From the beginning of the novel the reader is introduced to an almost mind numbing amount of details of Bateman's social life, wardrobe, cosmetic products, etc. The reader is almost frustrated with the overabundance of details. Why is it important to know what kind of hair gel Bateman used on Tuesday before an important meeting with his friends? What's the point of numerous chapters of extreme analysis of Genesis, Whitney Houston, etc? Bateman's obsessions are extremely complex but at the same time he doesn't limit himself to one area of obsession. Bateman's knowledge of fashion is truly amazing, but what about his knowledge of weapons. His knowledge of pain is a true genius in itself, but how many people can spit out specifications on the frequency responses of various brands of stereo receivers and speaker systems like Bateman?
The point can be made that Bateman is simply trying to be better than everyone else, have more stuff, look better, and out do his rival workers, but that's too simple. Bateman is obsessed... [continues]
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