An Absolute Gentleman

An Absolute Gentleman

by Rose Marie Kinder


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ISBN-13: 9781582433882
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 10/28/2007
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 970,821
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Rose Marie Kinder, who writes under the pen name R.M. Kinder, won the 2005 University of Michigan prize for A Near-Perfect Gift, a collection of short stories. Another collection, Sweet Angel Band, was awarded the Willa Cather Award in 1991. R.M. Kinder's prose has also appeared in Other Voices, Short Story, and the New York Times. The author holds an M.F.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. She currently resides in Warrensburg, Missouri.

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An Absolute Gentleman 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
pdebolt on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is the chilling story of a serial killer told in the first-person by the murderer, who is outwardly a pleasant Creative Writing professor in a small midwestern college. His history with his mother is told in enough detail that we understand why he is both attracted to and repulsed by women. There is a haunting, vacant quality to his interactions with colleagues and students, and the suspense builds to a crescendo of violence that is unimaginably evil.This character is based on a real-life serial murderer known to the author, which adds to the horrible knowledge that these damaged minds do truly exist and live among us in various guises. I was reminded of the dawning knowledge among Ted Bundy's friends when the range and depth of his murders were known.
davedonelson on LibraryThing 5 months ago
In R.M. Kinder's debut novel, the secret life of Arthur Blume goes far beyond anything (hopefully) your creative writing teacher ever led. He's a serial killer, one with a career as a failed novelist and a penchant for sleeping with his students, fellow teachers, and the odd victim. In everything, though, he is an absolute gentleman as described in the title. The strength of the book is the way the author weaves reality into the insanity that's bubbling beneath the surface of her narrator's mind. Going back and forth in time between his experiences with his really sick mother to his present-day affair with a fellow professor with secrets of her own, Kinder takes you into the surprisingly under-wrought consciousness of a serial killer. The book builds to a satisfying climax, with ever-mounting tension and just enough clues to let the small town cop catch the bad guy.
kmaziarz on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Arthur Blume is a middle-aged creative writing professor with only one published novel to his name. His search for tenure brings him to a small university in Missouri where he teaches writing courses while caught in a fruitless cycle of editing and submitting his own novel manuscript. He navigates inter-office politics, works to gain the respect of his students, decorates his apartment in thrift-shop Victoriana, undertakes a romantic affair with a fellow professor, and champions the cause of an elderly woman, Nada, who is a student and works as an underpaid assistant to the professors but receives no respect or acknowledgment. In every way, Blume projects the outward appearance of a bookish, entirely harmless, middle-aged bachelor. And yet, as Blume narrates his own story, these mundane daily activities are interspersed with childhood memories of being raised by a single mother whose episodes of psychotic delusions left her inventively cruel and frequently neglectful, of experimenting with the torture and killing of small animals, and of finding his only stable and reliable support-systems in other males and father figures. Even more chilling are Blume¿s adult recollections of tracking down and killing various women who had in some way offended males of his acquaintance, often years after the fact. He is a strangely dispassionate observer of his own life, offering succinct insights into the personalities of the women around him¿though such insights are skewed by his own misogynistic perspective. Critical of the barbarism of other serial killers, Blume is proud that he has never ¿soiled his own nest,¿ going instead far afield for his hunts¿until one icy day, when the beast rose up and couldn¿t be denied.Low-key and subtle, this absorbing study of the mind of a serial killer proves that the most ordinary of people can nevertheless harbor a monster within. You will never look at your quiet, harmless neighbor quite the same way again.
carmarie on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I grabbed this book off my shelf on a whim, and I'm so glad that I did. I was so pleasantly surprised how much I submerged myself into the book. I love when this happens. I barely wanted to come up for air, it was so good. The voice of Arthur Blume was amazing and fascinating. I can't wait to see if Kinder has anything else for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is thrilling and exciting beyond belief. I am absolutly in kove with the way the book was written as well as the story its self. Wonderful read!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Author Kinder takes the reader inside the mind of a well-mannered, shy gentleman teacher, who just happens to be a serial murderer. It's like reading a high-brow version of 'Dexter' without the gore but with the psychological background of the killer intact.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Arthur Blume, published author, teaches creative writing in Mason, Missouri. He¿s been convicted of murdering one of his students. The public has painted him and his mother monsters. In his memoir, he intends to rectify this misconception. Arthur narrates his life, not in sequential order, but by alternating between his Missouri present and his Georgian past. As I read about his life, I found myself forgetting this was a work of fiction. It felt so unbelievably real. R. M. Kinder, a masterful story weaver, gives readers penetrating insight into a serial killer¿s psyche. Throughout the book, I wondered if this is how neighbors and church members saw Dennis Rader, the BTK killer. From there, I wondered how well I know my own neighbors. ¿An Absolute Gentleman¿ by R. M. Kinder is first novel that is loosely based on the author¿s real-life relationship with a convicted murderer. As I read the last few paragraphs of the book, goose bumps formed on my arms. What a chilling ending! This book is without a doubt, one of the best thrillers I¿ve read this year. It¿s Oh-My-God good!