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Author: Patrick McGrath
As a psychiatrist in a top-security mental hospital in the 1950s, Peter Cleave has made a study of what he calls 'the catastrophic love affair characterized by sexual obsession.' His experience is extensive, and he is never surprised. Until, that is, he comes reluctantly to accept that the wife of one of his colleagues has embarked on su...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780679781387
ISBN-10: 0679781382
Publication Date: 3/3/1998
Pages: 272
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 42 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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obsidianfire avatar reviewed Asylum on + 133 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 21
This is the first I've read of Mcgrath. His writing is very haunting and beautiful and the story stayed with me long after I read it. Very gothic.
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Helpful Score: 4
Love story within the walls of an asylum and the deepening madness that affects it and the others that observe it.
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Helpful Score: 2
A real page turner!! Don't start this book if you have to get up early the next morning.
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Helpful Score: 2
A great read. The book's description does not do it justice. A real page-turner!
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A glimpse into life of a woman who is yearning for passion and danger. She lives on an estate near insane persons and her husband is a psychologist. This book takes you on a journey through the desires and passions of a beautiful and headstrong woman, who is living during a time when women weren't supposed to be headstrong, or think much for themselves. She journeys from picking the vegetables in her garden and taking care of her son in her hum drum daily routine, to another exciting world filled with danger, artists, and love.
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I really enjoyed this book. Made into a film in 2005, which was also quite good but the book is a really good read with really good characters, well drawn. I've never forgotten the plot.
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McGrath moves the narrative along quickly and skillfully in this story of a psychiatrist's wife who enters into an obsessive and ultimately desructive affair with a patient in the hospital where her husband is the administrator. There are too many echoes of Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina here, as a woman with an acceptable if not particularly exciting marriage throws away everything for a man who is, in this case, a homicidal maniac. If that seems unlikely, it only gets worse, as every man Stella meets seems overwhelmed with a mad passion for her. Ultimately, it is tedious rather than tragic.