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The Painting of Porcupine City: A Novel Paperback – August 29, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
The story focuses on relationships, platonic as well as romantic and sexual. I found the interactions between characters to be one of the great joys of the novel--the casual banter and minutiae of life making me feel I was there among close friends. Monopoli's prose never disappoints. The lines on the page come across as loose and easy, which is a masterful deception because the book is full of carefully crafted descriptions that will knock your socks off. In fact, I went through about ten pairs of socks per sitting.
Sexy, sweet, and sometimes strange, The Painting of Porcupine City is a story not to be missed! Ben Monopoli's second novel is a triumph, one that will leave me and countless others begging for more.
This is such a well written, lengthy novel with excellent character development. It has wit, angst and a lot of the human condition. I stayed up well past my bedtime to finish the book because really how was I supposed to go to sleep not knowing what happened next?!
I found the end where Fletcher is talking to his editor pretty funny and a nice parallel for the story. What? No m/m story drenched in retardedly unrealistic and prepubescent sex scenes? No perfect Disney World happily ever after with black and white answers? Of course, as someone in the medical field, I just really wanted to throw anti-psychotics at Mateo but I suppose that's too concrete and not mystical enough :)
Ben Monopoli is a wonderful writer. Elegant and literate, but very contemporary and, dare I say, young. His voice is young - he writes in the words of the generation of my children. (If only my children were so literate!)
I struggled into this wonderful book because of my own resistance to two key elements at its core: Fletcher's fecklessness and Mateo's graffiti. I struggled to love these two young men because they each are so opposed to my own hard-wired nature. Fletcher, burned by bad romances in college, has turned to a position of anti-romance, embracing a life of one-nighters. He's both annoying and pitiable - to someone like me. His only good feature at first was his warm relationship with best friends Cara and Jamar. He's a good friend to them, and that gave me an inkling of hope from the start.
And Mateo - well. How to start? Emotionally, he's right in sync with my own overwrought romantic self. Passionate, Brazilian, courtly in fact. But graffiti - because that's what drives Mateo - is something for which I have a visceral antipathy. I had to work hard to release my ingrained reverence for private property and civic order so that I could love Mateo properly.
But, in the end, I let both these fraught characters in, because they let each other in, and in their relationship I saw Fletcher being gradually turned into someone else - someone I wanted him to be from the start. Mateo, on the other hand, remained a Poe-like figure, romantic but obsessed in a way that boded ill. I cared for him and feared for him.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Author tried to make this more than the usual gay fare. I enjoy graffiti art so that part of the novel was of interest. Read morePublished 3 months ago by JAG/Beach
One of my favorite books ! I LOVE Ben Monopoli, he's such a great author !!! Actually, I love all of his books... :)Published 4 months ago by Chantaldepe
What a bitter sweet story. I found it to be such a touching tale about two extremely likeable characters. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rob K. Montero
Good story and interesting flawed characters. Ending was kind of a downer, Author is talented and a good storyteller. Would recommend.Published 12 months ago by M.A. Benjamin
Enjoyable story. The characters are well conceived and executed. I learned a lot about graffiti and have new appreciation for it as art. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Culture Vulture
REMARKABLE! I am not even sure that's a sparkly enough word to be honest. Ben Monopoli is NOT your typical HEA writer. Read morePublished 17 months ago by DiverseReader
It's hard for me to describe this book to convince someone to read it. It's a unique book and I bought it on a whim to fill the downtime and wasn't expecting much but found this... Read morePublished on May 26, 2014 by Johnny Keller