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I preferred to read the poetry in this as prose that had been chopped up funny and that was fairly easy to do as the poetry was so light and insubstantial that it might as well have been prose most of the time The story to this sounded a bit daft to me but then, I know nothing about the Australian poetry scene, so perhaps it is a seething mass of bodies screwing one another followed by the occasional murder As a murder mystery this was painfully predictable annoyingly so, in fact There I preferred to read the poetry in this as prose that had been chopped up funny and that was fairly easy to do as the poetry was so light and insubstantial that it might as well have been prose most of the time The story to this sounded a bit daft to me but then, I know nothing about the Australian poetry scene, so perhaps it is a seething mass of bodies screwing one another followed by the occasional murder As a murder mystery this was painfully predictable annoyingly so, in fact There is a line in Sleuth where Olivier says that murder mysteries are something like the general recreation of noble minds But to be that there does need to be some sort of challenge to them To be honest, I prefer there to be less mystery andcharacter development if there has to be a choice If you can get both working, well, that s great, but I often prefer characters over plot, if you can t do both This does neither The characters are overly thin cut outs and I suspect only work because of the gender twisting of the central character Making Sam Spade a dyke wasn t enough novelty to keep my interest Much of the book seemed to be written for the lesbian sex scenes, which, like most other sex in print, is never really as sexy as you might hope You know Her BreastsHer breasts are not my breasts.Under her dress they push towards my handsUnder my hands they push towards my breaststhey stop my heart.they close my eyes.she s not my mothershe s not my friend Diana Dracula.Her breasts suck me.Now, it could be that I am the only person in the world that isn t seething with sexual passion after reading this gem of erotic poetry, maybe I m really nothing but a cold fish but, if that is the case, so be it.I ve had a quick look at other reviews and they are virtually without exception gushing about this book I find that a little strange, but put it down to the fact that many of them even say they were so surprised they could read and understand poetry while also following the murder mystery that the whole experience left them feeling a little chuffed with themselves I didn t particularly like the poetry although I admit I ve probably been a bit unfair in my selection above which is particularly crap and found the storyline far too predictable I m not sure the sex was ever really going to be enough to make up for the other problems with this one, so while others have seen the sex as an added bonus, I ve seen it as symptomatic of ageneral problem If I was going to offer some very general advice to writers, and I concede immediately I have no right to offer such advice it would be that if you don t have enough story to be getting on with then adding sex probably isn t going to make things anyinteresting And adding evensex, as is done here, is probably going to draw attention to the problem, not make it any less obvious There s a film to this one I ve never seen it and am unlikely to as I didn t think there was enough of a story to really carry a film, although, obviously there would be lots of soft porn lesbian sex scenes, so I guess that might have made it moderately successful Like I said, the whole thing seemed a bit daft to me [[ READ BOOK ]] ✗ The Monkey's Mask ✒ The Monkey s Mask is a totally unique experience It s poetry It s a crime thriller It s where high art meets low life, passion meets betrayal, and poetry faces profanity on the streets of a harsh modern city Dorothy Porter s internationally bestselling verse novel holds you in its grip from the first verse paragraph to the final haunting pages The Monkey s Mask won the Age Book of the Year for Poetry in , the National Book Council Award for Poetry and the Braille Book of the Year It has been adapted for stage and radio and is currently being adapted for film The book has been widely translated and published overseasW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING SUSIE PORTER AND KELLY McGILLIS Most people that pick up this book would probably think, A crime novel in the form of poetry Don t see that every day It was certainly what I thought, anyway I came to reading this book because of my university course and, as always, my faith in Australian literature continues to build Dorothy Porter s novel is stripped down to the bare bones of the crime novel, but it just happens to be done by a brilliant poet The imagery in the verses stands out as some of the most appropriate to the s Most people that pick up this book would probably think, A crime novel in the form of poetry Don t see that every day It was certainly what I thought, anyway I came to reading this book because of my university course and, as always, my faith in Australian literature continues to build Dorothy Porter s novel is stripped down to the bare bones of the crime novel, but it just happens to be done by a brilliant poet The imagery in the verses stands out as some of the most appropriate to the situation I have ever seen It s not all flowers and deep blue seas for the sake of poetry My favourite thing about this strange little book has to be its attitude Not just of the gruff, lesbian private detective who screams Female Phillip Marlowe in certain parts but the entire style of the poetry As a reader, you never feel lost or wondering where you are, even though Porter only chooses to describe scenes and characters in a word or two The plot itself is hard for me to review It s a pretty standard whodunnit murder story, but the nuances of the story and writing hold it far above the rest The inclusion of the victim s tortured poetry and being given the pleasure of trying to decipher who she is talking about is just one of the many things Porter offers to her readers I already mentioned my favourite thing about The Monkey s Mask, but here s the reason I think it is a masterpiece After finishing, my whole conception of poetry has been changed Yes, I admit I would always turn my nose up when poetry was shoved under it because, well, I can t really answer that I was arrogant, I guess This poetic verse novel shed my arrogant skin and showed what was really underneath that Much like the stark writing style of Dorothy Porter s, The Monkey s Mask, I guess Really great The first time I ve read an adult novel written in verse, I think, and it s an Australian lesbian erotic murder mystery The mystery may be easy to guess, but it s a great ride. I ve read a little poetry I m trying to learnby readingpoetry I lot of it alludes me still So a lesbian thriller written entirely in prose Well, I m walking into strange territory Libraries are just as enjoyable as bookshops I wander through the aisles seeing what catches my eye There are a list of books I hope to get through this year as part of challenges but whim reading is also good for the soul.The Monkey s Mask caught my eye I read 50 pages while I was at the library and I ve read a little poetry I m trying to learnby readingpoetry I lot of it alludes me still So a lesbian thriller written entirely in prose Well, I m walking into strange territory Libraries are just as enjoyable as bookshops I wander through the aisles seeing what catches my eye There are a list of books I hope to get through this year as part of challenges but whim reading is also good for the soul.The Monkey s Mask caught my eye I read 50 pages while I was at the library and took it home to read the remainder of this incredible book I ve written about Dorothy Porter s final collection The Bee Hut and loved her deceptively simple poetry Mythology is still difficult for me to read but there is beauty in her poems that I think everyone can appreciate.This story follows Jill Fitzpatrick, a private investigator who is looking for a missing girl named Mickey P.I Jill has a slippery relationship with the cops and the missing teenager s parents don t seem to trust the police to get the job done As she delves into Mickey s life, meeting and interviewing a number of people, Jill finds herself having an affair with Mickey s teacher, Dr Diana Maitland.Now, let s be clear It s erotic There are occasions where some woman is between some other woman s legs Correction on many occasions.But there is also incredible wit and humour At one point, Jill goes to a poetry reading and she is almost writhing in her seat with pain I see the irony Porter, a poet, writes prose about a P.I sitting through a poetry reading who is hating every moment of it I ve tried listening.Bill calls light dusky in every bloody poemand he s got a thingabout his grandfather s hatthe lucky bastardmust be dead.Come on, Bill,that s it, mate,last fucking poemI ll be dead and burnt to ashesbefore Bill s dusky lightsetson his grandad s hat The missing girl is a budding poet and after reading some of her amateur poems, Jill reflects on how a poem starts This is powerful prose from Porter Is this how poems start when every riff on the radiohooks in your throatis this how poems start when the vein under her skinhooks in your throatis this how poems start when insomnia poundslike spooked black horseswhen the day breakslike car crash glasstell me, Mickey,you knewtell medoes a poem startwith a hook in the throat As a lesbian thriller, it s only fitting to write of the relationships of LGBT and societal pressures which is so simply and beautifully put when Jill talks with her mother Mum sniffs Jill, you can look really nicewhen you want toit won t kill youto wear a dressnow and then Mum touches my hair It used to be so pretty and after three gin and tonics You don t have to beso conspicuouswe all know what you are do you, Mum I m curious Fill me in.What am I I enjoyed this book so much I don t really know if I have a certain taste any I ve tried so many kinds of books and have been surprised many times Sometimes I disliked a book I was supposed to like and enjoyed others that were as far from my typical reading habits as this one You just never know Read in one sitting, my new favourite literary heroine a PI lesbian with a disdain for poets, very good surprisingly fantastic this book isn t so much about what it says as what it does the plot isn t revolutionary, and the sexually deviant twist is a bit of a 90s cop out imo, but that doesn t really matter what s interesting here is how the genres and modes tussle with one another, creating a novel in verse that is at once pacey and pulpy while retaining a poetic sense of linguistic pacing and weighted white space witty, atmospheric, and genuinely erotic, with a brilliantly complex and au surprisingly fantastic this book isn t so much about what it says as what it does the plot isn t revolutionary, and the sexually deviant twist is a bit of a 90s cop out imo, but that doesn t really matter what s interesting here is how the genres and modes tussle with one another, creating a novel in verse that is at once pacey and pulpy while retaining a poetic sense of linguistic pacing and weighted white space witty, atmospheric, and genuinely erotic, with a brilliantly complex and authentically rendered protagonist not perfect, and not for everyone, but a quick, compelling read, with lots of interesting gender play and concurrent themes of identity and masquerade title comes from a Basho haiku year after year on the monkey s face a monkey s mask I thought this was a brilliant book and I was really surprised to see it was rated a bit lower on here than I thought it d be It s an insanely clever blending of genres, and I am usually not one for poetry or verse at all Porter writes so convincingly, telling us only what we really need to see, that it feels all crime novels should naturally flow this way She creates little vignettes of characters making up a greater picture and showing The Monkey s Mask we all wear, if you will It s someth I thought this was a brilliant book and I was really surprised to see it was rated a bit lower on here than I thought it d be It s an insanely clever blending of genres, and I am usually not one for poetry or verse at all Porter writes so convincingly, telling us only what we really need to see, that it feels all crime novels should naturally flow this way She creates little vignettes of characters making up a greater picture and showing The Monkey s Mask we all wear, if you will It s something different, I ll give her that and I think before people read it they need to do a little homework on the book to get afull appreciation of it The book is a 90s book, yes And I ve seen it being trashed here because of that However, for the Australian scene of lesbian books in that era, I d say it d have to be right up there I recommend reading her interviews on the book and her reasoning behind writing it because it really helps bring it all together Like most books not written in the current era, it really needs to be looked at within the scope of the time when it was written My only gripe was that the ending discovery came on too quickly and too close to the end of the book for poor Jill The last page was amazing Porter is a genius in my opinion, to weave such a tale in such an outstanding and unique format I loved it What a beautiful, sparsely written novel Ms Porter proves that you do not need many words to paint a rich narrative just perfectly chosen words arranged in a perfect way A real masterpiece. A poetry collection written as a lesbian detective story Quite different, and it hangs together very well The language is also good, even with the rather heavy focus on sex and sex talk A good twist of the story in the end, and all in all a great read.