An Absolute Gentleman

An Absolute Gentleman

R.M. Kinder / Jan 28, 2020

An Absolute Gentleman This novel channels serial murderer Arthur s real voice to reveal the aberrant thought processes of a surprisingly sympathetic serial killer Horror arises as it does in real life in brief hints and d

  • Title: An Absolute Gentleman
  • Author: R.M. Kinder
  • ISBN: 9781582433882
  • Page: 192
  • Format: Paperback
  • This novel channels serial murderer Arthur s real voice to reveal the aberrant thought processes of a surprisingly sympathetic serial killer Horror arises as it does in real life, in brief hints and disclosures that gradually reveal the complex nature of an all too human narrator.

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    1. Told from the point-of-view of a highly sympathetic English professor, it's incredibly easy to take his well-mannered, eloquent words at face value and forget that oh! he's a serial killer. And that his opinion on how his slightly psychotic mother did the best she could while raising him and his human portrayal of her are not the most reliable sources of information!To further this illusion, he conveniently skips over all the grisly details of how he killed most of his victims. There is simply a [...]

    2. throughout the book, the narrator (Arthur J. Blume: unassuming writer and professor) emphasizes that his actions are not his own; he is compelled by outside forces. his relationship with Grace, a colleague, occurs because of her pursuit (Arthur has no say in the matter). he does not choose his victims, and he's sorry for what he does to them (he says). there are interludes where he describes his childhood, his mentally ill mother -- only obliquely hinting at the variety of abuses he endures. it' [...]

    3. Once I began reading, I found this book hard to put down. It was very creepy, Arthur reminds me of Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho". Arthur is softspoken and intelligent, but he is also terrifying. At first I didn't know what to expect from this book, because I didn't want to hear details from a killer, but he doesn't go into any gory details. He actually tells his story almost politely. And believe it or not, I kind of like Arthur, he's almost a nice guy, except for the murdering of [...]

    4. If you read the jacket of this book, you know that it's about a serial killer. But it's easy to forget that important bit as you get into the novel, which is mostly about a creative writing professor who's starting a new job at a small college. You get to know the faculty and staff as he does, and learn more about him as he flashes back to his painful childhood. Little creepy bits start to creep into the story, reminding you in tiny ways what the book is about, gradually building toward more gri [...]

    5. This was a whim read. I happened to find the cover intriguing and thought the story line seemed interesting. As it often happens I was completely surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It was very well written with incredible character development. The narration is strong and well thought out. I feel like this book has a lot to offer and is quite compelling to read. The narrator/main character is so endeared to the reader and ultimately so easy to like you don't doubt for a minute that you'd [...]

    6. Meh. The premise of the book was cool-- the life of a normal guy who just happens to be a mass murderer. I also liked that the main character was an academic. Unfortunately, the book just didn't live up to my hopes. It wanted to be TOO clever, with little snippets of text that were trying to be deep and meaningful, but just didn't do anything for me. There was a lot of talk about the bad fiction in college writing classes, which was ironic because this book seemed like something from one of thos [...]

    7. Arthur Bloom is an English Professor and a author; he is a quiet sort of guy. Who would think he was a serial killer? This novel portrays, in part, the life of a serial killer and his relationships with the people around him. We learn about his attitude toward women, and his own psychological breakdown. This book does not go into much detail about the murders, and there is not a lot of violence in it either. Instead, the book focuses on the human interaction of a serial killer. EXCELLENT.

    8. This is another book from the literary agency I'm signed with. I probably wouldn't have read this book otherwise, since it's not in my typical genre. That said, it was fascinating--I couldn't put it down. It's told from the perspective of a serial killer, only you never really know he's killing. And--the best part--it's based on the true story of a woman that dated said serial killer for years and didn't know he was killing. Read it!

    9. I can't believe this author isn't more prolific. This was an amazingly, wonderful and yet creepy read. Reminded me a bit of an Erik Larson read without the parallel story lines.I agree, I stumbled on this book at our public library's table of Missouri authors and it looked intriguing. So glad I did, it was a disturbing, compelling, well rounded read. Love the comparison to Erik Larson !

    10. I read this book quite a while ago, but there is a memorable part of a flash back - he runs from something and asks how can someone be a monster if they couldn't be at to watch that? It definitely put it in perspective that everyone has their own idea about themselves That even the evil people think that they are right in their ways And a reminder that evil people are just like us.

    11. I came across this book in the library one day when I was searching for Geocaching for Dummies. I was in one of the situations where I felt like the drive to the library needed more justification than just one book that I was only going to flip through anyway. I found R.M. Kinder’s novel, opened it, read a few pages to get a sense of the prose style, liked it, read the front flap to see what the plot was about, liked that too, and added the book to my “to-read” list. Then, last week, on va [...]

    12. Most stories of serial killers are told from the point of view of the searchers – those who discover the aftermath and try and stop it from happening again. The hunters who sniff out the killer. This one is one of those rare books which manages to perfectly capture the killer himself and his inner dialogue (one of the other shining examples is “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote). Arthur Bloom, now in prison, has taken it upon himself to tell the story of his capture and the story of his orig [...]

    13. It's difficult to really like this book. In some ways, as popular opinion seems to dictate, Arthur Blume is isolative, impenetrable, alien. On the other hand, so are most other people. This book really got under my skin, in that way where you have to finish a book as quickly as possible or it will continue to fester under your skin, but at the same time you don't really feel like reading. Arthur reminded me of myself often. He is written as a real person, with real flaws and a self-awareness tha [...]

    14. This gets a solid B-, almost a C+. It had so much potential, and there were parts that were absolutely stellar. The climax came almost too soon, and almost seemed an anticlimax. It's listed as a "psychological study of a serial killer". It is that, and just as bland as the technical description. The author apparently had some kind of personal experience with Robert Weeks and this novel is loosely based on that experience. She states in interviews that she didn't want to turn the main character i [...]

    15. The biggest selling-point of this novel versus any other novel about a serial killer is that the author writes a fictional character based largely on a serial killer she got to know well. Given that, the character of Arthur Blume is even more disturbing; here is a man who sees human beings as victims of a cruel world, and he has the power to save them by killing them. I appreciated the facts and research that went into creating Arthur. He is not just a character made up by a sensational imaginat [...]

    16. This book confuses me because I neither loath the killer, nor do I like him. I feel sorry for him, especially for the child that he once was. Also, the reader sees Arthur's progression from wanting attention of his only family member (his batsh@t crazy mother), who neglects him from the time that he's a infant, to a full blown killer of the innocent and not so innocent. As a mother, I just want to hold that little baby and bewildered youth and make sure his life is not in vein. I think I could s [...]

    17. This was a somewhat engrossing read, although it moved rather slowly for me, for some reason. The plot meandered back and forth through time, and I found myself mentally disconnecting. The character descriptions did stick with me, though, and the author establishes the surroundings in every scene in well-researched, precise detail. I really felt like I was living with these characters in a small, sleepy college town this side of nowhere.The all-too-brisk ending threw me for a loop, with many que [...]

    18. I really got into this book. It was really disjointed and at some parts hard to understand, but that kind of made it fit into the theme of being a serial killer's thoughts. Of course the book is going to be strange, it's written from the point of view of a mentally unstable man. The prose is so elegant it was easy for me to get engrossed.The scenes go back and forth between his childhood and his older self, reflecting on what's going on. He remarks at the beginning of the book, telling us that h [...]

    19. I stumbled onto this book in my public town library too and I'm glad I did. It's definitely in my top three of favorite books if not my absolute favorite.It's so subtle, you know something is going to happen, but you don't expect him to beat the older lady over the head. It just comes out of no where. I love the way the author tells the story alternating past/present, and in 1st person/serial killers perspective. I didn't include when I read the book and finished. I've read it more than once. I [...]

    20. To quote John Prine: "Pretty good,not bad, I can't complain." I finished it as my interest dwindled. Starts off well and then starts dragging and things get somewhat implausible toward the end--there are some quick plot shifts and the narrator, the killer, gets less and less interesting. THe author should read Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me to see how the whole sociopathic narrator thing is done

    21. I read the first 125 pages in one sitting and haven't been able to return to Kinder's novel. While I often love the prose, which is what kept me bound to the pages, I find the protagonist a bit stunted though somewhat seductive nonetheless. I feel no sympathy for him, just a measure of horror, so I've put the book down for now. Truth be told, it was the endorsement of Leslie Marmon Silko that made the book more appealing than its description and visual design.

    22. I'm still thinking about it. It is a cautionary novel based the author's real life experience of having a six-month relationship with a fellow college professor whom she accidently discovered was a serial killer. In real life, the author helped the police collect evidence that has sent him to jail for several lifetimes--we hope. It is very frightening because the man was so ordinary--"An Absolute Gentleman." Almost no graphic violence--a quick-reading thinking book.

    23. I picked this books up randomly from the library. I loved it! Some of the phrases the author uses are just amazing. I loved the telling of the psychology of a serial killer without it being super gory about the killings themselves. It was also interesting how the author shows the dichotomy between this "normal" guy and the crimes he perpetrates. The author weaves in and integrates his hatred of women throughout the story in ways that are slightly subtle, but still very clear. Great book!

    24. A fantastic, enthralling creepy read. I had to keep putting the book down after a few chapters so that my brain had time to catch up with it and sort things through. The development of the main character is intensely bothersome in that his logical, lucid thoughts don't match what you think of as a psychotic serial killer, and you find yourself sympathizing with him and even liking him at moments.

    25. An average read. There was a long stretch of time where I couldn't be arsed to continue it until I got towards the end. The protagonist was one I did not find particularly interesting. Although the way he functioned was almost disturbingly mundane considering what he was doing on the side. In that way I suppose it does show the author's previous experience around another serial killer. Still, he lacked a certain kind of life.

    26. The story was slightly disturbing. And the worst part? Sympathizing with the character and then realizing: wait, he's killed at least a dozen women. That's terrible. It could be me. And although I sympathized with him at times, I still didn't like his character, he was a little pretentious. Overall, it was definitely an interesting perspective. Maybe I'll keep that in mind the next time I watch something like CSI

    27. I didn't like Dexter, but I liked this book. It's a look inside a serial killer's head, but he almost (ALMOST) seems normal at times. I liked the subtle tension, the knowing that he was probably going to murder one of the other characters in the book, but not knowing which one. I liked the ending a lot and thought the writing was very good.

    28. A unique novel in that the narrator is Arthur Blume, an intellectual and professor who is also a serial killer. The story is told in separate time periods, divided by chapters, so you learn of his upbringing and his adult life simultaneously. The reader understands Arthur, as best he/she can and sympathizes with him while also discovering the magnitude of his complexities.

    29. This was such an interesting book to read. It's told from the serial killer's point of view and he's often a very sympathetic character. But, at the same time, he's still a serial killer. So you kind of want to like him but at the same time you are kind of hoping one of his victims has a gun hidden in her handbag.

    30. This author is from Missouri and came to Jefferson City for a city-wide reading event. It's a novel, but it's based on the author's true-life experiences. It's not a great piece of literature, but it's held my interest enough to finish it. Kinder shows the human side of a serial killer; it's a unique perspective.

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