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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers Inc; 1st Carroll & Graf Ed edition (28 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786716746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786716746
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hailed as "the most important transgressive literary artist since Burroughs" (Salon), Dennis Cooper is the author of The George Miles Cycle, an interconnected sequence of five novels (Closer, Frisk, Try, Guide, and Period) that have been translated into sixteen languages. Cooper has also published a book of stories, Wrong, and several volumes of poetry, including The Dream Police. He lives in Los Angeles.


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Lloyd VINE VOICE on 22 April 2007
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Just finished this book and, like the previous reviewer, I read this in one sitting propelled on by my increasing horror for the fate of the doomed protagonist.

OK, let's be very clear from the start, the subject matter is very dark and distressing and this book is not a comfortable read at all. I'd file it next to Bret Easton Ellis's 'American Psycho' and Poppy Z Brite's 'Exquisite corpse' in terms of the graphic descriptions of sexual violence, torture, and murder. Unlike those books however, 'The Sluts' is fairly unrelenting in the harrowing and increasing depravity it depicts . The reader feels much less distanced from fiction here as there is no irony or humour (`American psycho`) or fantasy/magic (`Exquisite Corpse') to distract from the extremely disturbing subject matter.

Essentially 'The Sluts' is the story of 'Brad' a very damaged young male hustler working the extreme end of the escort industry. He is hired by, and caters to the most sadistic and depraved of clients. His story of escalating abuse, torture and eventual murder (?) is pieced together largely on the internet via escort sites, message boards, and e-mails.

As a comment on the darkest state of humankind it is a very depressing one indeed. There are small sections in the middle part of this book, entries from Brad's customers, when you believe they are beginning to show a glimmer of compassion towards their subject . This hope is brutally erased however when their entries conclude by describing their sick fantasies. Or it becomes clear that they have already, or would like to,further abuse the escort.

This is a good book in the sense that it works the emotions very effectively. It is however, extremely disturbing so do not expect to sleep well after reading it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DM Webster on 5 April 2006
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This book has taken over ten years to write according to Cooper himslef. With this in mind the concerns are similar to those in the George Miles cycle- young boys, rock stars, heavy sex and death. However, unlike the GM cycle which deteriorated into incomprehensibility by the end this is a lucid and brilliant novel. Although it is continually about sex for 250 pages there is a strong story underneath dealing with the problems of identity and truth on the internet. I read this book in one sitting even though some of it the most sickening writing I've read for a long time!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clare on 25 Oct. 2009
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I'm not overly sure if enjoyable is the right word but I could not stop reading it! It is an amazing piece of literature but is definately not for the faint hearted. It is highly disturbing in some places, but what more could you expect from Dennis Cooper?
I recommend it to everyone, whether you've read Cooper before or not. Please be aware though, it is quite graphic in some places and probably shouldn't be read in public. :)
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