Vox Hunt: Pure Emotion

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The Shrine at Altamira

John L’Heureux

This book literally rips me apart.  It leaves me broken every time I read it or discuss it.  But it doesn't leave me in despair.  It inspires me to love even more deeply, and especially to love those whose lives are so fucked up.

This is the story of a man who burns his son alive.  It begins with the events leading up to it, and ends with the most important part: the aftermath.  The son doesn't die.  Every character in this book is so damn believable, and you find yourself reaching out in empathy and desperation even to the characters that commit the most horrible acts.  It fills you with horror because you can understand exactly how it happened.  There's no magic wand waving.  You understand the thought processes, and it's scary because the thoughts are so damn common and familiar.

This is probably one of the most fucked up books you'll ever read, but it will probably touch you the deepest.  The ending is horrible, but it's also wonderful at the same time.  Read it if you have the courage to let your heart be broken, and you might find something absolutely incredible.

Read it, and then come back and we'll discuss it.

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  1. Sounds intriguing, I'll put it on my 'to read' list.

  2. It's really good. It teaches you, I think, that there is no such thing as an evil person. People do evil things, yes, but you can never label a man as wholly evil.

  3. sounds gooood!

  4. Sounds a bit like: A Broken God by David Zindell (actually it sounds like a lot of his Requiem For Homosapiens Series).I thoroughly recomend reading this series. I will have to steal your book of you btw :)Simon

  5. It is! Give it a read. 🙂

  6. Thanks for the recommendation, I'll have to look those books up! 🙂

  7. Wow, this sounds very interesting! I just bought it from Amazon. Thanks for joining LCBC too!

  8. Awesome! Be sure to post about it when you read it, so that we can discuss it! At some point we'll probably get around to reading it in the book club that I run, The Analogical Imagination. Right now we're reading Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky, and it's awesome. A lot of back and forth between atheists and Christians, along with witty dialogue and a great story. You should join!

  9. Thanks for the invite; I joined. Strange that searching for 'books' in the Groups didn't show that one, or I would have joined it earlier. I'm going to pick up a copy of Brothers Karamazov today after work.

  10. Awesome! I'm excited to have you! Discussion has been kind of slow…I imagine a lot of people don't want to bother reading a book as long as BK, so maybe we'll get some more people in the next round. But the discussion is pretty lively even with only a few of us participating at the moment. 🙂

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