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The Abomination

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  118 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Cruising the seamy underbelly of London’s gay scene, James Moore Zamora is as eager to repel men as he is to seduce them. Handsome, sophisticated, intelligent, and vain, beneath his immaculately maintained exterior lies an elaborate network of deeply embedded scars from a lifetime filled with betrayal and isolation. Born to negligent, self-absorbed parents and raised among ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 14th 2002 by Vintage (first published January 1st 2000)
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Veronica Preiss
Jun 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2010
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'.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a difficult book to read, and not just because of the subject matter. What I found most fascinating was how adept Golding is at showing the way emotionally vulnerable children are taken advantage of my molesters. James is preyed upon by the priests at his British boarding schools because they knew he was the kind of child who would mistake their crimes for affection and wouldn't expose their criminal behavior. At times The Abomination rambles and a good editor probably could have cut 10 ...more
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Drope-dead gorgeous prose and bracingly confronting subject matter, my only real quibble was that it felt a bit long-winded at times, but it's clearly his love of language which prevents him from pruning it back, which is easy to forgive.
May 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
I found the book very prosy, and I kept hoping that I would finish it. Thank God I read it in an e-book format, so I didn't have to look up all of the words which nobody I know ever uses.
Oct 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Very disturbing
Oct 28, 2008 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Another Chip Kidd cover. AWESOME.
Jan 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: failed
Gave up after a few pages and a few random checks further in to see if it improved at all. Not for me. All the makings of a vile read.
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