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Permanent Obscurity: Or a Cautionary Tale of Two Girls and Their Misadventures with Drugs, Pornography and Death
Permanent Obscurity Or a Cautionary Tale of Two Girls and Their Misadventures with Drugs Pornography and Death Author:Richard Perez A youthful bohemian satire, a story of alienated nonconformists, a "girls on the lam" story, a sexploitation and S/M romp. Welcome to the psychosexual world of PERMANENT OBSCURITY. Inspired by the underground sexploitation films of the 1960s, this bold updating of the "roughie" subgenre largely takes place in New York City's East Village (ca. 20... more »06), and it chronicles the rise and fall of a unique and intense relationship. Dolores and Serena, two chemically dependent, down-and-out artists set out to take control of their lives by making a fetish-noir/femdom movie. Of course, things don't exactly turn out as planned.« less
This book was a wild inner city adventure! I normally don't read these type of books, but then I thought why not I might actually enjoy it. Enjoy it I did! It reminded me of the movie Freeway due to the weirdness of it. When I say weird I mean a fun kind of weird that you don't easily find in books.
Dolores Santana and her best friend Serena Moon are as close as close can be. So when Serena ends up owing money to a lot of different people for her favorite street product Dolores is right by her side ready to help her out no matter what the consequences might be.
Together they come up with the perfect idea to bring in the money and pay off all of Serena's debt. A lot of problems arise and I did actually giggle a couple of times. Steak and slapping need I say more! But the story wasn't all fun and silliness it also had a dark side to it. How could it be weird otherwise! If your looking for something different and not sure what to read, I would recommend this book!
Stephanie M. reviewed Permanent Obscurity: Or a Cautionary Tale of Two Girls and Their Misadventures with Drugs, Pornography and Death on
Helpful Score: 4
Permanent Obscurity is an interesting tale of two drug-addicted artists in New York City, searching for a way to make a living, and escape their mounting creditors, through their art. What do they decide to try? Making pornography, of course! After Serena has a rough experience of her own in the business, she and her best friend (and the book's narrator) Dolores set out to make their own fem-dom fetish video.
Of course, things go progressively wrong for the girls. With a slew of characters after them and very little right going for them, the two girls try to make things work any way they can, up to scamming, stealing, and even gun play. Finally, though, they have their equipment, their script, their actors all lined up. It's time to shoot. Now everything will be okay, right? Right?
This is a gritty look at some of New York City's less glamorous aspects, written with humor and style. With a heavy drug and sex content, it may not be to everyone's liking, but the book stops short of being pornographic in its own right. The writing and format of the book make it an interesting read.
Anna V. reviewed Permanent Obscurity: Or a Cautionary Tale of Two Girls and Their Misadventures with Drugs, Pornography and Death on
Helpful Score: 3
Facesitting. That's what his book is about. No lie. Well, it's about more than that. Maybe friendship. And betrayal. And BDSM. And Drugs. The story of Permanent Obscurity is the recounting of a "relationship." That being between Dolores and Serena, two drug abusing women (who often behave like teenagers) and get into trouble over drug money. Perez, the author, writes well: something like a cross between Quentin Tarantino and Hunter S. Thompson. Like Tarantino, his narrative is dialogue heavy, much of it sarcastic and loaded with expletives, which might turn off many. It struck me in reading it -- how cinematic it is and how it would make a great film, with one scene wheeling madly into the next, underscoring the characters insane plummet toward disaster. Though the BDSM or "female domination" content may turn a lot of people off, I found it incredibly funny and in many ways original.
I found this book to be a fun and fast read. I found that it sucked me in and I hated to put it down.
I was particularly drawn to the relationship between the 2 main characters, Serena and Dolores...how they had a bond that was so strong and how they loved each other no matter what wrongs, real or perceived, the other had done. Thus, the "Aftermath" (this novel's equivalent of an epilogue) surprised me in some ways but not in others. After reading the Aftermath, it really made me reevaluate how I had viewed Serena during the course of the novel.
Jennifer R. reviewed Permanent Obscurity: Or a Cautionary Tale of Two Girls and Their Misadventures with Drugs, Pornography and Death on
Helpful Score: 2
Wow, this book was really entertaining! I'm glad I purchased it -- after Amazon recommended it to me based on my shopping history. Essentially its a tabloid story of two mixed up East Village artists -- or wannabe artists -- who fall in way over their heads. Whats to blame? Drugs. It seems theyve pissed off one to many people with unpaid tabs and now they find themselves in deeper and deeper hot water. They set out to make a female domination movie that will pay back their debt, but these two characters cant seem to do a single thing right -- so just guess how that turns out! And just when you think things cant get any worse -- guess what? They do!
The way the author builds the tension and layers the story is impressive. What makes the book so much fun to read is the vulgar protagonist, Dolores. Shes a mixed up, impulsive, foul-mouthed loose cannon; but her friend Serena may even be worse. Going to the authors website mentioned in the back of the book -- I can see the references to Thelma & Louise and other bad girl movies, like Heavenly Creatures.
Its a big novel -- around 450 pages -- but it reads super fast, and this is largely to do with the writing, which is very simple and reminiscent of the gritty writings of Charles Bukowski. The characters are really well drawn too. And the behavior of these characters is unexpected and pretty wild.
So this book is highly recommended. I just finished it and I already feel like reading parts of it again. A+
Other recent books I recommend? Post Office by Charles Bukowski and The Fuck-Up by Arthur Nersessian.
Jessica F. reviewed Permanent Obscurity: Or a Cautionary Tale of Two Girls and Their Misadventures with Drugs, Pornography and Death on
Pretty good, actually. I was surprised by how funny this was. I didn't care that it was full of lesbian stuff and kinky and dirty language. Dolores, in particular, cracked me up. I would definitely recommend it.
Regina G. reviewed Permanent Obscurity: Or a Cautionary Tale of Two Girls and Their Misadventures with Drugs, Pornography and Death on
It's easy to say that this is a story about two "losers" but I hesitate to say this knowing friends who are very much like the characters in this book, Dolores and Serena. Both have a sense of entitlement (Serena especially). Both over-indulge in drug use and anti-social behavior, and finally go too far in alienating everyone around them. This is a satire, yet the situations and dialogue are very real. But I enjoyed this book a lot. This a great book to bring along on a long trip; it's easy to read. Richard Perez can really write. Not exactly like Bukowski, but Bukowski-influenced, you can tell. The dirty parts are fun.
Dianne D. reviewed Permanent Obscurity: Or a Cautionary Tale of Two Girls and Their Misadventures with Drugs, Pornography and Death on + 2 more book reviews
Took me a while to get into, but once I did I couldn't stop reading this wild book. The story is a real blast, about two outcasts, Dolores and Serena, who want no real part of the American dream. Drug abuse seems to cloud their brains, and they enter fetish photography, the find themselves as "filmmakers" trying to make a movie, which leads from one disaster to another. The climax and "aftermath" is wonderful, and I ended up liking the main character, Dolores, even though I hated her in the beginning. Great story.