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The end of Alice (original 1996; edition 1996)

by A. M. Homes

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Title:The end of Alice
Authors:A. M. Homes
Info:New York : Scribner, c1996.
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:child molester, child murder, sexuality, experimental fiction

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A story about pedophilia - not your everyday fare.

Homes does a great job with disturbing imagery. The subject matter is uncomfortable, the writing is very well done: a good book for those looking for something dark. ( )
  Pharis | Feb 18, 2014 |
Couldn't even make it to the 50-page mark in this book. ( )
  pdebolt | Oct 17, 2011 |
Horrifying, disgusting and harrowing tale of two paedophiles with a pen-pal relationship, where the incarcerated fifty-something plays the ever encouraging teacher to his nineteen year old pupil, who finds herself lusting after a twelve year old neighbourhood boy. The various descriptions of rape, child molestation and sadomasochistic perversions make it almost unbearable at times, especially when realising that these types of situations happen every day.

It pains me to hear this novel being compared to Nabokov's Lolita, as I revere it as one of my favourite pieces of literature. There were definitely times where I felt that Homes was trying very hard to recreate this masterpiece, and I can clearly say that regardless of her clever wordplay she was severely lacking in this respect. I did find her writing to be captivating at times, and for this I will try more of her work. Hopefully it will be just that, of her own creation and not a poor attempt at revisiting someone else's.

Ultimately I feel that this book sensationalizes the sexual abuse of minors, and could probably serve as pornography for the sexual psychopaths that need no encouragement. I'm all for shock value and how it forces us to think, I just don't see how thinking about these atrocities in their gory details helps the issue, and feel that in fact it may just recruit more perverts along the way.
  PamelaReads | Aug 5, 2011 |
I really liked "The End of Alice" by A.M. Homes. I think that it was well written, and the time that it took him to write this book wasn't put to waste. It's sexual, and it enthralling. I think that this book deserves 3 and a half stars because of how slow the book went. When you're reading it, you want to skip ahead to get to the letter writing between Chappy, and the nineteen year old girl. ( )
  lanajo | May 23, 2010 |
Horrifying, disgusting and harrowing tale of two paedophiles with a pen-pal relationship, where the incarcerated fifty-something plays the ever encouraging teacher to his nineteen year old pupil, who finds herself lusting after a twelve year old neighbourhood boy. The various descriptions of rape, child molestation and sadomasochistic perversions make it almost unbearable at times, especially when realising that these types of situations happen every day.

It pains me to hear this novel being compared to Nabokov's Lolita, as I revere it as one of my favourite pieces of literature. There were definitely times where I felt that Homes was trying very hard to recreate this masterpiece, and I can clearly say that regardless of her clever wordplay she was severely lacking in this respect. I did find her writing to be captivating at times, and for this I will try more of her work. Hopefully it will be just that, of her own creation and not a poor attempt at revisiting someone else's.

Ultimately I feel that this book sensationalizes the sexual abuse of minors, and could probably serve as pornography for the sexual psychopaths that need no encouragement. I'm all for shock value and how it forces us to think, I just don't see how thinking about these atrocities in their gory details helps the issue, and feel that in fact it may just recruit more perverts along the way.

Check out more of my reviews at BookSnakeReviews ( )
  PeachyTO | Apr 7, 2010 |
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A stopped clock is right twice a day. -Lewis Carroll
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Who is she that she should have this afflicted addiction, this oddly acquired taste for the freshest of flesh, to tell a story that will start some of you smirking and smiling, but that will leave others set afire determined this nightmare, this horror, must stop.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0684827107, Paperback)

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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