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ISBN: 0330486195
Author: Paul Golding
Language: English
Publisher: Picador (January 5, 2001)
Category: Contemporary
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 787
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The Abomination chronicles the life of Santiago Moore Zamora, a young man born to a beautiful, emotionally distant Spanish mother and an austere English father.

The Abomination chronicles the life of Santiago Moore Zamora, a young man born to a beautiful, emotionally distant Spanish mother and an austere English father. Adrift in a world of nameless one night stands, living in a London of suffocating hedonism he remembers his early years in Spain and sudden exile to boarding school in England where two proscribed love affairs set him on a course apart.

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Cruising the seamy underbelly of London’s gay scene, James Moore Zamora is as eager to repel men as he is to seduce them

Cruising the seamy underbelly of London's gay scene, James Moore Zamora is as eager to repel men as he is to seduce them. Handsome, sophisticated, intelligent, and vain, beneath his immaculately maintained exterior lies an elaborate network of deeply embedded scars from a lifetime filled with betrayal and isolation.

Next book . The Abomination. 2000) A novel by Paul Golding. Chronicles the life of Santiago Moore Zamora. Adrift in a world of nameless one-night stands, living in a London of suffocating hedonism, Zamora remembers his early years in Spain and sudden exile to boarding school in England, where two proscribed love affairs set him on a course apart. Genre: Literary Fiction. Similar books by other authors.

Paul Golding is the author of two novels, The Abomination (2000) and Senseless (2004) both published by Picador.

The Abomination - Paul Golding. Reading The abomination, the 500+ page debut novel of Paul Golding published in 2000, one wonders whether the title reflects on the content of the book, or on the book itself

The Abomination - Paul Golding. Reading The abomination, the 500+ page debut novel of Paul Golding published in 2000, one wonders whether the title reflects on the content of the book, or on the book itself. This huge novel drags the reader into the life story of its main character, the young (James) Santiago Moore Zamora. The book is divided into four parts, Parts One and Five cover Moore's contemporary life in London, Part Two describes his early youth, Part Three his time at Prep School, and Part Four his time at public school.

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item 4 The Abomination, Golding, Paul, Used; Good Book -The Abomination, Golding, Paul, Used; Good Book. item 5 The Abomination-Paul Golding -The Abomination-Paul Golding. I found myself becoming involved the characters and wanted to find out what happened next. This is not, however, a story for the faint hearted. The descriptions of the sexual encounters are graphic, but honest and central to the narrative. I chose the book because I am interested in the hothouse effect of boarding education, having both attended one as a child and taught in one as an adult.

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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.

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Samulkree
James (Iago), the narrator-main character, is in so many ways an "abomination." Yet he suffers (much of it self-inflicted) as he tries to maintain a gay identity among a variety of persecutors through his youth and, even a bit, today. He will try your patience with some parts of his tale, but the language! If you enjoy following intertwined lines of thought, peppered with humorous and cynical phrases and salted with countless period references through the sixties and seventies' British landscape, this book is a feast!
Quttaro
In this dark but often humorous novel, much of which is set in an English boys' school, the abomination ostensibly here is the one that the narrator's father quotes in a letter to him: the reference from Leviticus of a man lying with a man. Of course the irony is that there has been none of man lying with man here; it's all been men and boys-- more specifically, the narrator's ongoing sexual encounters with teachers at the school. I would argue that more abominable is the attitudes of the parents of the narrator (whose English name is James Moore), each most unattractive in different but unique ways.
More sinned against than sinning, James is the most admirable character in this dense novel of few decent people-- the nanny, a minor character, comes to mind-- a better description would be that he's the least despicable of the main characters. He manages to survive boarding school by his sheer wit and considerable bravado.
Some sections of this very well written novel are extraordinary: the scene in which the narrator dons a flapper dress and shows up at a school dance is quite remarkable. The section near the end of the novel when the narrator rhapsodizes about the brave gay men who came out after Stonewall, many of whom died in the AIDS holocaust, is fine writing and approaches poetry, I think. "We remember them walking with their heads held high against the winds of catastrophe, walking with that special nonchalant grace that so characteriazed them; or their heads thrown up for drama, telling tales of a luminous blue about themselves, about people like us, about the outcast children of Sodom and Gomorrah. Bless you, darling boys; and thank you." This quotation from a passage that goes for several pages and is almost an epiphany made me long for a different ending. But to take the words of the narrator for my own: "I'll get over it, I promise you that much, I swear to it."
Certainly it is the writer's right to take any view he prefers. I'm just mildly disappointed that a writer so young could be so cynical. Shouldn't that be a trait for the middle-aged? I felt a little like Peggy Lee singing "Is That All There Is" upon finishing this novel. Mr. Golding, however, managed to keep me reading this tour de force by the sheer brilliance of his writing.
Kendis
This book would be apalling for many people. The content gets into some risque material, ie man/boy love. However, I had a book group with this book and everyone loved the book. We all thought that he magically pulls off the scenes between the 12 or so year old boy and the adult he interacts with. My friend and I actually agreed that the description even sounded pretty and nice. It's just something you'll have to read to get.

Also, there is not much dialogue, which can drive some people crazy, but I thought the book was great.

I gave it 4 stars because I have a sense it could have been a bit better had this been his 3rd or 4th book.

Once started I didn't wanna put it down.
Xanzay
The considerable flashback (much of the novel) to childhood and adolescent experiences are absorbing and well written. However, I was totally bored by the 'present day' gay sex life narrative. The child is father of the man? Not convinced here.
Samugor
Surprise! Surprise, this book turned out to be a hidden gem; above and beyond any expectations I had for it, which were, I admit, low. Sure, Golding may (partially) be borrowing his style from better-known authors, most obviously Proust, but I can't say he doesn't do a good job of living up to it.

A common complaint about this book seems to be that there is too much description. If you asked me, that's exactly what I loved about it. He's a damn fine writer; why shouldn't he show off his talent? Plot is only everything if you can't do anything else.

As for the Unlikable main character complaint. I loved that Santiago/James was impossible to love-- or more specifically, Golding did an exquisite job of showing how, through circumstance, bad decisions (of his, of others), and other variables, he became someone that even he hated being. It's heartbreaking, when you think about it.

Honestly, the best book I've read in a long time-- and I've been reading some pretty good books.
Ylonean
The Abomination is a lengthy wordy reminiscence of a troubled childhood. Santiago/Iago/James Moore Zamora, an only child, has an English father and Spanish mother and is raised on an unidentified Spanish Island. Sent to a Catholic Boarding School in Northern England, aged 9, James is a misfit and unable to conform to his surroundings: ostracised by the milieu of middle class boys who "send him to Coventry." The content of the book would seem to be part autobiographical/part fiction and the result is an incongruous narrator. The novel starts and ends when James is 35, affluent and living the gay life in London of the 1990's. The majority of this 433 page book is spent on his early childhood, three years at Preparatory School and then five years at The Big School. Other than a fleeting friendship with Clifford, an Ecuadorean, and fellow Boarder, James has no friends apart from, what is the crux of the book, two relationships with Masters. The writing style uses no dialogue and instead the reader is bombarded with lengthy pedantic paragraphs and a plodding narrative taking away any pleasure from reading the text. There were minor inaccuracies as to James age at certain times and the 'Al Capone' incident faintly ridiculous.

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