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The Pornographer's Poem: A Novel Paperback – May 14, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First Edition edition (May 14, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932360239
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932360233
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,302,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An unnamed narrator recounts his sexual awakening as it relates to porn movies in this odd, inventive and overwrought novel composed of recollections, interrogations, letters, lists and screenplay fragments. At 16, the narrator makes a scratchy Super-8 of his neighbors getting down with their dog and also witnesses his first real porno; after that, he enters the business himself, as a filmmaker and a performer. He and his feminist friend Nettie have a volatile relationship—they fight and make love heatedly and endure long separations. After she gets back from school in England, they start work on a new project, Rich Kid Gang Bang, which pokes fun at all the fancy folks in their Vancouver neighborhood. That's when they meet the magnetic and psychopathic Flynn—and that's when their previous pornographic escapades begin to look nice and wholesome. Dirty talk and drugs, dreams and reality all swirl around in a strange and sometimes impenetrable world, relayed to the reader by a character who prides himself on his ability to lie, even as he's being interrogated by a mysterious and threatening tribunal.
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"An exquisite and startlingly obscene novel....Turner's elegy to innocence is by far the best novel I have read this year."

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Holden on September 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
I stumbled upon Michael Turner's "The Pornographers Poem", while browsing discount book
shelves at a local book store. I purchased the book partly because of the excellent reviews on the
back cover including praise from the Globe and Mail.
I wasn't disappointed. Michael Turner's writing is very good, almost poetic. He is a master of
creating time and place, I could see the beach from his words.
I won't spoil the story by delving too deeply in the format, which is similar to an interrogation, by
an unnamed person. This however is the most effective part of the story and it makes for a most
satisfying ending.
After finishing the book, I have often thought about it and I realize that there could be many
different endings and you're never sure exactly which truths our main character has shared or withheld from his interrogator.
The book is raw and real in some parts, so it might offend the faint of heart, but those who appreciate serious, fresh writing will find this to be an excellent book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcel Daniels on April 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
When I read Michael Turner's novel The Pornographers Poem I was 21 years old. I purchased it signed by the author at a reduced price. I had dropped out of University, talked about nothing but that novel on many drives on 401 Highway. I discovered an open form of writing that has influenced me today, as it had ten years ago. The openess of style, the themes that are presented, children aging and discovering themselves through the act of sexual film orientation. The entertainment of the novel not yet matched or revisited by Mr. Turner. The last novel he has written? Well,I hope not. Maybe sooner than later. A Canadian book that I hope will be republished again, maybe with some author comments.
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By Lavon Youins on February 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This novel was an extremely slow read. There isn't so much of a plot as a sort of fever dream of an adolescent boy's recounting of how he fell into the profession of a pornographic filmmaker, and his vying to create art through it. The prose stylings is one of the most interesting I've ever seen, so kudos to that; I thought it was fun, but the content left me in a constant state of wanting. I will admit, there were many passages that were genuinely funny/ironic and I literally laughed out loud. I feel that this novel is very forgettable.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ariel Meadow Stallings on May 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
An interestingly written novel, "The Pornographer's Poem" is a great read diminished only by numerous distracting typos. Where was the copyeditor on this one? This story and this author deserve better.
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