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REQUIEM is a true autobiography of a young man who grows up with a paranoid schizophrenic mother who believes the devil desires her children's souls. Immediately opening up with an exorcism, you witness the dark world of a sixteen year old boy as he struggles to deal with horrifying acts of physical and sexual abuse, familial violence, self-destructive choices, murder atte REQUIEM is a true autobiography of a young man who grows up with a paranoid schizophrenic mother who believes the devil desires her children's souls. Immediately opening up with an exorcism, you witness the dark world of a sixteen year old boy as he struggles to deal with horrifying acts of physical and sexual abuse, familial violence, self-destructive choices, murder attempts, and rape well into his young adulthood. Against all odds, the protagonist perseveres and chooses to reveal all his family's darkest secrets, as well as his own.


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REQUIEM is a true autobiography of a young man who grows up with a paranoid schizophrenic mother who believes the devil desires her children's souls. Immediately opening up with an exorcism, you witness the dark world of a sixteen year old boy as he struggles to deal with horrifying acts of physical and sexual abuse, familial violence, self-destructive choices, murder atte REQUIEM is a true autobiography of a young man who grows up with a paranoid schizophrenic mother who believes the devil desires her children's souls. Immediately opening up with an exorcism, you witness the dark world of a sixteen year old boy as he struggles to deal with horrifying acts of physical and sexual abuse, familial violence, self-destructive choices, murder attempts, and rape well into his young adulthood. Against all odds, the protagonist perseveres and chooses to reveal all his family's darkest secrets, as well as his own.

30 review for REQUIEM A Memoir of Sex, Madness, and Self-Destruction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Laura Zimmerman

    Like other reviewers, I give credit to the author for his honesty and candor throughout his book. He didn't mince words nor did he sugar-coat anything and his willingness to expose himself to whoever might read the book is commendable. However, unlike other reviewers, I only give the book two stars. I found the author's writing style to be at times too formal and at other times over-laden with adjectives. I don't have a problem with his stark honesty but I felt that he was trying too hard to conj Like other reviewers, I give credit to the author for his honesty and candor throughout his book. He didn't mince words nor did he sugar-coat anything and his willingness to expose himself to whoever might read the book is commendable. However, unlike other reviewers, I only give the book two stars. I found the author's writing style to be at times too formal and at other times over-laden with adjectives. I don't have a problem with his stark honesty but I felt that he was trying too hard to conjure emotions or feelings for the reader. Some may like that style of writing but for me it was overblown and tedious. I also felt that Mr. Espinoza's book was written mostly in the style of gay porn. I have nothing against gay porn but I didn't expect to read such graphic descriptions of his sexual acts in this book. I understand that he was attempting to convey his ongoing search for love through sex but it seemed that he vacillated between two themes: wanting to tell the story about his dysfunctional family and his formative years vs writing erotica. I found his desire to create a perfect life for himself despite all the chaos and dysfunction in his life to be an interesting story about who he is and I would have liked to read more about that. However, his recounting of many sexual encounters in very graphic detail diminished the story of his search for himself and his desire to gain some control over his own life. One other thing I disliked (and maybe this is just one of my own pet peeves) is the author's tendency to re-create, verbatim, conversations he had with others even though those conversations happened years ago. It's difficult for me to believe that he remembers the conversations with enough clarity that he can quote them word for word, yet throughout the book he includes detailed conversations, in quotes, as if he had recorded them when they happened. Again, maybe that's a common technique that's perfectly acceptable but I found it irritating and it detracted from the honesty of Mr. Espinoza's writing. I realize I'm in the minority but this is not a book I would recommend to others.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sherri Starr

    Loved the author's honesty, transparency, and willingness to tell us all the details of his experiences in life, sex, and love. I feel like I got a peek into his world and at times it was uncomfortable to imagine living through what he lived. It's a great story of perseverance against all odds! Loved the author's honesty, transparency, and willingness to tell us all the details of his experiences in life, sex, and love. I feel like I got a peek into his world and at times it was uncomfortable to imagine living through what he lived. It's a great story of perseverance against all odds!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Fredy Espinoza

    I love sharing my brutal and crisp honesty of all I have been through. It is a life story that once read will never be forgotten. It's graphic across the whole spectrum--from violence to psychological trauma to sex. I truly recommend my own memoir. I love sharing my brutal and crisp honesty of all I have been through. It is a life story that once read will never be forgotten. It's graphic across the whole spectrum--from violence to psychological trauma to sex. I truly recommend my own memoir.

  4. 5 out of 5

    katastrophe76

    Starts out great... then OFF THE WALL! Starts out great, a interesting story of one growing up in the throws of mental illness and chaotic family. Really moving stuff and then BAM! you think you must have opened a different book as takes and visions of horrific imagination or black magic take over the take without any lead to. Very strange. Eventually jumps back into the life take of Freddy but is heavily based on his sexual concerts as a gay man and his alternate personality. Jumps around from p Starts out great... then OFF THE WALL! Starts out great, a interesting story of one growing up in the throws of mental illness and chaotic family. Really moving stuff and then BAM! you think you must have opened a different book as takes and visions of horrific imagination or black magic take over the take without any lead to. Very strange. Eventually jumps back into the life take of Freddy but is heavily based on his sexual concerts as a gay man and his alternate personality. Jumps around from place to place with new characters constantly arriving as if from a past we know about, yet we do not. Landmark forum? His life changing event, what was that. Then as chakra aligning and everything is right again? Kinda rounds up where the main characters from beginning end up with a blissful happy ending for Freddy himself. Off read. Too much unneccessary graffic sex scenes for my liking. Off the wall.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Interesting book. I felt the author did a good job of conveying his thoughts and feelings to the reader. It had a bit too much graphic sex for me personally but overall it was a good book. I would recommend it to others.

  6. 5 out of 5

    richwire

    Wasn't what I expected. I really wish I read Laura Zimmerman's entire review here before I started this book. Laura's review is spot on. Read it. Wasn't what I expected. I really wish I read Laura Zimmerman's entire review here before I started this book. Laura's review is spot on. Read it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sunny Nash

    Interesting story but I found it a little redundant.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dori

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kayleigh

  10. 4 out of 5

    Don Ball

  11. 5 out of 5

    Crissy

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lori

  13. 5 out of 5

    Erin Littlefield

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tina Louise

  15. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Goins

  17. 4 out of 5

    Glenn

  18. 5 out of 5

    Paula

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kerrie Luginbill

  21. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Ballin

  22. 4 out of 5

    April Ross

  23. 5 out of 5

    Autumn Spencer

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maxwell

  25. 4 out of 5

    Siobheann

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

  28. 4 out of 5

    Linda L. Barry

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bee Alba

  30. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

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