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Closer: A Novel (Cooper, Dennis) Paperback – January 18, 1994
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i read this one right after _Frisk_ and liked it a lot better. i could identify more with the George character, than i could with anyone in the other book. the portrait of the kid who gets exploited by everyone around him in different ways is just amazing. i couldn't sleep the night i read it. it's one of those books that makes you sad and contemplative. if you want to do that, definitely pick it up. if not, it might not be a good idea.
This book is pretty much standard for Cooper, not to say it is bad. It is always fascinating to read about the sorts of things people think about but never admit to. Or the things which ahppen in life no one wants to talk about. Specifically very dirty sex and murder. And this book will cover all of that.
It's rather hard to explain the plot since I don't think there is one in any normal sense. Dennis Cooper ust isn't that kind of writer. Instead, we have vignettes all orbiting around one character, George Miles, a teenager sort of confused by and removed from the world. This quality he has allows numerous tortures to be enacted upon him and he takes it, not really seeming to feel any deeper sort of pleasure. A character it is easy to project upon by the other characters.
It's been a few months since I've read this, but it still seems fresh in my head. This is the sort of stuff which will seriously affect you, but some will find it too shocking and repulsive for their taste.
Dennis Cooper manages to infuse hope, love and compassion in with the loss, cruelty and sex. Making this a really brilliant work.
If you have a heart, read this book!
I think a lot of readers get it wrong when they say that Cooper's work is sado-homo-erotic. It's too human and emotional for such a narrow definition.
Dennis Cooper and his works are a perfect example of why I love to be a reader and wish I was a more eloquent reviewer.
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Closer: A Novel (Cooper, Dennis) is pornography in my opinion. I like some pornography but this was scatalogical. Over the top for me without redeeming features in the story.Published 28 days ago by Sigmund Freud
If you know what you're getting into, this book won't disappoint. But it definitely isn't for everyone.Published 15 months ago by Alex Harry Stone
While I know disembowelment, evisceration, torture and excrement are all the rage in the gay studies departments of our ivy league schools, this is just poor writing. Read morePublished on October 27, 2011 by Kurt Steele
Few contemporary authors possess such zeal in examining the lives of tortured gay teenagers. Cooper is a lustful writer, a stylist virtuoso whose stories at once sicken and... Read morePublished on April 29, 2010 by Kevin F. Tasker
I always promise myself that Dennis Cooper will not be able to shock me again; yet, he somehow manages to do so. Read morePublished on October 11, 2009 by Buddy