My favorite book. What do you think?
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You do realize that the book is about the dehumanizing, depraved mania of greed in 80s corporate culture, right?Kane said:I don't know if it needs to be there or not. Maybe... It's not just that Bateman absolutely CANNOT see ANYBODY without describing the color, style, brand and sometimes price of each piece of clothing, but a good 25% of the dialogue is the different characters sitting around, drinking expensive wine, eating expensive food, and talking about clothes, and when it's fashionable to wear them. And almost nobody knows who anybody is in this book. Everyone calls everyone else by the wrong name... Are these Wall Street socialites really like that? If so, I'm glad I'm just an average Joe. The sex scenes belong in a porno magazine. When you remove all of this, the book is left with very little substance.
Up until the point when you spelled "misogyny," "necessary,"Neo said:The morally nihilistic tone of the novel complements it's bleakness and as a whole, as a detached narrative on consumerism, vanity and greed, uses it's implicit mysoginy and graphic violence and sex is an appropriate and necassary manner.
Now did THAT sound all professional or what!
Jolly McJollyson said:You do realize that the book is about the dehumanizing, depraved mania of greed in 80s corporate culture, right?
If so, you should understand the importance of those passages in shaping the idea of the cultural mentality. Sure, if you remove the MAIN POINT of any book, it'll be left with very little substance.
That said, I'm not that big a fan of minimalism, and Palahniuk is far from the cream of the crop in that genre.