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Asylum (Penguin Essentials) di [McGrath, Patrick]
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Lunghezza: 258 pagine Word Wise: Abilitato Miglioramenti tipografici: Abilitato
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A story of self-obsession narrated by the point of view of a psychiatrist, published as a Penguin Essential for the first time.

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 such an affair...

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A story of self-obsession narrated by the point of view of a psychiatrist, published as a Penguin Essential for the first time.


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 such an affair.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Lunghezza stampa: 258
  • Editore: Penguin; 01 edizione (6 agosto 2015)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B011AOQ9E0
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  • Media recensioni: 4.5 su 5 stelle 2 recensioni clienti
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Di Lela il 8 dicembre 2014
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io amo profondamente i libri di mcgrath e questo è in assoluto il mio preferito (insieme a grottesco). questa storia d'amore che trascina tutti nella follia è abilmente scritto e noi riusciamo ad avvicinarci all'ossessione di stella in maniera magistrale finendo anche noi nella follia, senza più distinguere realtà e finzione. ho letto questo libro in italiano e non potevo non averlo in inglese. se in italiano il libro è coinvolgente, il tutto viene accentuato nella versione inglese dove si può assaporare lo stile unico di mcgrath. la copertina è diversa rispetto a quella qui riportata, ma l'ho trovata decisamente migliore
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perhaps the most dramatic story I've ever read, if you are a lover of this genre it's worth reading.
the psychology of the characters are very well detailed.
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Amazon.com: 4.0 su 5 stelle 142 recensioni
2 di 2 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle A complex and introspective exposition displaying the moribund psychology of raw sexual attraction & its collateral damage 21 novembre 2016
Di Thomas Moody - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Patrick McGrath, having fashioned his own unique literary design, has been a marvelous discovery for me, with this work “Asylum” being my initial undertaking. Breaking from his acclaimed “Gothic-Mystery” composition pattern, he has nevertheless provided us with a somber and deeply reflective work that explores the inner workings of the human psyche not quite chronicled in a literary context before.

Told in a third person singular approach by Asylum psychiatrist/administrator Dr. Peter Cleave (we never really learn of the sanctuaries’ official name or location, only that it is close to London) who recounts this extraordinary tale from far past its denouement, we learn that he himself is a man not without his own peculiarities. As he divulges this fascinating account from its innocent beginning to its rather somber ending, he only solidifies an unsaid truth about his character…that he is certainly not all that he seems or claims to be.

McGrath presents an overall melancholic and pedantic narrative that nonetheless draws the reader in with an air of mystery and subtlety that quickly becomes quite intoxicating…I found myself not able to put this book down while, quixotically, pages on end realized very little forward progress in the actual plotline, a true dichotomy.

Max and Stella Raphael are a young couple who move inside the Asylum’s inner walls, Max being a psychiatrist of some intellect who has ambitious visions of becoming the facilities top administrator. Literally pouring himself into his work, his marriage, conversely, takes on a predictably chilly turn, almost to the extent that he and Stella stay together only for the sake of their son Charlie.

But Stella is an exceedingly passionate women who quickly becomes acquainted with and then involved with Asylum patient Edgar Stark, a seemingly normal man who is assisting with the restoration of a conservatory on the Raphael’s property. But Edgar has a dangerous past...having been committed five years earlier for viciously killing his wife and insanely dismembering her. We hear Cleave at this point clinically break down Stark’s true psychosis and why any intimacy between him and Stella would only end disastrously.

Cementing their emotions at the annual patients/staff dance, Edgar and Stella nevertheless begin a passionate and illicit affair…McGrath brilliantly describes their subsequent rendezvous’ with equal parts longing, despair and danger, shrewdly balancing their passion with their need to keep it discreetly under wraps. And as the affair burgeons, it of course leads to dire decisions and circumstances for both of them and for those who are immediately affected.

This point in the book, for me, offered the best of McGrath’s writing…without attempting to give anything away, he expands the novel here in ways that may in fact bore some readers but it was nevertheless a brilliant breakdown into multiple psychotic reactions. Taking the time to truly analyze and understand human desire against the demand of proper etiquette, McGrath glowingly elucidates common addictive behavior as we witness our protagonists act out in ways not initially fathomed. And as the story continues, one somber event after another occurs but not without ample and almost excruciatingly introspective time to experience the deep nuances of the mentally disturbed. Only the ending, I believe, will display the utter misconceptions that our narrator was under and how little, contrary to his highly informed background, he truly understood about all facets of mental illness.

With all of this emotion aside, “Asylum” to me is an outstanding work and one worthy of any fiction loving reader’s time. I again will reinforce that there are moments where the plot seems to decamp, but please keep up with these interludes as it is very important in establishing emotional and mental positions toward the stories’ conclusion. Overall, I loved this work and look very much forward to other acclaimed McGrath books…my guess here is that most other readers will feel the same.
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5.0 su 5 stelle I highly recommend this book 4 novembre 2014
Di Courtney - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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I highly recommend this book. Not a tale for the fragile of heart. Stella, a vibrant woman, seemingly overlooked by her husband, becomes entangled with a psychiatric patient at the hospital where they are stationed. The patient is Edgar Stark and the attraction is immediate, sexual and all consuming. A sad, dark tale all round. Culminating in the death of a child, suicide and the destruction of a seemingly normal woman (Stella). I was quite intrigued by the dark turn of Dr. Peter Cleave, a friend to all. He came out in this story as a kind of malignant presence, who masqueraded as the opposite. This was a dark and often sad tale, but life is not happy for most of us. The descriptions of the bleak Welsh countryside resonated deeply. This is a worthy, well written tale, but very dark and heavy, very sad and you will feel like weeping over what happens to the characters. Brilliant writing, crafty suspense, and a real insight into the heaviness of the heart.
5.0 su 5 stelle Not A Simple Story 24 agosto 2015
Di Dona N. - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Our book group read "Asylum" by Patrick McGrath. We always put together a group of discussion questions and spend time not only reviewing the book but taking time to answer the questions presented. It appears, on the surface, that Asylum is very simple, predictable; the story of an unhappy woman stuck in a marriage to a husband she finds cold and uninteresting. Her "dalliance" with Edgar it seems is not only for her sexual and emotional satisfaction but to get back at Max, her husband. It is not!
5.0 su 5 stelle Great book 2 giugno 2017
Di Jennifer soltesz - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Great book.
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5.0 su 5 stelle A Hellish Marriage is the Real Asylum 16 febbraio 2003
Di M. JEFFREY MCMAHON - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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A psychiatrist narrator recounts how his "friends" (we begin to wonder the narrator's true motives as the novel moves along), fellow psychiatrist Max and Max's wife Stella, suffer a failed marriage. Max is effete, inept, egotistical, completely lacking in passion and intimacy. His whole life is defined by his work at an asylum for criminal patients. Stella's marriage to Max in a way is the real asylum. Tormented by passions and lusts, Stella begins a completely irrational affair with one of the patients, thus beginning a whole new kind of torture. This is a novel of extremes--extreme loneliness, extreme passion, extreme repression, extreme self-abandonment. Humans were not designed for healthy relationships, the narrator seems to be saying, and thus are doomed to a life of imprisonment whether it be that of the frosty cell of a passionless marriage or the mercurial tumult of illicit sexual passion. McGrath has created an assured, suspensful novel wrought with psychological complexity and universal themes, which makes it one of the best novels in the last ten years or so. If you enjoy this novel, I hope you will try James Lasdun's The Horned Man, another great novel about repression told by a dubious narrator, and a perfect complement to Asylum.
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