THURSDAY QUOTABLES is a weekly book meme hosted by the lovely Book Shelf Fantasies
This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line or passage discovered during your reading each week. Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just beautifully written, THURSDAY QUOTABLES is where my favourite lines of the week will be…and you’re invited to join in.
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AMERICAN PSYCHO BY BRET EASTON ELLIS (MARCH 1991, RANDOM HOUSE)
“I had all the characteristics of a human being—flesh, blood, skin, hair—but my depersonalization was so intense, had gone so deep, that my normal ability to feel compassion had been eradicated, the victim of a slow, purposeful erasure. I was simply imitating reality, a rough resemblance of a human being, with only a dim corner of my mind functioning”
I’m having a pretty grim week with a combination of work and home stresses – so I thought it a great idea to have a quote from probably one of the grimmest books I have ever read.
In most large bookstores in Australia, this book is sold wrapped in plastic and has a rather large age restriction sticker on it (18+). This grabbed my attention straight away. What can be that bad in this book that it warrants proof of age to purchase it?
After reading the first few chapters – I then started to realise WHY! Forget the movie with Christian Bale, that film is Disney compared to the book. The graphic detail which Bateman ‘kills’ his victims is stuff that nightmares are made of!
AMERICAN PSYCHO has set a rather high expectation for me as a reader now as I search for the next book that is going to give me same nauseous feeling (in a good way!) this book did! THE CROW GIRL by Erik Axl Sund came pretty close….but not close enough!
Until next week, keep reading on!