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5.0 out of 5 stars A Turbulent Flight
Reading Muse is like flying through turbulence where everything around you is chaotic and incomprehensible and the adrenaline is pumping and you don't understand quite what is happening or in what direction you are headed. But you are sort of thrilled by the challenge and the fear and the excitement. And then you seer through the clouds and all is calm around you and the...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not a pleasurable read
I persevered with this book right until the end, but wished I'd have given up at the first page. Having read some really good reviews I kept waiting for something great to come. I can honestly say that I have never enjoyed a book less than this one. I couldn't take to any of the characters and didn't find the story interesting. I think it must be one of those books that...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Turbulent Flight, 22 Sep 2008
This review is from: Muse (Hardcover)
Reading Muse is like flying through turbulence where everything around you is chaotic and incomprehensible and the adrenaline is pumping and you don't understand quite what is happening or in what direction you are headed. But you are sort of thrilled by the challenge and the fear and the excitement. And then you seer through the clouds and all is calm around you and the sky is blue and everything is crystal clear and you understand again. Muse is extraordinary, and brave, and demanding, a literary novel that pushes the boundaries at every level and leaves you emotionally drained but richly rewarded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an underground cult classic in the making, 25 Aug 2008
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Susan Irvine is an astonishing talent and Muse exhibits her extraordinary writing abilities. An epic poem about love, sex, drugs and alienation set in the world of fashion, a world that Irvine manages to convey as both dark, desperate and funny. This year's must read
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not a pleasurable read, 26 May 2013
This review is from: Muse (Hardcover)
I persevered with this book right until the end, but wished I'd have given up at the first page. Having read some really good reviews I kept waiting for something great to come. I can honestly say that I have never enjoyed a book less than this one. I couldn't take to any of the characters and didn't find the story interesting. I think it must be one of those books that you either love or hate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new style of seduction, 19 Feb 2012
This review is from: Muse (Hardcover)
A captivating read, at times fascinating, sensual, disturbing but with just enough relief to go on reading in hope. Naomi, the narrator, takes you into her mind while she lives on the edge of life. Indulge in finding yourself drawn into the mind of a woman who is detached from emotional contact in her relationships, preferring to take erotic pleasure in images of the world around her. Her job as a stylist for fashion photography seems suited to her, an erotic relationship with the world that is fuelled by images that seduce and fascinate. Her job is one that would tantalizingly invite you to buy the style that she is selling. And so does the author tantalize the reader, who may gasp for the final product.

The reader is drawn into the experience of the woman, as she begins to merge into her own sensual imagery. She indulges in a fantasy about a young man who writes poetry to her. Their first meeting was my first experience of concern, an arousal of fear and warnings in my mind. As she subsequently accepts his poetry, without having to do anything but accept it, it seems that he has become the ideal imaginary `mate' for her, with him living in a complementary fantasy in his world, with her as his focus. Is there evil lurking, waiting to strike? It feels like it, she certainly courts it and the author clearly wants the reader to know that there is danger. Does Naomi know, or even care? We are invited to think of evil. But this is mainly about relationships in Naomi's world that are both destructive and supportive of each other. They are drawn to each other but don't heed the warnings they can give each other. By the end of the book, the author seemed to imply, by her last action, that the danger for Naomi had passed. The interesting thing for me was that she had survived this life and mode of being.

I wondered if the reference to Beatrice as `Muse' was hinting at more. Was the author leading us into a different kind of Inferno? Virgil led Dante and the reader was told about what he observed in the Inferno. Naomi, however, acts as our guide through an experience, a very female world of sensuality and frustration. The danger lurks mostly in the mind of the reader rather than being directly observed. But that is how a woman leads you and distracts you without letting you know what she is doing.
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