The Abomination

A fierce, powerful first novel disturbing and darkly humorous that tells of an extraordinary life lived first in innocence, then in alienation and defiance and, finally, in anger Santiago Moore Zamora believes he can find somewhere in his past the seeds of the warring impulses ecstasy and despair, desire and revulsion, connection and isolation that torment him now AnA fierce, powerful first novel disturbing and darkly humorous that tells of an extraordinary life lived first in innocence, then in alienation and defiance and, finally, in anger Santiago Moore Zamora believes he can find somewhere in his past the seeds of the warring impulses ecstasy and despair, desire and revulsion, connection and isolation that torment him now And so he unfurls the memories of his childhood the paradisiacal Spanish island where his upbringing was relegated to a series of nannies while his beautiful, thoughtlessly affectionate mother and his rigid, distant father went about their lives undisturbed by his presence his exile as a young child to an English boarding school, where he was an object of his classmates abuse, and of the furtive sexual longings of two teachers his father s extreme censure when the realities of Santiago s life were revealed He recounts the dangerous mix of emotions engendered in him by the cruel scorn and skewed affection alternately directed at him the strategies he adopted to survive them and the odd desire for transgression and incomprehensible need for corruption he discovered in himself as an adolescent and knows intimately as an adult.Dense with sensual and psychological detail, written with an elegant precision of language and sharp, unforgiving intelligence and candor, The Abomination is a stunning literary debut.
The Abomination A fierce powerful first novel disturbing and darkly humorous that tells of an extraordinary life lived first in innocence then in alienation and defiance and finally in anger Santiago Moore Zamora

  • Title: The Abomination
  • Author: Paul Golding
  • ISBN: 9780375410550
  • Page: 308
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Abomination”

    1. 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'.

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. 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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