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Frisk (George Miles Cycle #2)

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,360 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
When Dennis is thirteen, he sees a series of photographs of a boy apparently unimaginably mutilated. Dennis is not shocked, but stunned by their mystery and their power; their glimpse at the reality of death. Some years later, Dennis meets the boy who posed for the photographs. He did it for love.

Surrounded by images of violence, the celebrity of horror, news of disease, a
Paperback, 144 pages
Published November 11th 1993 by Grove Press (first published 1991)
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Eddie Watkins
Oct 08, 2014 Eddie Watkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-fiction
Years ago this book would’ve repulsed me, and not because of its extensive rimming, its deep digital anal probing, its examination of others’ turds, its languid sadism, or even its graphic sexual torture. It would have repulsed me because of its offhanded nihilism, its obsession with image, and its cult of youth.

I used to ask so much of books – new worlds promised, religious and philosophical issues probed, mysticism - and now here I am reduced to reading about violent gay sex fantasies and scar
Paul Bryant
Jul 04, 2014 Paul Bryant rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: homophobes
Shelves: novels
Frisk is the gay American Psycho, and like that horrendous novel it revels in grossly repellant violence, and just like American Psycho, you have to ask yourself what the point is. And it's hard to say. Ellis's novel was supposed to satirise the yuppie greed-is-good 1980s. Okay, it does. But the violence towards women in that book goes on for page after page after page. And after say 15 pages, the reader is justified in saying Okay Brett, I Get The Point Already!! But on and on the violence goes ...more
Ben Winch
May 07, 2014 Ben Winch rated it really liked it
Shelves: american, anglo
For those who subscribe to the cult of language (ie: without beautiful language a book can’t be beautiful; the bricks are all, the architecture is irrelevant; this whole kneejerk anti-plot perspective that seems to be de rigueur in our corner of Goodreads), I’m here to tell you: there are other cults. Other criterion for excellence. And they’re valid.

Me, when I was a lad, I subscribed to a cult of structure. Probably stemming from my reading of Slaughterhouse Five as a teenager (remember that zi
Nate D
Jan 02, 2012 Nate D rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who desire
Recommended to Nate D by: found photographs of ghastly things
What Dennis Cooper is on about here, beneath all the porn and violence, is actually pretty subtle and articulate. This is sort of his deal, and it explains the sharp polarization in the reviews he gets. Here, Cooper's program is a total de-romanticization and dismemberment of the idea of sexual desire, particularly in its potentially destructive aspects. For his characters, particularly narrator "Dennis", desire doesn't actually help anyone connect with anyone else. More the opposite. Desire her ...more
Friedrich Der
Jan 15, 2009 Friedrich Der rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: intelligent people who like shock
Recommended to Friedrich by: found it 2nd hand
I found this deeply disturbing and I didn't bother finishing it. Narratives about sociopaths are nothing new - think American Psycho, Natural Born Killers etc - but what makes this one different is that there is no satire. It's also just about the most graphic thing you will ever read. The victims are presented as insentient toys, beautiful and moronic. The other characters complicity accept the murders and do nothing to stop them. Add it all together and you have something that glamorizes tortu ...more
Aug 08, 2008 Ian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
This is a difficult book to rate. It is a snuff fantasy that is first and foremost intended to provoke. I read this for a college course, and this is probably the only reason I would do so. Inside are depictions of deviance, sexual torture, and evisceration. An example of a choice scene: the murder and dissection of a man, and subsequent filtering of organs and fluids between the fingers, in order to discover his essence. And it gets worse.

But this isn't simply shock fiction. Cooper's premise is
Jan 05, 2008 Christopher rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
My fourth favorite novel of Cooper's (after Guide, Try, and The Sluts). I wouldn't say that Cooper is an acquired taste; he's a rarefied taste. Not "decadent," though there's something dandyish in Cooper's precise prose, and of course death and decay themes pervade Cooper's novels, as they do "decadent" literature. What distinguishes Cooper's work from "decadent" writing is Cooper's urgent need to work out these (admittedly disturbing) issues of violence and pedophilic sex. And he does so withou ...more
sonny (no longer in use)
far better than American psycho and far more believable, will write a review soon.
Mario Giannone
I've been aware of this strange little book for several years and finally decided to start reading it out of curiosity a few days ago. For the most part, it contains a lot interesting ideas regarding the extreme (more extreme than most readers can imagine) side of sexual fantasy. Also, it's told through a sort of omniscient first person narrator which I found pretty intriguing/bizarre (still not sure if it 100% works though). I knew going in it was going to be gruesome, but the level of fucked u ...more
Feb 15, 2011 Doug rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a book to finish on Valentine's Day, huh?

I'm not sure what I *thought* Frisk was going to be about, it was just one of those books that I had heard about from a couple of different sources right near the same time and so I figured it would be interesting to ride that coincidence. I did see a quick blurb, and noticed it had to do with obsession and snuff films and recreation and I thought, "Oh, alright." The blurb barely sunk in until I was a chapter or two inside...

Things this book has, if
Sep 23, 2011 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
a tough book to "rate," and a tough one to unravel.

this is my first official dennis cooper novel, though i've followed his blog fairly closely for several years. i expected something harsh, but it actually exceeded my expectations in the taboo-breaking department. the majority of it reads like a hybrid of the marquis de sade and a larry clark movie. fucked up sex, abstract philosophizing, vaguely bored man-children, etc. sometimes the combo works and sometimes it's just unpleasant to get through
Nov 04, 2013 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dennis Cooper is one of the most infamous cult authors around but Closer, the first book in his five-novel George Miles cycle, left me disappointed. Thankfully the follow-up, Frisk (great title, referenced in the text in enigmatic fashion), is a much stronger, more distinctive work. This is a provocative, sometimes disgusting (i.e. graphic coprophilia, mutilation etc.) read that operates on multiple intertwined levels: it’s a psychological portrait of an obsessive mind circling the abyss; a meta ...more
John Treat
I couldn't book this book down until I could. Many folks will love this book, but you have to love certain other things first, and I guess I don't.
Glenn Conley
Oct 26, 2014 Glenn Conley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This is not really a novel. Maybe a novella, but not a novel. It's not even a real story. It's just excerpts from someone's so-called life. Mostly normal, gay sex scenes. I mean, a little kink here and there, sure. But, for the most part, it's boring-as-shit gay sex scenes. Big-fucking-deal.

Then, for some reason, this guy turns into a serial killer. Just because he can, apparently. I guess the Dutch just ask for it or something. He finds it just so easy to kill, so he does it, and continues to d
Clay Brown
Mar 02, 2014 Clay Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frisk By Dennis Cooper Scary And Dazzling Thrill Kill Gay Action


Part two of the George Miles Cycle by Dennis Cooper we reviewed his first book Closer a little while ago.

George doesn’t appear in this 2nd volume which is mostly about Dennis, a very upset person who fantasizes about murdering others usually boys or young men of a certain age and look.

Dennis is joined by his best friend Julian soon into Frisk they befriend a young dope addict
Shiona Tregaskis
Dec 17, 2015 Shiona Tregaskis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Supreme precision
Laura Obscura
Mar 28, 2011 Laura Obscura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the feelings evoked from reading Dennis Cooper's work. Like a horrible car crash, I'm peeking through my fingers sometimes to see what's on the next page. Awe and repulsion at the same time. I really ask myself sometimes what I'm learning from Frisk. I guess rather than put it that way, it's more of a reflection of sensory assault. So, like The Human Centipede, once you know what it's about and you can handle it, you're set to experience it. It can't get any worse.
Jun 01, 2013 Brandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books you'll likely not read again, but it is worth reading for the first time. The story is a bit slow at first and soon picks up in the middle only to conclude the way you would have probably predicted. It's sick, vile and absolutely unsettling, but I loved reading it and wanted to read the rest in this series after reading this one.
Sep 01, 2013 Kira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parts of this one dragged for me until the last chapter. The conclusion is brilliant, and I sure didn't see it coming. I feel weird about empathizing with some of characters, especially after that conclusion. People I am not really like at all. Which is probly good for me.
Tristan Goding
Dec 16, 2015 Tristan Goding rated it it was ok
FRISK far outdoes CLOSER in terms of grisly, gnarly, morbidness. It also tells a much more mysterious story and has a more distinct and universal message that grants the book a more accessible audience. The final few pages also do a terrific job of throwing the reader for a loop. What it lacks, however, is the passionate pleasure that exists behind the violent images. The thrill and excitement about being taken to the edge of death. The exciting risks that propel the minds of these characters to ...more
Nelson Minar
The sleazeball of gay fiction. Dennis Cooper has something of a reputation as a writer of violent, disturbing, pornographic, mostly-well-written fiction. Frisk is the only novel of his that I've read, and it does live to that reputation. I've read a fair amount of disturbing stuff before (I'm a big fan of William S. Burroughs, I spent some time once reading de Sade, and I still try to read Les Chants du Maldoror from time to time.) Stuff like Frisk doesn't really suprise me, so I was suprised at ...more
Thomas Hale
Nov 07, 2014 Thomas Hale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More visceral and single-minded than his first book Closer, this book goes deeper into a kind of psychosexual self-analysis of Cooper's (or at least, the main character, also named Dennis) inextricable link between sex, violence and death. It churns along in a series of gruesome scenes of sex, murder and confused semi-romance, a lot like Story of the Eye. But just when I thought "this can't be all there is to it, right?" the last sequence of the novel made the preceding 110-odd pages feel...not ...more
Samuel Ch.
Primer acto: Dos homosexuales cogiendo.
Segundo acto: Dos homosexuales cogiendo.
Tercer acto: Dos homosexuales cogiendo.
Cuarto acto: Dos homosexuales cogiendo.
Quinto acto: Dos homosexuales cogiendo.
Sexto acto: Dos homosexuales cogiendo.
¿Cómo se llamó la obra: Frisk

Claro que ya esperaba una serie de escenas explícitas, pornográficas... ¡pero no una en cada página! El sexo se vicia, el morbo aburre, la obsesión se vuelve tonta y los personajes no tardan en ser únicamente lenguas que lamen o traseros
Nov 19, 2012 Domenica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I agree that this is a difficult book to rate. I literally could not read more than, say, 30 pages at a time before needing to put the book down and take a breather. I'm not squeamish, prudish, or overly sensitive. But this novella literally made me feel ill and a little psychotic myself at times. The fact that it is so precisely well-written and stylized (not in a gimmicky or playful Easton-Ellis way) is what makes it even more eerily effective.

The narrative style is extremely unconventional (I
Jun 16, 2008 Guy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dennis Cooper - Frisk (1991). Tweede deel uit de “George Miles”-cyclus en ongetwijfeld het goorste boek dat ik ooit onder ogen kreeg. Ik kende Coopers reputatie als boegbeeld van de homo- en undergroundliteratuur, maar had er geen idee van dat hij zo geobsedeerd was door taboes als seks, geweld, de dood, en dan vooral de combinatie ervan. Het leest als een kruising van American Psycho, De 120 dagen van Sodom, de dissidente obsessies van Georges Bataille en Het Grote Handboek Voor De Patholoog. P ...more
May 31, 2012 Joel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Transgressive fiction has always had a special place in my reading list. While its definition encompasses a world of books from the classics to the current crop of ‘transgressive’ writers. A few have made clunky efforts; books which started quite nicely but ends with me treating the book as a chore (for instance, Darcey Steinke’s Suicide Blonde; it had started out quite nicely although I couldn’t quite relate with bourbon drinking but it finished with a whimper). Dennis Cooper’s treatment of ‘tr ...more
Jori Richardson
I picked up this book at a library book-sale, intrigued by the vague description on the back cover.
When I read the Jean Genet quote that came before the book started, I knew that this was going to be a heavily sexual story - and it was. Depending on how they are written, books like this normally don't offend me.
However, this one really made me feel uncomfortable. I know that that was the author's aim, as his writing was pointedly shocking.
The book opens with a series of photographs being studied
It is hard for me to rate this book. I vacillated between hating this and loving it. I can't in good conscious really say that I liked this but I also can't give it only two stars. I feel that it was written really well. There were parts that I really liked and parts I could not stand. Maybe that was the point. Anyway, proceed with caution as this is not for the faint of heart. It is pornography in the extreme and pushes the boundaries right over the edge of what is acceptable and not. I gave it ...more
May 19, 2010 Idun rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sadomasochistic gay snuff was nothing new at that time. But Frisk has something to introduce here, something nor overrated neither underrated. And I gave it three stars for the sake of it. What's good about it, it never tends to deliver a grandeur orgy to take a pleasure in (Marquis de Sade :D), but stimulates your creative cells, shifting from loathe to love to flat (isn't it basic, when you imagine a kind of violence that somehow get you purged, a moment later you get excited and the same time ...more
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Dennis Cooper was born on January 10, 1953 and grew up in the Southern California cities of Covina and Arcadia. In 1976, he founded Little Caesar Magazine and Press, which he ran until 1982. In 1985, he moved to Amsterdam for two and a half years, where he began his ten year long project, The George Miles Cycle, an interconnected sequence of five novels that includes Closer, Frisk, Try, Guide, and ...more
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