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The End of Alice by A.M. Homes
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did not like it
bookshelves: mainstreamlitfic

Ok, I get Lolita. I get American Psycho (even think it might be a work of genius). I don't get this one. Yet another exploration of the mindset of a truly sick fuck. Sections of this book are just gross beyond belief. Ok, it's well described (but I can't even say the prose uplifts or illuminates or sheds understanding in any way -- nor does anything stick because it's a phrase that just had to be written). The content though -- if you're looking for something that sickens you to the stomach, this one will do the trick.

If A.M. Homes is hoping to skirt as close to the line between literature and pornographic filth, this one is a tour de force, it comes dangerously close.

The final rolldown to credits...it's as if Homes herself can no longer abide her monster. The last section of what happened with Alice is told in warp speed.

My humble opinion ---- if you're going to write about totally sick subject matter (one that might give the sick whacks out there a few good ideas), you'd better damn well blow me away with something worth my time (not this mediocre attempt at literary apotheosis).

Feel free to disagree -- frankly, I'd love to hear a different opinion. What an absolute waste of time this was.
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July 12, 2007 – Shelved
April 21, 2008 – Shelved as: mainstreamlitfic

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message 1: by John (new) - rated it 1 star

John Ryan Amen. I just gave up on this book. I don't get it.


Elaine Hiya John, thanks for leaving a comment. Sadly, I think we are in the minority about this one. :-)


Lectus Totally put me to sleep.


Megan I think you might be to focused on the subject matter to see anything beyond that. This is by far one of my favorite books! I picked it up by chance at a second hand book store. I like books that push the envelope of what is acceptable in our little "if I don't acknowledge it, it doesn't exist" world. But beyond the content, the book is written so very well! The character development by the author to the sentences that give you chills because they are formed well, and can tell you so much in a just a few words! I was disappointed that her other works were not like this one. In a country of mothers, that book drug and drug! The mistress daughter, even though it was an autobiography couldn't really hold my attention either. But I think if you can get beyond the subject matter if the book, it is a very well written and excellent read!


April What bothers me the most is that people keep comparing this author and her characters to Nabokov and his characters. This woman can't hold a light to Nabokov. I agree that it borders on pornography, and the voice of this book was pretentious. This was one of the worst books I've ever read. What a joke.


Cathy (cathepsut) I never read Lolita, because the movie bores me to tears. I am about halfway through End of Alice, and while I am not bored, it doesn't grab me either. Endless retrospective blabla, overly verbose and even the fairly gross sex scenes are too clinical to get a real reaction out of me. I am set on fonishing this, but it will involve skimming...


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