I stumbled upon Michael Turner's "The Pornographers Poem", while browsing discount book shelves at a local book store. I purchased the book partly because of the excellent reviews on the back cover including praise from the Globe and Mail. I wasn't disappointed. Michael Turner's writing is very good, almost poetic. He is a master of creating time and place, I could see the beach from his words. I won't spoil the story by delving too deeply in the format, which is similar to an interrogation, by an unnamed person. This however is the most effective part of the story and it makes for a most satisfying ending. After finishing the book, I have often thought about it and I realize that there could be many different endings and you're never sure exactly which truths our main character has shared or withheld from his interrogator. The book is raw and real in some parts, so it might offend the faint of heart, but those who appreciate serious, fresh writing will find this to be an excellent book.
One of the best Canadian novels ever. Still great 16 years later. Turner should write the sequel! Captivating use of narrative and film style, which was a first back then, or at least not as overdone as it is now. A huge influence on my own writing. This writing is alive!