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by Paul Golding
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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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'.
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