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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (Feb. 18 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684827107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684827100
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.3 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Paikov on Aug. 6 2003
Format: Paperback
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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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. The writing is brilliant and holds the reader throughout the entire novel. The way she flip flops between Chappy and the girl he corresponds with whilst sitting in jail is a brilliant concept. A few things will be said about Chappy and what's going on in jail or his story about Alice, and right when it comes to an area you would like to more about it would switch to a kind of sub chapter about the life of the girl he is corresponding with, and vice-versa. I hope that makes sense, in other words it's like watching a good television series that continually ends every episode with a cliff hanger. It makes the reader never want to put the book down, at least that's the effect it had on me. I would give it 5 stars and the only reason I didn't is because I think it ended a little too soon with little detail about what happened...I thought it would be a bit more drawn out in the end. You have to read to know what I am talking about. Great book though, and I highly recommend it!!
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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 are, in fact, people too. Homes does an excellent job of letting the reader into the mind of a convicted child molester and murderer. I applaud her for her research on this novel as I would imagine it takes quite the talent to complete a book like this one. This book is definately for only the very open-minded reader. It is vulgar and often times disgusting in its description, but if you enjoy exploring new and very off the wall avenues when you choose your reading material I definately recommend this book.
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By A Customer on June 14 2004
Format: Paperback
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 absolutely nothing to create any semblance of a story. These characters are so ridiculously pathological that I found myself actually laughing out loud. Scab eating? Oh, please. Why didn't the author throw in a farting contest as well?
Not too mention the sexual shock factor is littered with phrases like "moony mounds", "loving piles" and "milky brown suede." Hey readers! There is more rear-action than a Super Bowl Tailgate party. Absolutely nothing redeeming about this book. It is gross, infantile and just plain ridiculous. Pass the vomit basin!
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By Allison on May 29 2004
Format: Paperback
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 normal) things that people go through. I would say it's a hard feat to achieve, writing about the life of an aging pedophile in prison or a young girl following in his footsteps on the otherside using such detail and intimacy, as if you could've been them in another life.
I rarely read such horrible things written so beautifully and eloquently. The pedophile's thoughts and letters are very intelligent, lending a side to criminals that tends to be pushed to the back; that not all of them are mindless brutes. As many people have said, this is like a twisted, darker version of Lolita and it's well worth such praise. I highly recommend it to anyone wishing to engage themselves beyond the normal criminal/victim dramas.
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By A Customer on March 19 2004
Format: Paperback
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 thrilling they find it all too. You keep hoping you'll find at least an occasional moment of wit among the secretions (a la Swift in Gulliver's Travels), but they just keep pouring forth, monotonously. This is how A.M. Homes "shocks": not with ideas but with snot and pus.
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