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The Abomination

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A fierce, powerful first novel--disturbing and darkly humorous--that tells of an extraordinary life lived first in innocence, then in alienation and defiance and, finally, in anger.

Santiago Moore Zamora believes he can find somewhere in his past the seeds of the warring impulses--ecstasy and despair, desire and revulsion, connection and isolation--that torment him now. An...more
Hardcover, 433 pages
Published October 24th 2000 by Knopf (first published March 24th 2000)
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Veronica Preiss
The first and last parts were almost too much for me - male homosexuality in graphic detail through an insecure and paranoid first person narrator. But the middle section, a vivid, bold and challenging description of his life during his boarding school years is easier to stomach, despite depicting child molestation in increasing intensity. Sexual aspects aside, the novel provides insight into the torments of being 'different'.
Oct 28, 2008 Shannon marked it as to-read
Another Chip Kidd cover. AWESOME.
Somehwere between a 3 and a 4. I am still wavering about which one it is closer to.
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