Asylum by Patrick McGrath


byPatrick McGrath

Kobo ebook | January 5, 2011

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Patrick McGrath has created his most psychologically penetrating vision to date: a nightmare world rocked to its foundations by a passion of such force and intensity that it shatters the lives--and minds--of all who are touched by it.

Stella Raphael, a woman of great beauty and formidable intelligence, is married to Max, a staid and unimaginative forensic psychiatrist. Max has taken a job in a huge top-security mental hospital in rural England, and Stella, far from London society, finds herself restless and bored. Into her lonely existence comes Edgar Stark, a brilliant sculptor confined to the hospital after killing his wife in a psychotic rage. He comes to Stella's garden to rebuild an old Victorian conservatory there, and Stella cannot ignore her overwhelming physical attraction to this desperate man. Their explosive affair pits them against Stella's husband, her child, and the entire institution. When the crisis comes to a head, Stella makes a decision--one that will destroy several lives and precipitate an appalling tragedy that could only be fueled by illicit sexual love.

Asylum is a terrifying exploration of the extremes to which erotic obsession can drive us. Patrick McGrath brings his own dazzling blend of cool artistry and visceral engagement to this mesmerizing story of a fatal love and its unspeakably tragic aftermath. And in Stella Raphael, a woman who tears down the walls of her constricted existence to pursue a dangerous passion, he has created a character who will long be remembered for her willingness to take the ultimate risk, even if she must pay the ultimate price.

Title:AsylumFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 5, 2011Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307764443

ISBN - 13:9780307764447

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is amazing! I can't even remember when I bought this book, but I've had it for awhile and I absolutely love it. I've read it over, and over, and over, and each time I read it I catch something that I hadn't the previous times. McGrath's ability to suck you into his characters is unparalleled. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astounding....amazing....fabulous I can't even say enough about this book. I was moved...touched....I really FELT this womans dilema....I would (and have) reccommend this book. A fascinating this book!!!
Date published: 2000-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Asylum From page one to the end it is gripping. I read it today, in one day...It has been a long time since I have disregarded everything to read all day! I am on line now to order more of Patrick McGrath's books.
Date published: 2000-03-05