A careful, controlled, and shocking novel, American Psycho by Brenton Easton Ellis remains one of the most controversial and important pieces of modern literature. It's release in the early 90's was met with protests by women's rights groups and numerous family, church, and concerned psychological institutions due to it's extraordinarily brutal and graphic accounts of violence and torture carried out by it's protagonist and narrator, Patrick Bateman. With the majority of these groups campaigning against
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changed over the decade of the 1980's, where greed became a religion and wealth was the peoples new communion.
*It would be irresponsible to recommend this book without a strong warning in relation to its violent scenes. The novel has been claimed as one of the most violent, if not the most violent piece of literature ever published, and some may be deeply disturbed and shocked by the nature of the acts that occur within.