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The End Of Alice [Paperback]

A.M. Homes
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Book Description

Feb. 18 1997
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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The narrator is Chappy, a pedophile who's been locked up in Sing Sing for 23 years for the rape and decapitation of 12-year-old Alice. The tale alternates between Chappy's own story (both outside and inside of prison), and letters he receives from a 19-year-old girl who knows of Alice's fate and wants to start playing with 12-year-old boys. The girl's letters disturb Chappy, bringing his memories vividly to the fore. In prose that is both lyrical and horrifyingly direct, A.M. "Amy" Homes takes us into the minds of the correspondents. Chappy is bright, analytical, and reminiscent of Nabokov in the way he talks about his "Lolita." But the sex is graphic and often bizarre, and the author's tone is chilly, so it's not a book to be picked up lightly. As Daphne Merkin writes in the New York Times, it's a "splashy, not particularly likable book whose best moments are quietly observed and whose underlying themes are more serious than prurient."

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In this deeply disturbing novel, Homes (In a Country of Mothers, LJ 8/93) seems to be attempting to create as repulsive a protagonist as possible-a nameless pedophile serving his 23rd year at Sing Sing. Alongside his narrative is the tale of a 19-year-old college coed obsessed by a preteen boy. A large part of the novel centers on the half-real, half-imagined ties that develop between the convict and the college student as a result of her increasingly graphic letters to him. The rest is a reminiscence of his affair with a 12-year-old seductress named Alice that ends in her gruesome murder. Deliberately shocking and confrontational, Homes's purpose seems to be to force the reader into a kind of Dostoevskian identification with the blackest and most perverse elements of human nature. An optional purchase for larger libraries.
Lawrence Rungren, Bedford Free P.L., Mass.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Undercooked and overrated Aug. 6 2003
I would have to disagree with most of the other reviewers, who seem to be divided about equally into the "it's shocking, so it must be good" and the "it's shocking, so it must be bad" camps. Instead I would suggest a third "it's kinda but not really shocking, and even if it sometimes is, so what?" camp.
Even on the level of pure prose, an aspect of the book most readers seem to agree is terrific, isn't really. Instead Homes presents an overblown and overwritten first-person narrative (by the killer) written in a silly and juvenile style I wouldn't have thought possible for any serious writer over the age of 20. Homes fails on every level in making the killer credible or believable as a character, especially a male character, yet still focuses on the killer's backstory instead of the much more interesting but disappointingly underdeveloped story of the girl he corresponds with (filtered through his psyche and mostly or entirely imagined by him). The post-modern narrative tricks are distracting and not very illuminating, more clever than smart, and even the ratio of genuine shocks to limp shock-for-its-own-sake ones, which can be credited only to Homes' constant grandstanding, is extremely unfavorable to say the least. The only reason this one gets three stars is because the girl's story really had some merit and (squandered) potential.
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It's hard to know how to write a review of such a strange and disturbing book. I can start with the "abouts." It's about a convicted pedophile and killer who has been in prison in upstate New York for twenty-three years, a deeply bent personality, but also a tragic figure. He's nameless, an untrustworthy narrator with a confused memory of events and a sometimes very shaky grasp on reality. It's also about Alice, his twelve-year-old victim, who may have been to some extent complicit in her own death -- if the narrator's tale is to be believed. And it's about a college girl, also nameless, who corresponds with the prisoner, describing her own pedophilic activities and asking his advice -- although it's unclear how much of what she tells him actually happened, how much is her imagination, and how much is simply *his* imagination. Homes does an astonishing job of leading the reader to question what "normal" really means, and her masterful control of the narrative brings out the distasteful depths of all the characters. There are no "heroes" in this book, believe me -- not even the narrator when he wreaks a satisfying revenge on a tormentor in the shower. In many ways, to many readers, this will be a horror story, but the truly horrifying thing is that it could very easily all be true.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Skilled Seduction Feb. 6 2002
By Suze
A.M. Homes has accomplished something remarkable here. She has unflinchingly examined the dual taboos of pedophilia and childhood sexuality without ever bringing her hand to our eyes to block out these truths: An adult might seduce a willing child. A child might seduce a hesitant adult. Without passing judgment, this recognition of the odd fantastical world of prepubescent sexuality is stunning. Ms. Homes does not deal in stereotypes and caricatures here; she creates complex, fully-fashioned individuals, each with their own quirks and reasons, each with a unique psychology driving them.
The End of Alice may be the most horrifying not in its final and bloody depiction of the title, but in its success in allowing the reader to sympathize - even momentarily - with a creature as sickening as a pedophile. It is hard to read about a sociopath as a whole person. It is hard to get into the grey areas of the world, to slide from the easy black and white of wrong and right. But here you have it: the monster as man, the monster as teenage girl, the monster as someone you smile at on the street. The monster in you.
After multiple reads over the past five years, this book still holds me fascinated - by its subject, by its skill, and by the poetry in Homes' language. This isn't exactly a pleasant read, but it will shake you in a way you may not have been shaken before - and it is worth it.
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Sometimes it is necessary for one person to look at and analyze the darker elements of our human condition, ensuring that we as a mass populous are able to understand it better. A.M. Homes is that person who examines dark elements for us, and is that person who may just become VERY successful in doing so.
The End of Alice is written in a very silky, and laid out fashion. The jumps from the narrator Chappy's story (both while incarcerated and while he was free) and his 19-year-old wannabe protege are cinematic to the point that a reference to the great work of Oliver Stone may be suiting. However, the changes occur without disruption in the flow of the overall story, which to me, is the sign of an excellent writer.
Alice deals with some very heavy social issues, and I feel that I should place a disclaimer on this book, in case there are those who may be offended easily. There is a great deal of descriptive sexual relations scene, which just go one step smutty, and are deliberatly shocking to us. ALso, keep in my mind, the relationship between Chappy and his protege is an intellectual one, where a student wants to learn the motivation for pedophilism from another.
Putting the subject matter aside, Homes weaves a surrealistic dreamworld for us to get lost in, and does a brilliant job in doing so. I would definetly recommend this to any reader who can handle the matter, and is up for the challenge.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good way
I really enjoyed this book. It is the first book I've read of AM Homes. I am not even sure what else she has written. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2009 by A. Mabley
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book
Skip the reviews that say things like, 'great if you have an open mind.' All you need is a love for literature, a good story, and brilliant writing. Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2007 by Reader and Writer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great if you have an open mind
The End of Alice went above and beyond what I expected when I read the summary. It is very descriptive and not for the faint of heart or those unwilling to accept that criminals... Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2006 by Brandy
1.0 out of 5 stars Repulsive, Textual Vomit
If Hannibal Lechter were to pen a cheap Harlequin romance novel, this is would be the outcome. The author's overuse of ridculous adjectives and graphic sexual deviance does... Read more
Published on June 14 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense Drama
The End of Alice is not for everyone; especially those off-put by racy subject matter. Homes has a natural ease with which she writes about the most perverse (and at the same time... Read more
Published on May 29 2004 by Allison
2.0 out of 5 stars Product of a Childish Mind
It's a childish book. As I made my way through all the vomit, semen, bowel movements, scabs, etc., I was reminded of how scandalized children are by bodily secretions, and yet how... Read more
Published on March 19 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars nothing new or spectacular
a note of warning, when hearing the words "shocking", "spectacular", "erotic" and the likes from the literati, immediately flee to the next book. Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2004 by Literary Drunkass
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Book I Have Ever Read In My Life
This is the most revolting, disjointed, lean story there is. It seems to me that the author relies heavily on shock and leaves the story bare and lean. Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars You have to wonder...3 1/2 stars
...The premise of this book is weird--a 19 yr old girl with a crush on a 12-yr-old boy writes to a man who raped and killed little girls. Read more
Published on April 9 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite disturbing
This book is a very disturbing story but is well written. I have read and will be reading other books by this author as her style is unique. Not a book for the faint of heart.
Published on Dec 17 2002 by AnjeleJ
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