- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Sceptre; New edition edition (21 Jun. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 034077004X
- ISBN-13: 978-0340770047
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.5 x 2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,253,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Pornographer's Poem Paperback – 21 Jun 2001
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Turner's strengths are in character and dialogue - he only needs a couple of sentences or a snatch of conversation to conjure up a personality. (Tibor Fischer)
a mix of monologues, contracts, and interviews ordered in taut, hilarious verse, describing the experiences of an imaginary band ... Already turned into a film, this is razor-sharp wit, applied with a spray can rather than exploding with Spinal Tap pyrotechnics. (Q Magazine on HARD CORE LOGO)
Inflamingly good (Time Out)
The most believable account of teenage sexual awakening since Edmund
White's A Boy's Own Story, and the most matter-of-fact descriptions of
hardbcore pornography since Martin Amis' Dead Babies(Big Issue)
The Pornographer's Poem is honest, funny and extremely black at times . . .
Conveying both how thrilling and how painful growing up can be.' The List
'Complex, modern and a delightfully thought-provoking read(Scotland on Sunday)
You know what matters most when you are sixteen years old. But try justifying it.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Imagine what it would be like if you couldn't do that; imagine that you have to be accountable - in the present - for every shady little thing you did in the past; that's EVERY shady little thing...
This may just be one of the central concerns of Michael Turner's spellbindingly inventive novel. Then again, it may not be. I can't be sure you see because memory can play funny tricks: it can make you think you're telling the truth when, in fact, you're spinning a web of lies.
It is set up as an interrogation between the narrator and two nameless figures from some nameless authority. Unsurprisingly these two nameless figures know everything there is to know about the narrator but, get this, they want him to tell all, to confess to everything he has done...and so his story begins to emerge: from the twinges of his sexual awakening to the moment he `makes` the Family Dog.
This new book has it all: adolescent longing, regret, sex (in bucket loads,) mistakes, wrong turnings, pornography, love, death. In short, it has the whole pretty [ugly] picture of life between its pages and, what's more, the writing does not miss a beat at any point.
If you need lyrical it has lyrical; if you need sensitive it has sensitive; if you need a screenplay it has a screenplay; if you need hardcore it has hardcore; if you need a snuff movie it has a snuff movie. Hell, just go out and buy this wonderful novel and tell me what you think happens at the end because I've got a million-and-one ideas and none of them, I suspect, is even close to the mark.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The narrator, a young boy recently graduated from high school, gives and account of his life to an unnamed interrogator. Read morePublished on 1 Nov. 2007 by Benjamin
I found this an odd, yet disturbing read. I had in the back of my mind Room 101 from 'Nineteen Eighty Four' whilst reading this as it is unclear who those doing the interrogating... Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2007 by SJSmith