Lulu.com, Aug 21, 2008 - 442 pages
Elderly disabled, alcoholic and lonely Roly has only the painful memories of a reprehensible and "disintegrated" life to occupy his time - apart from reading the Journal he's kept all his life and trying but failing to write a novel; he's frightened and friendless, desperate to atone for his sins, but convinced it's too late. Curious young Michael enters his desolate world, offering to do the chores - and bringing with him a confused sexual awakening. The memories and guilt of an old man clash with the vibrancy of youth and the emotions of sexual attraction and rejection become ominously entangled. Can Roly be redeemed by noble young love? Is Michael an angel of mercy or a demon of temptation come to send him on the final journey to the hell he's expecting to face?
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