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The Sluts

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,195 Ratings  ·  149 Reviews
Set largely on the pages of a website where gay male escorts are reviewed by their clients, and told through the postings, emails, and conversations of several dozen unreliable narrators, The Sluts chronicles the evolution of one young escort's date with a satisfied client into a metafiction of pornography, lies, half-truths, and myth. Explicit, shocking, comical, and disp ...more
Paperback, 262 pages
Published October 19th 2005 by Da Capo Press (first published 2004)
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brian
Aug 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
back in the good 'ol days, when goodreads was a much smaller (and some would say better) place, the #1 top ranked reviewer was a woman called ginnie jones. she claimed to be a very old women in pasadena (her avatar remained a found image of a frazzled pencil-chomping booknerd) who spent all her time reading, reviewing, and tending to her very sick husband. ginnie was an elusive bird: she'd rarely comment on others' pages and would almost never answer private messages. but she was part of our lit ...more
Mike Puma
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: book clubs full of little old ladies
Shelves: 2013, glbt-fic
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This is not your father’s porn!

If it’s not porn, is it erotica?

Hell, no. Nothing erotic about this one. Although, it does speak to the many —versions (sub-, perv-, King James, etc.)

Think of it as Neil Simon’s Murder by Death meets de Sade’s The 120 Days of Sodom with a side of Delany’s Hogg.

In excruciating detail, a host of unreliable narrators post reviews of a male hustler on an internet website and in discussion threads, evaluating his rendered services and their own basest desires, while c

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Megha
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Megha by: Ali

Anyone remember this goodreader who would pop up on every which review and ask if the book had violence or sexually explicit content? Kiddo, if you are still lurking around, don't ;) read this book. It has everything you have been looking for.

I feel fairly comfortable in assuming that every time this goodreader sees someone reading, say, in a library or a coffee shop, he doesn't go up to them ask the same question. No. He would rather do so while hidden behind the curtain of internet. Social med
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Ali
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Long, rambling, and will probably make no sense to anyone except me. If you aren’t a speedreader, get some popcorn, because this shit is going to take a while.

The Internet is possibly the strangest place I’ve ever had the (mis?)fortune of being a part of, yet the full implications of its existence never sank in until I had been using it for over three years, probably because I was less philosophically minded and stupider in the past. I’m sure some of you reading this may not even realize what ki
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Nate D
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: the guys hanging around outside Pumpers
Recommended to Nate D by: A classified ad from box 157
Adam's review of this is already essentially perfect:
What if Borges took on Rashomon, but instead of the action happening in a grove, it went down on a message board dedicated to reviewing homosexual escorts?

This is almost Cooper's perfect form: the frame means he only has to write a series of escort pickups that convey the entire story (for better or worse depending on your desire to read such), but more interestingly the format entirely lends itself to unreliable narrators lying about eachothe
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Emma Sea
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow. A work of fiction concerned with the nature of truth. Recommended.
Imogen
Apr 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Dennis Cooper is such a good writer that it looks like he's just saying some stuff to you, which is hard to pull off. I like the mood you get into in all of his books: these semi-reliable narrators, who tend to be pretty out of it, lazily unspooling a bunch of stuff that happened. Even when, like in this one, there's structural stuff happening, the structure (and the mutilation, and the murders and suicides and bleak gay mopiness and whatever other sensationalist stuff is happening) is secondary ...more
Adam
Nov 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What if Borges took on Rashomon, but instead of the action happening in a grove, it went down on a message board dedicated to reviewing homosexual escorts?

Joey Comeau
Mar 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Dennis Cooper's novel, The Sluts, opens with an online review of a hustler named "Brad" who has mental problems. A second review follows, and then a third. The novel is told through these reviews and through emails and posts on a website devoted to reviewing hustlers. The posts by these reviewers mix the empty, repeated, imitative language of pornography with a series of straightforward, honest sounding voices. And they lie.

They lie, and they admit to lying when they think it will help you beli
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Matthew
Jun 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
One point many other reviewers haven't hit on yet is that the obvious analogy of the fictitious "slut" is J.T. LeRoy, the Cooper protege and author recently discovered to be a middle-aged woman that had tricked the publishing industry with an elaborately crafted guise of a teen runaway-turned-prostitute. The story of LeRoy and Sluts both highlight the ease in which "lives" can be created in our current era - particularly lives that appeal to certain gay men's fantasies of helpless young men. I a ...more
chris
Feb 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
what the fuck?!
Christopher
Jan 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Cooper's material here -- violent intergenerational gay sex -- is not for every one. But The Sluts brilliantly captures the seductive dangers of online behavior -- how we get entangled in a pointless debates in the comments sections of a web site (or write reviews of books for an audience strangers, ostensibly to "connect," but perhaps really to broadcast a "literate" persona and have our superior tastes reflected back to us).

The Sluts is almost entirely told as "comments" on an online gay sex
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Robert Tomoguchi
I was hooked on Dennis Cooper when I first read Closer, and was again moved when I read Frisk. The books I followed, I enjoyed but they held me less and less. So when The Sluts came out, I bought it immediately, because his books often become difficult to find new, and I let it sit on my shelf, thinking I would read it when I got around to it.

Holy shit. It's brilliant. The narrative is moves from online escort advertisements to faxes and instant message logs.

My fascination with Dennis Cooper wa
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Daniel
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Simply put, best book I've ever read. Profound filth.
Marcelino
May 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017
Meh.

Lo leí en unas horas pero decir que entendí algo es una mentira.
Owen
Nov 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: notable
As a 15 year old boy, I can't say I've been exposed to most of the aspects of this book: sex, escorts/prostitution, fetishistic lifestyles, etc. But I decided to read this book anyway after seeing it in a train station bookstore. What can I say, I was interested. Perplexed even.

The Sluts takes place mostly online, on a few gay escort websites. The escort being reviewed is named Brad, and he is quite mysterious. You don't actually get to hear his side of the story (supposedly) and there are so ma
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Chris
Mar 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fags, revolutionaries, leather daddies, twinks everywhere, go go boys, hustlers, tranny whores
This book is formalistically brilliant, the story being primarily told by a host of anonymous or quasi-anonymous reviewers of a hustler in southern california.

It reads like the legal dossier of some horrid crime, transforming "the reader" into a voyer and participant in the drama that unfolds. Violently plucking the chords of desire, lust, infatuation, ambiguity and anonymity, Dennis Cooper has written a complex and entertaining work.

I read this book while on the subway listening to Matmos'two
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Christine No
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Myth is a dangerous thing.
And this book reminds me of watching a Haeneke film. (Which I feel really weird about).

It's a a good book. Masterfully woven. Relevant look at the early 2000's, internet culture, experimentation, truth and the relationship between imagination, psyche and the mutable power of promise.

Read it. And when you're done, go sit in the sunshine for a few days.



Daniel
Nov 07, 2014 marked it as abandoned
Shelves: lgbtq
I'm too old for this shit.
Sarah
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Profoundly disturbing. All hail Dennis Cooper.
Rodolfo
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-junio
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Sí, eso es lo que debería decir en su portada este libro, porque más allá de ser un libro para +18 y para un especifico sector de lectores, este libro trata temas un poco delicados para las personas, tales como pedofilia, sadomasoquismo, necrofilia, vídeos snuff, violaciones, entre otros y los narra el autor de una manera muy cruda y con detalles que pueden resultar grotescos para algunos, pero es lo que h
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Kim BookJunkie
This book is a serious mind fu(k! I'm still not sure exactly what I just read! What I do know for sure though is that I was glued it to each page and had a hard time putting it down at night.

Dennis Cooper is an extremely creative person! In THE SLUTS, Cooper has developed a complex tale by using what are supposed to be reviews on an escort review website, emails and fax correspondence. Each of the reviews were posts by Johns describing their experience with the main character/escort. These revie
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Merritt K
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I feel about Dennis Cooper the way straight people seem to about Chuck Palahniuk: he's funny, dark, and successfully implicates the reader in the spectacle of his subject matter. The structure here is also really smart, though the revelations kind of pile up really quickly in the last few dozen pages. In conclusion, I almost threw up at the surgery scene.
Ashmedai
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Sluts is a novel which is mainly set on a web site where gay male escorts are reviewed by their clients. It's a story told through these reviews, e-mails, telephone conversations and posts on web forums, which is exactly why I was ambivalent about starting this book. I found it hard to imagine how a novel could be written in that format and not become a disjointed mess. However, once I picked it up, I could barely put it back down, and was riveted from cover to cover. It's hands down one of ...more
Matt Hlinak
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm not easily shocked, but there were a few points when I was reading this where I needed to skip a page. If you can handle depictions of extreme sadomasochistic sex involving potentially underage male prostitutes, you'll be rewarded with one of the most structurally-interesting novels I've ever come across.

This book is a modern take on the 19th-century epistolary novel (in which the story is told through a series of letters): here the story is largely told through postings to a website dedicat
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Melissa Jackson
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am a physical reader. I feel what I read. Always. This can be awesome and it can be taxing-- especially when reading a text like "The Sluts." As my status update indicated, I almost threw up twice while reading it, I had tears in my eyes during a specifically emotionally distressing scene, I lost my appetite while eating one of the most delicious carrot stews I've ever had... you get the idea. This book is revolting, incredibly violent and beyond sadistic. It is a sexual horror story. It is al ...more
Simon
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
The third book of the trip was the first one
bought on the road and by the time I started
reading Dennis Cooper's "The Sluts" Jet had
already finished it in two days flat. It took me
about four. I found this and one of Dennis
Coopers other books God Jnr in the excellent Gay
Book Store on Santa Monica Blvd. We hadn't
realised it was the gay book store when we
walked in enticed by the cool window.
Still Dennis Cooper is still one of the sickest
writers around and The Sluts doesn't
dissapppoint in t
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Tosh
Oct 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This is a page turner masterpiece. Incredibly suspensful in a format that I find questionable at first - but just got sucked into it. Dennis Cooper I think is probably one of the most interesting living authors at this moment.

He really looks at the horror and as a reader you can either be offended or charmed by his prose, which is direct yet poetic at the same time. This is really a remarkable and well-thought out little thriller of sorts. In other words: Love It!
Michael
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well written. But there were definitely portions when I thought I could've been sick. Not for those that are easily upset/disturbed because this will surely mess you up if that's the case.
David M
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
sex workers of the world unite

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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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