: the intelligent gym junkie and the unpredictable torturer.
I would love to put a passage on here to demonstrate the harsh tone, but I feel it may offend.
Bateman takes pride in slaughtering women during sex and punishing the homeless with taunts and death.
It is little wonder that many countries still ban this book, as previously in Australia you had to be eighteen to purchase it and it came in plastic wrapping.
I love controversy, challenge and characters of the craziest nature, but even Mr. Bateman tested my boundaries.