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The End of Alice: A Novel af A.M. Homes
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The End of Alice: A Novel (original 1996; udgave 1996)

af A.M. Homes

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En pædofil mand, der har siddet fængslet i 23 år, genoplever sin affære med den lille pige Alice samtidig med, at han brevveksler med en 19-årig pige med samme tilbøjeligheder som ham selv.
Medlem:Akillianna
Titel:The End of Alice: A Novel
Forfattere:A.M. Homes
Info:Scribner (1996), Hardcover, 272 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Exit Alice af A. M. Homes (1996)

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Very well written, even though the subject matter is revolting. Though it was recommended to me as a "book with dark subject matter that will shock you", I wouldn't recommend it to most people I know. That said, I'll definitely pick up another A.M. Homes book. Music for Torching looks intriguing and so I'll give that a go as well. ( )
  JonOwnbey | May 28, 2020 |
Let's just say that all the descriptions of vaginas made me happy I'm gay and not straight. ( )
  mariquon | Jan 7, 2020 |
Only a work of such searing, meticulously controlled brilliance could provoke such a wide range of visceral responses. Here is the incredible story of an imprisoned pedophile who is drawn into an erotically charged correspondence with a nineteen-year-old suburban coed. As the two reveal -- and revel in -- their obsessive desires, Homes creates in The End of Alice a novel that is part romance, part horror story, at once unnerving and seductive.
  Cultural_Attache | Jul 27, 2018 |
When I told my roommate what this novel was all about, she gave me a look filled with disgust and said "I have no idea how you can stomach reading this kind of stuff." In all honesty, I get that look a lot. I don't always read books that are "normal" or "safe". It's not as if I hunt for books that deal with disturbing content, but if I find one and I think the premise is interesting, then I will definitely give it a shot. I think that books dealing with topics that are controversial make you think differently, and it can be useful to hone that ability. Anyways, this is one of those books that is sexual and graphic in nature, so consider this a warning: this book is not for the faint of heart!

My synopsis itself will be brief: This is a story about a pedophile in prison who begins to receive letters from a 19-year old girl who lives in the suburbs. She plans to follow in our pedophile prisoner's footsteps and her letters are erotically charged, showing the way in which she seduces and claims her victim - a 12-year-old boy. The prisoner, on his end, uses this as an opportunity to live vicariously through the girl's actions and recall his own dalliances with little girls.

So. This novel was definitely erotic and it will definitely make you feel uncomfortable. That being said, the prose was not my favorite thing. There were long rambling passages that bored me to tears, and I ended up skimming most of the novel in order to focus on the plot. Most of what was said was unnecessary; this book could definitely have been written in fewer pages/chapters. I thought the letter writing concept was cool and was hoping that the author would actually write out the whole letter for the reader to see. But no, instead we get the pedophile inserting certain parts of the letter, while summarizing the rest; it is also clear that his "summary" isn't just composed of whatever the girl has written but also what he himself has imagined is happening. That was a bit disappointing, as I would have liked to read it from her perspective instead. The overall concept of this novel was interesting but the actual writing of it left me disappointed. If you are expecting something thrilling or shocking, then don't go for this novel; other than making you feel uncomfortable at times, it doesn't do much else. ( )
1 stem veeshee | Jan 29, 2018 |
It feels weird to give a book like this, one with such a horrible subject matter, a five star rating -- but the truth is, Homes did such an excellent job with this. Homes never once shies away from the grotesque, but she never over does it either. There's enough to make anyone squeamish, to be certain, but it's like watching a trainwreck happen; no matter how bitingly, realistically terrible things get (and they do, often), there's a desperate need to see the whole truth of things unearthed. I feel that most people wouldn't be able to stomach this book, but it's fascinatingly disturbing and disgusting insightful, in the best of ways, and definitely worth a read. ( )
2 stem majesdane | Aug 8, 2017 |
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