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The End of Alice by A. M. Homes

The End of Alice (1996)

by A. M. Homes

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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. ( )
  majesdane | Aug 8, 2017 |
Let's just say that all the descriptions of vaginas made me happy I'm gay and not straight. ( )
  bo18 | Jan 18, 2016 |
The blurb of this book initially caught my attention, but by the time I was halfway through, I was sure I'd be too disgusted to finish. It is graphic, yes, but once I read past that to the underlying emotional story, I was hooked. The end of the book was absolutely amazing. After reading the final sentence, I had to sit back and let it all sink in. My mind needed time to absorb the details, untangle the web, and completely enjoy the story that had just been told to me. This book is unforgettable. ( )
  howifeelaboutbooks | Nov 4, 2015 |
Incredibly disturbing. ( )
  chive | May 17, 2015 |

I just thought I should make that (the above) very clear.It starts out innocently enough a letter to a prisoner. But then the story evolves into something terrible, horrible. And lots of gruesome. Have I made it clear? This book is about a pedophile. A old one in prison and a new one...free. Your asking why did you read this? I do not know. I though "oh it is less than 300 pages, it should be a quick read and it will be like a Dateline episode". Well, it was a quick read; once I started this was not something I wanted lingering around. You could have put it down you say. I could have. But I chose not to. The subject (at one point I considered vomiting) is repulsive. It is not something we should look away from. Hide from. Not talk to our children about. IGNORE. It is scary.

the fact the author chose to make the object of one sexual predator a boy hits home, I have a boy

And it it not a nice clean sanitized Dateline episode. This is raw in your face sexual violence. This folks is the sad reality. It made me think of the documentary I watched on PBS about the camps of pedophiles in the woods in Florida.

One blurb on my book calls this a "love story". The Los Angeles times can FUCK OFF. Love story?! That is not okay. This is absolutely not a love story. Not at all. And if we fool ourselves into thinking that well, I am scared for all of us.

About the book, the writing you ask? I can say it was well done. I am not sure that I would really recommend this anyone I know. I advise to read at your own risk. I have nothing to offer. I feel like bathing in bleach after this one.

And yes. I gave it a high rating. It was thought provoking. Made me want to vomit. Made me want to educate my child better. These are the monsters we should worry about. The ones that walk among us. In order to know them better we cannot ignore them. We owe our children that.

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  jaddington | Feb 16, 2015 |
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The narrator is Chappy, a pedophile who's been locked up in Sing Sing for 23 years. The tale alternates between Chappy's own story (both outside and inside of prison), and letters he receives from a 19-year-old girl who knows of Alice's fate and wants to start playing with 12-year-old boys. The girl's letters disturb Chappy, bringing his memories vividly to the fore. In prose that is both lyrical and horrifyingly direct, A.M. "Amy" Homes takes us into the minds of the correspondents. Chappy is bright, analytical, and reminiscent of Nabokov in the way he talks about his "Lolita." But the sex is graphic and often bizarre, and the author's tone is chilly, so it's not a book to be picked up lightly. As Daphne Merkin writes in the New York Times, it's a "splashy, not particularly likable book whose best moments are quietly observed and whose underlying themes are more serious than prurient."

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A novel narrated by a Humbert Humbert-like character, Chappy, a voyeur and murderer with a taste for young girls, who corresponds with a college student who has a passion for young boys.

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