Kirkus Reviews wrote: .aabKimballas debut explores his hallucinatory religious mania, from his early childhood onward, beginning when he attended Catholic school. The early pages guide readers through narratives of his uncomfortable childhood traumas, sometimes in ugly detailab. Various other moments of shame revolved around school. Finding sex repugnant and sinful, he decided early on to remain celibate; he avoided sex until his eventual institutionalization. Meanwhile, hallucinatory monstersaincluding Lorus, aa turbulent face, golden like the comedy maskabaaand company pushed him away from religion, though he did convert to Pentecostalism in spite of them. Through this process, Kimball developed a solipsistic worldview, in which he was never sure others existed. Ultimately, though, it was his fear of damnation that became his greatest obsession, driving all the rest of his delusions and fears. He does exhibit a flair for descriptionab: aOn summer evenings, I liked to stand on the arroyo side of the house at night, alone, feeling the desert breeze through the tamarisks and smelling the clean desert smells in the warm darkness. The long row of tamarisks, with its tens of thousands of insects of a thousand species, hummed like the telephone network in The Castle, a beautiful, accidental music.aa keywords: blasphemy, the culture of death, child abuse, solipsism, deliverance, salvation, natural law, damnation, abortion, eternal hell, street people, eternal torment, schizophrenia, courage, fear of hell, revelation, Sonoran Desert, self-righteousness, alcoholics anonymous, nonsense, teaching, hippies, draft, homosexualityWhen I imagine Charlie making amends I remember an AA friend of mine, a used car salesman, standing up and confessing to the group that he had sold a defective car to a man he couldna#39;t locate. He asked the group how he should makeanbsp;...
|Title||:||How to Stop Believing in Hell|
|Author||:||Robert Clayton Kimball|
|Publisher||:||Chipmunkapublishing - 2012-04-01|