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My Loose Thread (Cooper, Dennis) Paperback – Bargain Price, June 19, 2003
Four girls on a trip to Paris suddenly find themselves in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare that spirals out of control. Learn More
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Top Customer Reviews
"MLT" tells the story of the deep underbelly of suburban, privileged teenage life: a life that many of us would rather not hear about. But, to Cooper's credit he does not shy away from the realities of this life and just like the drawing on the book sleeve, we emerge psychically bloodied from the experience of reading about it.
The bare bones of the story involve Larry, his brother Jim, friends named Rand (dead at the beginning of the novella), Jude (Larry's erstwhile Girlfriend) and Gilman-a skinhead who has hired Larry to murder a fellow student (known only as "the boy") for no reason other than for Gilman to possess the boy's notebook. There are also a couple of reporters called the "Franks"" who are following Larry and Jim ("I guess she's writing about guys in high school and depression.")
Larry is the narrator and it is very difficult at times to follow his thoughts which he expresses through a kind of adolescent, valley-boy stream of consciousness:" ...she can see depressed guys like we're ghosts. We don't have to move. We don't even have to talk to her first. She says my problem is rage mixed with some bigger word, so I don't interest her...at first I was thinking she'd save me from Jim if she used the right words, but he's too complicated so far. That's her thing...I used to care what was wrong with Jim too, he made it seem that what I did to him helped, but I guess I was sick, and it didn't.Read more ›
My Loose Thread is above all a difficult book to read. Not just because Cooper is obviously a born-and-bred postmodern writer, but because this is not subject matter that's going to sit well with most folks, and the confusion engendered by both the style and having a narrator who gives new meaning to the word "unreliable" can make this book into something of a chore. However, once you get down to the meat of the novel, it's worth it.
Larry is a teen who is, shall we say, somewhat messed up. He's having problems dealing with confusion. A whole lot of problems, in fact. Not only is he struggling with his emerging homosexuality (he denies, to himself and others, that he's gay, but it's pretty obvious to the reader he's in denial), which comes out in part in a sexual relationship with his younger brother, but also with the death of his friend Rand after the two of them fought. Even though Rand seems to have died of natural causes, Larry can't help but blame himself, for relatively obvious reasons. Thanks (we gather) due to the new mystique surrounding Larry in certain circles as a result of Rand's death, he's been approached by Gilman Crowe, head of the school's Nazi sect, to kill a fellow student and get the kid's notebook. (Whether Larry is then supposed to turn the notebook over to Crowe or destroy it is a piece of the puzzle which shifts throughout the novel.) As the book opens, Larry is doing the deed with the help of his on-again off-again girlfriend Jude and her other lover Pete; Larry comes into possession of the notebook, reads it, and finds his world tilting even further askew. Why this is, we never quite find out, but some conclusions can be drawn by the rest of the novel's events.Read more ›
in the first part of the book, i wondered if this was going to be a different version of _frisk_, in which the reader is made to secretly enjoy the atrocities performed by the protagonist. while i like that idea a lot, it doesn't really make a book that i'd cherish, like i did _closer_ and _try_.
but dennis did something that is both fantastic and harrowing. he made the protagonist into a beatiful person who i could love. i saw pieces of myself and others in him and found myself excusing his actions toward other people.
the parts that stand out the most are the recurrent paragraphs in which cooper reveals a little more about what happened with Rand, the failed interactions between the protagonist and his brother (the snap on the jeans... wow), and the description of the boy (curling up on the couch in particular). cutting, crying during sex, someone not realizing they yelled until after they did it, and so on... this book is incredible.
maybe it's shock fiction, but it isn't *just* shock fiction. it's something more. there's a very humyn core that's beautiful and painful. the real visceral effect of this book comes from the emotions that it inspires with subtle waves of the hand and smirks... flashes of the horrific real winking at you. that makes it a million times as subversive as other shock books. this is real transgressive fiction.
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I'm not really sure what to say about this book or what than what other people say. I had read so many synosis' before getting it that I knew exactly what to expect. Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by Mariko Carrington
I have read many books that are intended to shock and disgust it's readers, but this book was a down right mission to read! Read morePublished on March 19, 2007 by I. Santiago
Several years ago, I picked up a few Bret Easton Ellis books and really wanted to like them, but found that they simply weren't my thing. Read morePublished on July 23, 2006 by Boom
It is hard to understand the rave reviews from usually reputable sources regarding this book (I use the term loosely). Read morePublished on July 4, 2005 by Frank Berkeley
It begins with a murder. Larry, a young high school student, is hired by a fellow classmate to kill a boy and retrieve his notebook. Read morePublished on February 27, 2005 by Little Old Me
Dennis Cooper was born on January 10, 1953 in Pasadena, California. He grew up in Los Angeles. He was the director at Beyond Baroque. Read morePublished on April 22, 2004 by alexander laurence
In "My Loose Thread", Dennis Cooper creates one of the most disturbed, fascinating and realistic characters I've ever seen in fiction. Read morePublished on December 22, 2003 by Douglas King
This isn't Cooper's best work but it ain't his weakest either.
I found this one enjoyable and readable.
Most definitely a good one.
the first Cooper book i've read. i finished it a couple of months ago, and struggle now to remember anything particular about it. Read morePublished on March 20, 2003 by I. J. Mclachlan