Dirty Pretty Things by Michael Faudet was definitely an interesting read. I discovered the book through an Orion Carloto’s youtube video and the style seemed quite similar to Orion’s own book ‘Flux’ and Rupi Kaur’s books as well. Since I’ve recently became obsessed with that style of poetry, it was only fitting that I moved on to Faudet’s book.
The author has a couple more books I want to read – Bitter Sweet Love and Smoke & Mirrors are next on my wishlist – but I started with the loved Dirty Pretty Things.
After my previous reads of the same style of books I wasn’t quite expecting the book to be so… graphic. I adored it still, but Michael makes Rupi’s honest harsh writing seem delicate and pure. If you’ve read the book, I guess you can gather what I’m trying to explain here. If you don’t know his work then I must warn you that you ought to be fairly comfortable with some raunchy readings, to put it nicely. I wouldn’t say that it’s cheap, but it’s definitely vivid. Michael is not
always here for your thoughtful metaphors, he often tells it like it is. With that being said, I do have to painfully admit that Faudet’s often falls into some expected cliches that don’t always work with me. But I’m still interested enough to order a few more books from him. Is was an easy, uncomplicated read, after all.
The book also got me interested in Lang Leav, Michael’s partner and fellow writer, who wrote a sweet note at the beginning of the book, so my next order will be something from her.