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  • Paperback
  • 180 pages
  • In the Cut
  • Susanna Moore
  • English
  • 22 March 2017
  • 0452281296

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  1. Delee Delee says:

    4.5 So with the lamps all put out, the moon sunk, and a thin rain drumming on the roof a downpouring of immense darkness began.To the Lighthouse, Virginia WoolfAfter finishing IN THE CUT I set it down and thought for a momentDid that really happen I picked it up again and re read the final pagesYes, yes, it really did I should have knownthere were many clues given I felt like I had been punched in the gut, and that feeling lingered over the next couple of days This story will stay w 4.5 So with the lamps all put out, the moon sunk, and a thin rain drumming on the roof a downpouring of immense darkness began.To the Lighthouse, Virginia WoolfAfter finishing IN THE CUT I set it down and thought for a momentDid that really happen I picked it up again and re read the final pagesYes, yes, it really did I should have knownthere were many clues given I felt like I had been punched in the gut, and that feeling lingered over the next couple of days This story will stay with me for a very looooooong time.Frannie Thorstin the novel s narrator is a divorced 35 year old, living in New York City She teaches a creative writing course at NYU, and is writing a book on dialects and idiomatic language For the most part Frannie prefers her own company to others with one exception Pauline her best friend, who she thinks of as family.The story begins in a bar called The Red Turtle a seedy place that is a favorite spot for both cops and criminals Cornelius Webb Frannie s student is giving her insight into street slang for her book and has asked to meet When Frannie goes in search of the washrooms downstairs she ends up witnessing a sexual act between an unknown red haired woman and a man whose face is concealed in shadow a tattoo of the three of spades on his wrist.Soon after Detective James Malloy comes a calling and Frannie is both instantly attracted and disturbed by the encounter Malloy informs her of a murder that she may know something about The savage murder of a red haired woman who hung out at The Red Turtle And although Frannie is shaken she keeps quiet about what she saw on the night she was there especially after noticing Malloy s tattoo.Although Frannie knows she shouldn t she starts a sexual relationship with Detective Malloy and plunges into a dark unfamiliar world very different from the one she is used toCome at last to this point I look back on my passion And realize that I Have been like a blind man Who is unafraid of the dark IN THE CUT is beautiful and unsettling, ugly and disturbing There is poetry, sex, cruel and brutal men aplenty, and an ending that will haunt your dreams


  2. Evan Evan says:

    In the Cut was made into a movie just a scant few years ago by artsy feminist director Jane Campion, with Meg Ryan the all American girl trying to pull the mid life star comeback and the sexy image changing turn with Oscar bait glum acting chops and the requisite nudity in the role of the language scholar and teacher who succumbs to the pull of the seamy side of NYC Shades of Looking for Mr Goodbar, perhaps.The book, in a nutshell, is about a divorced English teacher in New York, Frannie in In the Cut was made into a movie just a scant few years ago by artsy feminist director Jane Campion, with Meg Ryan the all American girl trying to pull the mid life star comeback and the sexy image changing turn with Oscar bait glum acting chops and the requisite nudity in the role of the language scholar and teacher who succumbs to the pull of the seamy side of NYC Shades of Looking for Mr Goodbar, perhaps.The book, in a nutshell, is about a divorced English teacher in New York, Frannie in the film but unnamed in the book I ll stick with Frannie for ID purposes , whose days involve contending with half illiterate students and whose nights seem a bit dowdy until she sees a sexual act in a bar that ends up making her a potential witness in a murder case She finds herself being visited rather too frequently by a rough hewn police detective, Malloy, whose crudity fascinates her, but who also may be leading her into greater danger.After reading this, I think the material actually works better in film form I like the film, but it, like this book, suffers from a kind of schizophrenia It seems that half the time author Susanna Moore isinterested in exploring arcana such as linguistics her character is contantly pondering and musing over various types of argot , student teacher relations, school politics, social class distinctions and the place of the intelligent working gal and her conflicting sexual feelings in the milieu of postmodern urban alienation Blah blah In the doing so, the crime story of the book gets elongated almost to the point of nonexistence for most of the narrative Frannie as narrator ergo Susanna Moore admitsthan once that she can t stick to the point The book is filled with interminable tangents and digressions that sap the gravitas from a shocking though not entirely unexpected ending that should be powerful, but isn t due to reader lack of interest by that point The dialogues between Frannie and her friend John are incredibly boring and sometimes nonsensical, or just badly written and the doings in the police precinct HQ are listless And I don t understand all the broohaha here among reviewers about the allegedly saucy sex scenes They don t seem particularly unique to me Maybe I m jaded.The upshot is that readers who dig crime fiction are not going to like this very much as a crime thriller, and also means that readers interested in philosophical character studies are going to be annoyed that there is any crime plot at all, especially as it gains momentum again near the finale.Watching the film, I liked all the stuff about the milieu of dark New York and the sensuous urges of the heroine, but was put out when the cheesy crime plot elements intruded in fact, the movie radically changes the ending to an unlikely happy one, but that s Hollywood, folks Reading the book, I appreciated its consideration of issues of female control and sexuality, and a woman s observations about male sexual behavior even when they were sometimes stereotypical Given the thematic ambitions of the book, I m not sure if Moore really wanted to write a crime book, or felt that doing so would give it commercial legs The only really useful thing about the crime plot is that it introduces an element of risk and danger that plays on the conflicting urges of the heroine to be safe and bookish versus daring and sensual.The book has moments of bravura writing, but seems at times also to need tighter editing I sometimes felt that Moore had written lots of notes about people s speech patterns with the intention of shoe horning them into a novel narrative, which at times is how the thing feels while reading it Yes, I realize Frannie is supposed to be writing a dictionary about contemporary slang, but the asides in which she shares some of its contents feel like an intrusion You just want her to get on with the story already The book was interesting enough to continue reading, and there were passages where I was thinking, Why can t she write the rest of this book this well Perhaps I was put off somewhat by Frannie s air of condescension throughout it often made it hard for me to take her and the issues in the book seriously There s a really good novel hiding in this mess It strives, but fails, to find the Platonic form it seeks.I d recommend the movie I think one version of the movie on DVD may offer the alternate original downbeat ending but advise passing on this book, with so many other good reads out there Kr KY, reposted 2016


  3. Linda Strong Linda Strong says:

    Frannie is a school teacher instructing students on how to write She has a love of words and language She s making notes in order to someday write a book right now she s concentrating on street slang.One evening she s in a local bar headed for the basement ladies room She accidentally walks in on a man and a woman during an intimate moment His face is in the shadows but she remembers well the tattoo on his wrist The woman is young, with red hair.Homicide detectives show up asking q Frannie is a school teacher instructing students on how to write She has a love of words and language She s making notes in order to someday write a book right now she s concentrating on street slang.One evening she s in a local bar headed for the basement ladies room She accidentally walks in on a man and a woman during an intimate moment His face is in the shadows but she remembers well the tattoo on his wrist The woman is young, with red hair.Homicide detectives show up asking questions about the latest woman to be murdered in her neighborhood From there, she enters into an explicitly intimate relationship with one of the detectives who has a tattoo on his wrist.This book is not for the faint of heart It s raw, it s dark, it s gritty The intimate times are graphic and vivid Nothing is hidden from the reader Language is harsh and unrelenting IN THE CUT is a well written erotica thriller, with psychological overtones, along with characters and events that literally will have you checking the doors and windows and if you are a woman, will have you taking a second or third look at the men in your lives The ending is sensational never saw it coming


  4. Michael Michael says:

    An intelligent slim sly thriller in which you re never quite sure whether the characters are telling the truth Also an interesting use of first person narration, especially at the end, which I won t reveal, except that it left me saying wow.


  5. Abbie | ab_reads Abbie | ab_reads says:

    gifted orionbooks Sex, murder and linguistics An odd combination for sure and I m not entirely sure how well they tie together in this book I was in the mood for something very fast earlier this week, as being super busy put me in danger of a reading slump In the Cut certainly delivered on that part, as I devoured it in just a few hours..Part crime novel, part erotica, the action in this book never stops except when the protagonist takes a break to muse on linguistic discrepancies gifted orionbooks Sex, murder and linguistics An odd combination for sure and I m not entirely sure how well they tie together in this book I was in the mood for something very fast earlier this week, as being super busy put me in danger of a reading slump In the Cut certainly delivered on that part, as I devoured it in just a few hours..Part crime novel, part erotica, the action in this book never stops except when the protagonist takes a break to muse on linguistic discrepancies and to give updates on the dictionary she s working on It was quite jarring when that happened, even though Moore s writing was clear cut and readable There are also some very steamy scenes so I would not recommend reading this one on the train or tube.It s violent, grim and gritty, the characters are all horrible and make terrible decisions and I couldn t tell if they were intentionally awful or if the book just hasn t aged well I do tend to think it s intentional, that Moore wants her characters to be unlikeable and suffer for it..I saw a lot of comments on the wow factor of the ending, and while it was certainly shocking, I felt a bit let down by the actual reveal..So did I enjoy it Couldn t tell you Was it a compulsive read Absolutely Will I be recommending it I think I ll have to let you all decide for yourselves whether it s a book for you.


  6. Lauren Lauren says:

    Well, that was certainly about 180 pages.Moore s narrator is a creative writing instructor working for a program that specializes in talented, disadvantaged students she s also writing a book on linguistics, specifically on slang, so she spends the novel collecting words It suits her she s acquisitive, curious She wants access and understanding, but she s there to analyze and obsess, not judge.Despite her apparently sedate career, she winds up getting involved in a string of brutal murder Well, that was certainly about 180 pages.Moore s narrator is a creative writing instructor working for a program that specializes in talented, disadvantaged students she s also writing a book on linguistics, specifically on slang, so she spends the novel collecting words It suits her she s acquisitive, curious She wants access and understanding, but she s there to analyze and obsess, not judge.Despite her apparently sedate career, she winds up getting involved in a string of brutal murders while at a bar with a student already a violation of boundaries, so the book shows you early on how she lets the lines get blurred , she goes looking for the bathroom and stumbles in on a man getting a blowjob She s hypnotized by it, especially since the position means that she and the man can see each other though she can t get a good look at his face but the woman doesn t know she s there Something about the man s vibe appeals to her She notices a particular tattoo on his wrist.The woman giving the blowjob then turns up murdered, and the cop who shows up to ask the narrator questions about it has that tattoo on his wrist Now, it would occur to me, to you, and I suspect to anyone, that this brings with it a whole host of concerns, but Moore s narrator focuses entirely on the cop s role in the blowjob and not at all on his possible role in the murder She falls into an erotic obsession with him and they have an awkward, earthy, very explicit affair, while she s swimmy headed with lust and the reader doesn t know who to trust.This is a hard one to review because for much of its length, I wasn t really enjoying it I really admire the way Moore writes about sex and her narrator s obsessive desire for this particular man this is a surprisingly difficult thing to pull off and I can think of multiple writers, all very good, who haven t exactly managed it Moore nails the way the way the pull between the characters is physical in the sense of being rooted in specific details but also the way attraction goes beyond notions of beauty and into somethingelectric and harder to define The sexual thrill and danger work together very well.But for the longest time, nothing else about the novel hangs together for me Partly that s because Moore s story is partly about being driven by impulse, so characters are constantly making decisions that seem poorly motivated it works thematically but is nonetheless annoying But also Moore pushes the dark appeal so far that everything in the novel just seems grimy and incredibly weird, as if the whole world has been pulled into the narrator s vortex of sex and slime Realism slips casually into surrealism and just plain WTF Some samplesCops go through girlfriends like they go through veal cutletsThat s the comparison you reach for I don t even remember the last time I ate a veal cutlet, so I can t even get a good fix on this Are cops notorious for eating a lot of veal cutlets Can they afford that on their salaries Surely beef is cheaperCan you imagine him going into Cartier and ordering it It s not as if they have charms for the termination of pregnancy in the display case Well, perhaps now they do, but they didn t have them in 1956 The charms would have been made especially for himWe re talking here, for the record, about a golden Cartier charm bracelet, a family heirloom the narrator s friend passes onto her the charms are a tiny baby carriage, a telegram, a gold toilet, a kind of poultry bulb baster, and a cocktail shaker that unscrews and turns out to hold a tiny golden baby I mean, this is at least supposed to be weird in the text, but I feel like if I ever encountered something this weird, it would be all I talked about for the next three days.But the all time winner is the following offhanded reference I, who refused for years to let the husband in Paris realize his life s ambition of photographing a scorpion in my vagina.Yeah AS WOULD I.So well handled simmering eroticism, intentionally vulgar and well done sex scenes, a good grasp on the entanglement of sex and danger, and a Highsmith like take on instability and narcissism, all good scorpions in vaginas, bad, inability to persistently see the characters as human beings, also bad But then the last, say, two pages of the novel are such a bravura conclusion, horrifying and exultant, that it permanently colors how I see the book and almost makes me want to bump this up to four stars It s the kind of book you might, therefore, enjoyin retrospect than you enjoy while you re actually reading it Which isn t a bad deal it s less than two hundred pages, so it won t take you long to read, but you ll have the rest of your life to be puzzled and traumatized by it


  7. Ken Ken says:

    In The Cut was a quick read It kept me turning the pages, wanting to know what would happen The main character intrigued me at first And that s about as close as I can get to praise for this book.If you can stomach gruesome, twisted violence and enjoy analyzing it on a symbolic or literary level, then you may appreciate this bookthan I I don t think this book had anywhere near enough to say, however, to justify its sickening level of brutality.At its heart, this is a mediocre whodunit In The Cut was a quick read It kept me turning the pages, wanting to know what would happen The main character intrigued me at first And that s about as close as I can get to praise for this book.If you can stomach gruesome, twisted violence and enjoy analyzing it on a symbolic or literary level, then you may appreciate this bookthan I I don t think this book had anywhere near enough to say, however, to justify its sickening level of brutality.At its heart, this is a mediocre whodunit A good mystery of this type gives us several plausible suspects, each with motive, each keeping us guessing I guess that Susanna Moore wasn t up to the task, so instead she gives us red herrings clues that mean nothing characters who are under suspicion simply because they always seem to be showing up for no good reason a revelation at the end that is disappointing in its lack of connection to what the reader already knows.Moore apparently sees nothing good in female sexuality It seems to me that she is portraying women as victims of their own uncontrollable urges, blinded by sex Weak because of it That s a sad perspective to take.I don t mind violence in a book or movie when it serves a purpose Instead, here, it is both the means and the end.Again, I m sure that some readers will get off on analyzing this book in terms of symbols the narrator symbolizes this her use of language tells us that about the human condition But the main character, who starts off so refreshingly different, never gets fully developed The other characters are caricatures, there only to play out their role As someone who prefers to read about people rather than mere cyphers, and who doesn t appreciate graphic violence without a strong story to support it, In The Cut doesn t make the cut


  8. Roman Clodia Roman Clodia says:

    One of the things that interests me about sex is that it is a conspiracy of improvised myths Very effective in evoking forbidden or hidden wishes I hadn t realised I had so many of them until I met Jimmy Malloy A tight, taut, terrifying tale that shimmers with an oppressive sense of risk and danger as clever Frannie with her intellectual interests in language and her penchant for perilous, unsafe sex finds herself followed by various men while a misogynistic serial killer is at work in NewOne of the things that interests me about sex is that it is a conspiracy of improvised myths Very effective in evoking forbidden or hidden wishes I hadn t realised I had so many of them until I met Jimmy Malloy A tight, taut, terrifying tale that shimmers with an oppressive sense of risk and danger as clever Frannie with her intellectual interests in language and her penchant for perilous, unsafe sex finds herself followed by various men while a misogynistic serial killer is at work in New York Moore is brilliant at creating a voice for her narrator and takes narrative risks herself, not least in the disturbingly wow ending Acute on the permeable boundaries between eroticism and violence, on how power is gendered and subverted through the sexual, this also insists that brutality against women is both physical and ideological disarticulated is the term used to describe the maiming of female bodies, a word which also carries within it an image of women made voiceless and mute.Sharp, smart and focused, this is both a critique of all those slasher thrillers that make currency out of violated female bodies while at the same time probing the complicities implied by the popularity of the genre with female readers


  9. Blair Blair says:

    Susanna Moore s In the Cut is a strange and lucid thriller, vividly atmospheric, feverish and oppressively sinister Frannie is a linguist and teacher, divorced and living alone in New York she teaches creative writing to disadvantaged but gifted students and is also compiling a dictionary of local slang, excerpts from which pepper the narrative At the beginning of the story, she goes to a bar with a male student an act she feels uncertain about from the start and, while looking for the to Susanna Moore s In the Cut is a strange and lucid thriller, vividly atmospheric, feverish and oppressively sinister Frannie is a linguist and teacher, divorced and living alone in New York she teaches creative writing to disadvantaged but gifted students and is also compiling a dictionary of local slang, excerpts from which pepper the narrative At the beginning of the story, she goes to a bar with a male student an act she feels uncertain about from the start and, while looking for the toilet, she stumbles into the bar s basement and catches a handsome man getting a blowjob from a beautiful redheaded woman The same woman later turns up dead, and Frannie, having frequented the bar, becomes caught up in the police investigation into the murder Said investigation is led by an attractive but menacing detective named Malloy, who Frannie is drawn to but who she also due to a distinctive tattoo on his wrist suspects of being the man in the basement.The story is set in the New York of the early 1990s, but it s hard to believe it s not taking place in an earlier era when you consider the attitudes of the characters Although Frannie herself is an intelligent and independent woman, she s surrounded by racism, misogyny, homophobia, violence against women and constant intimidating behaviour from men Aside from physical attraction, it s difficult to understand why she would want to get involved with the brutish Malloy The sex scenes in the book are uncomfortable not because their content is particularly explicit, but because there is an underlying brutality and violence to them, a sense of threat, which is deeply disturbing The climax of the story is horrendously gruesome, but it also chucks in a twist regarding the identity of the killer which I found unforgivably obvious and lazy The shock value of the ending feels like a convenient smokescreen for the weakness of the plot view spoiler Cornelius always hanging around is a too easy red herring killing off Frannie s best friend is a lazy move, as is the reveal of the other detective can t remember his name not a good sign as the murderer, especially since he has the same tattoo as Malloy and Frannie doesn t notice this until the very end, despite meeting him on numerous occasions hide spoiler In the Cut isn t much cop ha as a murder mystery, but it is filled with suspense not because you are caught up in the question of who the killer is, but simply because its depictions of everyday life and relatively normal activities are so tense and loaded with a constant aura of peril It s been called sensual by a number of reviewers but while it is certainly sexual it is, in my opinion, much too dark and menacing to be called sensual too soft a word for this book Moore is a powerful writer and the palpable atmosphere she creates, pulsing off every page, is by far the strongest and most memorable thing about the novel


  10. Trish Trish says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I assume that in the film version of this, Meg Ryan doesn t get her nipple cut off.I read this out of curiosity, because the movie got generally poor reviews, and I wondered if the book was better.Plot summary A single woman living in New York does many stupid things, and then dies.Really That s it I can t even begin to list all of the ways this book didn t make sense to me Maybe there really are people who move through life in such a dreamlike haze, and maybe their friends get decapitated a I assume that in the film version of this, Meg Ryan doesn t get her nipple cut off.I read this out of curiosity, because the movie got generally poor reviews, and I wondered if the book was better.Plot summary A single woman living in New York does many stupid things, and then dies.Really That s it I can t even begin to list all of the ways this book didn t make sense to me Maybe there really are people who move through life in such a dreamlike haze, and maybe their friends get decapitated and they get sliced by serial killer cops, but what am I, the poor reader, to take away from all this The book is like a twisted fable, and the moral is either don t talk to strange men In fact, don t talk to any men or maybe it s tell the truth and you won t get dead or possibly enough with the erotic adventures Look out for that knife or maybe just don t be so damn stupid


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In the Cut[BOOKS] ✬ In the Cut By Susanna Moore – Buyprobolan50.co.uk By day, Frannie teaches her writing students about irony and language in all its nuance, eccentricity, and unspoken meaning By night, she compiles a secret dictionary of street slang and takes chances By day, Frannie teaches her writing students about irony and language in all its nuance, eccentricity, and unspoken meaning By night, she compiles a secret dictionary of street slang and takes chances One night in the basement of a bar she walks in on an intimate moment between a man and a woman The man s face is shadowed in the darkness, but she will forever remember the tattoo on the inside of his left wrist the feeling of his eyes on her She will remember long after the first brutal murder rocks her neighborhood long In the MOBI :º after she is propelled into a sexual liaison that tests the limits of her safety and desires, as she begins a terrifying descent into the dark places that reside deep within her Newly repackaged in its first trade paperback edition, In the Cut is a masterfully written thriller that will keep readers tense with its mounting sense of terror.


About the Author: Susanna Moore

Susanna Moore is the author of the novels One Last Look, In the Cut, The Whiteness of Bones, Sleeping Beauties, and My Old Sweetheart, which won the Ernest Hemingway Foundation PEN Award for First Fiction, and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters Her nonfiction travel book, I Myself Have Seen It, was published by the National Geographic Society in She lives in New York City.