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Lost Girls Hardcover – July 28, 2009
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Moore proves here that it is possible to write high-brow porn. The problem is Moore himself. I enjoy his work, but he does have a tendency to get a bit dull. Dull and boring is exactly how I would describe Lost Girls. There's nothing very titillating about it. The sex itself isn't very imaginative and the whole story just lacks life. I would not be surprised if Moore was inspired by Victorian pornography since there's only a little raunchiness to be had and a lot of stuffy writing. Perhaps in the 1910s when this book is set, Lost Girls would have been considered much more titillating, but today, it fails to impress on that level. Pornography and erotica doesn't work unless there's some kind of life in it, some way to draw the reader into the debauchery taking place on the page. Moore is just not the person to write this kind of story because no matter how he tries, he writes in a very distant, self-conscious, intellectual way that is not a good fit for the genre.
As for the actual plot, which could have been Lost Girls's saving grace, there really wasn't much of one. Not a whole lot goes on beyond base sex. The story is supposed to be about sexual awakening and liberation, but it's weak and easily overshadowed by the copious amounts of boring sex going on. It's also somewhat disturbing. I know, I should have a stronger stomach for the destruction of favorite childhood stories as well as for all the pedophilia and incest. But combined with the cold writing and lifeless sex, there's no getting drawn into Moore's world. There's only sitting just outside of it being really disturbed at what you see going on.Read more ›
We have heard much about how controversial Alan Moore's Lost Girl was and still is: forbidden in some countries, withheld by custom officers in others, we could easily dismiss it as a polemic work and thus leave it forever imprisoned into whatever mental drawer we put our taboos and scandalous items. Nonetheless, it would be a gross error to do so. Moore's work is highly literary and profoundly intellectual, it has nothing to envy to "serious" novels or academic authors. Using well-established literary creations such as Alice (from Wonderland), Dorothy (from the land of Oz) and Wendy (from Neverland), this long-bearded British man has, once again, made an innovation in the 9th art that perhaps will go unnoticed by some.
Let's make a quick review, chapter by chapter, of what exactly are those innovations, and why is it that Moore has put so much thought into each and every one of these lavishly illustrated pages.
Everyone familiar with bedtime stories knows about mirrors. A Mirror is a magic and powerful thing. But then again, in real life, mirrors are that which help us define ourselves, at least according to psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. In Lacanian theory, the mirror stage starts when the child is between six and twelve months old: unable to walk properly, to talk fluently, unable even to control sphincters and thus bodily emissions; the child, indeed, is a clumsy, messy, unfinished creature, not at all like the adults he sees constantly.Read more ›
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This book is probably one of the most provocative things I've ever read! Alan Moore has such a mastery of the form, the way the images betray the words, the words betray the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Adam
This was a delightful book colorful detailed drawings lots of sex lesbianism and even a few gay scenes my only problem was the set up all the women were too old not girls like in... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Davey houston
Great, fun, interesting book. Parents; do not buy this for your kids.Published 16 months ago by BRETT
I wish to warn potential readers that Alan Moore’s Lost Girls advocates the sexual abuse of children. I am not a prude. Read morePublished 17 months ago by The Cat-Tribe
This is an amazing book definitely worth the read great art, and story. However I read it in 3 days, and I payed $30 for it. This seemed like a lot for such a short book. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Felicia Messer
I am going to say Lost Girls was an oddly wonderful graphic novel. For those who want to call it porn, go right ahead. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Morgan Floyd