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The End Of Alice de A.M. Homes
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The End Of Alice (original: 1996; edição: 1997)

de A.M. Homes (Autor)

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From the 2013 Orange Prize-winning author of May We Be Forgiven. 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.… (mais)
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Título:The End Of Alice
Autores:A.M. Homes (Autor)
Informação:Scribner (1997), Edition: Reprint, 272 pages
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The End of Alice de A. M. Homes (1996)

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I think it goes without saying that this book is disturbing--it's meant to be. You aren't supposed to agree with the protagonist or even like who he is, but I think you are supposed to see where he comes from and what happened to make him the way he is. The End of Alice is incredibly well written, so it's obvious that Homes has some serious skills. I'm not going to reccommend this book to anyone, as I think you have to be in a certain frame of mind to read it. Next time you want to read something dark and literary, however, consider picking it up. ( )
  taimoirai | Jun 25, 2021 |
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. ( )
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From the 2013 Orange Prize-winning author of May We Be Forgiven. 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.

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