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The Abomination

by Golding, Paul

  • ISBN: 9780375410550
  • ISBN10: 0375410554

The Abomination

by Golding, Paul

  • List Price: $26.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
  • Publish date: 10/01/2000
  • ISBN: 9780375410550
  • ISBN10: 0375410554
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Description: Santiago Moore Zamora -- alternately called Iago, James, Woman, The Punter -- spent his childhood in the lush paradise of a Spanish island where the responsibility for his upbringing was relegated to nannies and boarding school, while his Spanish mother and English father went about their lives undisturbed by his presence. Somewhere in that past, he believes, may be the seed of the dilemmas of his present: his wish to stop going "on and on and on and on, living endless, unsuspected, undetected, unrequited, single-handed love affairs alone, night after night after night", and his compulsion to continue doing just that.

And so he takes us back into the days of his childhood and we witness the thoughtless cosseting he received from his beautiful mother, and the chilly distance his father maintained between them. He describes the terrors he experienced being packed off to boarding school, where he became an object of scorn and abuse from other boys, and of the furtive sexual longings of two teachers; the dangerous mix of emotions that both situations engendered in him and the strategies he adopted to survive them; his acceptance to Oxford and subsequent break from his parents; and the "odd desire for transgression ... (and) incomprehensible need for corruption" he discovered in himself as a young man much older than his years. Throughout the book, Santiago slowly reveals to us the dark reality of his present life in London, where he is captive to the simultaneous compulsions to both attain and resist total emotional and physical capitulation to another.

"The Abomination" is dense with sensual and psychological detail, with the drama of extreme circumstance and the mundanity ofdeception. Written with sharp and unforgiving intelligence and candor, it starkly illuminates the complex, tortured workings of one man's heart and mind. It is a stunning fiction debut.

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