Quando l ho afferrato dallo scaffale della biblioteca non mi sono accorta che era fra le proposte di lettura del mese, e un piccolo foglietto sbucava dalla prima pagina, con l indicazione Piccola farmacia letterariaSmettere di fumare Si consiglia Follia di Patrick McGrath Follia vi far trattenere il respiro, schiacciandovi i polmoni E chiudendovi la gola in un momento di terrore insopportabile Se non siete ancora riusciti a smettere, questo vi convincer che proprio necessario.Insomma, un modo simpatico per associare, ad ogni malanno, un libro da leggere Con l indicazione di Piccola farmacia letteraria di libri ce n erano diversi, ma io volevo Follia e non certo perch fumo, ma perch il titolo girava nella mia mente da un bel pezzo.Tuttavia, devo ammettere che il consiglio della biblioteca si rivelato valido Follia mi ha mozzato il respiro, mi ha chiusa in una morsa di terrore puro dall inizio alla fine, e dall inizio alla fine ho sentito i battiti del cuore mentre le pagine scorrevano via, una dopo l altra.La storia, quella di un rapporto extraconiugale fra la moglie di uno psichiatra e un paziente dello stesso, sullo sfondo della Londra degli anni 60, non nulla di straordinario, ma il modo in cui narrata a fare la differenza Stella, la protagonista, folle e affascinante, racconta la sua storia ad uno psichiatra collega del marito, il Dottor Cleave, che poi la voce narrante del romanzo costui entra nella sua psiche, turbata e complessa, e la osserva, la studia, con un occhio clinico ma anche con tanta curiosit , con tanto interesse e con un pizzico di soggezione, quasi ammirasse una rosa rara, profumata ma piena di spine Il ritratto psicologico dei personaggi, compresi il Dottor Cleave e Max, marito tradito di Stella, rappresentano il pregio maggiore di questo thriller elegante e di classe, nel quale eros, sentimento e malattia sembrano fondersi in un connubio raffinato e delicato.E, al di l di tutto, se i consigli della Piccola farmacia letteraria sono tutti cos validi, mi viene voglia di tornare presto in quella biblioteca e di scegliere questa volta un titolo in base al mio malanno del momento i libri sono una vera medicina, pi di molto altro (((Pdf))) ⇨ Asylum ↿ In The Summer Of 1959 Stella Raphael Joins Her Psychiatrist Husband, Max, At His New Posting A Maximum Security Hospital For The Criminally Insane Beautiful And Headstrong, Stella Soon Falls Under The Spell Of Edgar Stark, A Brilliant And Magnetic Sculptor Who Has Been Confined To The Hospital For Murdering His Wife In A Psychotic Rage.But Stella S Knowledge Of Edgar S Crime Is No Hindrance To The Volcanic Attraction That Ensues A Passion That Will Consume Stella S Sanity And Destroy Her And The Lives Of Those Around Her. This has been sitting on the bottom of a huge pile of books in my bedroom that topples over every time one of my dogs flops down for a nap I m getting sick of picking them up and will read them from the bottom up It s like a Survivor Challenge as I wiggle out the bottom book without causing the whole lot to topple upon my head I bought it five years ago at a library sale according to the withdrawn library stamp Shameful.Psychiatrist Peter Cleave tells a supposedly sordid tale of a former patient, love affairs gone terribly wrong, sexual obsession and madness but alas he s such a boring fellow the story has no emotional appeal, no sense of drama, and no interesting tidbits to savor and drool over He skims over the good stuff and me, being the fool I am, continued to read waiting for my interest to become engaged and hoping to feel something for these screwed up people Alas, I remain a fool Doc Peter works in an asylum for the criminally insane which happens to be within walking distance of the home of their newly hired superintendent, his beautiful but bored housewife Stella and their young son Charlie When an inmate named Edgar is hired on to do some work on their grounds Stella gets all hot and bothered by his sweltering looks and big brawny chest and begins to romanticize his criminal history She starts to believe he only murdered his ex love because he loved her so very deeply Awwww, isn t that the sweetest So I assumed bad things were going to happen and was looking forward to an emotionally disturbing read about a dumb housewife and a hunky headcase but I was so bored I could barely get through it This could have been an interesting gothic y tale but the problem for me was Peter s first person narration It makes the book feel a bit stuffy and distances me from the people he s prattling on and on about Because the book is told entirely from Peter s point of view or from snippets he gleaned from interviews with Edgar and Stella, who withheld all interesting tidbits it seems, we are only told the unexciting parts of the story Peter has no imagination and doesn t fill in the blanks very well either Damn it all I m not a perv, really I m not, but when a book jacket touts passion and strange love I expect something slightly exciting and not a whole bunch of boring accounts of day to day strolls through the garden, tedious conversations and a painfully slow and uninteresting descent into madness.I waded through countless pages waiting for something interesting to happen and honestly, for me, it never freaking did Even when tragedy occurs I felt so distanced from the characters that there was no emotional reaction from me as a reader And when the last revelation made by Peter is revealed I found it so ridiculously unbelievable that I wanted to scream Finally, an emotional reaction but for all of the wrong reasons I regret wasting several hours struggling through this book and can t recommend it unless you re into really boring melodramas. I first discovered Patrick McGrath in 1988 with his often overlooked and under appreciated short story collection, Blood and Water and Other Tales, and became a huge fan of his from then on In 1990, I read his best book to date, The Grotesque Both, are amazing pieces of Gothic fiction Back in those days it was very difficult to find quality writers following in the footsteps of Edgar Allan Poe, especially those who were able to make their own unique imprint and capable of breaking new ground I was delving deep into Poe, Lovecraft, M.R James, Henry James, Sheridan Le Fanu, Ambrose Bierce, Bram Stoker, Algernon Blackwood, and many others when, I got a strong urge to search out modern writers who might be doing some of the same things with their storytelling And that s how I stumbled across two writers that stood out from the rest of the pack Thomas Ligotti and Patrick McGrath.Ligotti is known for telling Lovecraftian tales that are connected as much to dreams as they are to curious realities McGrath is doing something altogether different Patrick McGrath is a writer of immense literary powers Every sentence feels right and natural in its conception This in itself can be good or bad Bad you say Yes It can be bad and a bit offputtiing when the power of the word is impactful than the story itself Even common today is the power of strong likeable characters over the story over the writers gift with a pen Because I like many different voices, I feel that nearly all published writers I m interested in have different gifts, and mattering on my mood, can fall under the spell of any one of them However, so it s clear, Patrick McGrath is a writer s writer And certainly not for all tastes Further, he s not going to be selling out and writing the next book to be developed into a blockbuster Hollywood scare and share movie True, a couple of his books have been developed into moderately successful movies, but, most likely, they re none you ve probably heard of.I think it s writers like McGrath that can commonly write books that are either a huge hit or miss A contrast to author s who s expectant style is always comfortably familiar, full of characters and a world that are always there for you to sit down with, just like old familiar friends sitting in your living room watching TV with youand so it s a no brainer you can rest easy and enjoy McGrath may even be an acquired taste, though not for me I liked him immediately That may be because I started off with the right book.But, on to this one.Asylum starts off rekindling the fires of a prose I m immediately drawn to, even though its conclusion was like a slowgoing moth to a flame The brilliant interplay of the dialogue, and cast of characters, pulled me in, as well as the intricacies of the plot set up I think the story synopsis details it very accurately In the summer of 1959 Stella Raphael joins her psychiatrist husband, Max, at his new posting a maximum security hospital for the criminally insane Beautiful and headstrong, Stella soon falls under the spell of Edgar Stark, a brilliant and magnetic sculptor who has been confined to the hospital for murdering his wife in a psychotic rage.But Stella s knowledge of Edgar s crime is no hindrance to the volcanic attraction that ensues a passion that will consume Stella s sanity and destroy her and the lives of those around her. Back then, I never read all the way through the details on the back cover or any book description too deeply because my Sherlock Banana brain was always rushing to story possibilities and conclusions before I even read the dang thing I purchased Asylum at my favorite bookstore in the entire galaxy, The Dark Carnival in Berkeley, CA, and a store employee definitely not Jack, the quiet, brilliant clerk owner , who, misinformed me that Asylum was ..like a Dr Lecter love story set in a mental institutionWell It s not And, he wasn t even close It s nothing like that Not even remotely That would make for a cool book though I thought it started off amazingly and there was no doubt it was anything but a 5 star level book Until about halfway through, that is After that, it wore out a lot of it s welcome and its warm fire started petering out, but, luckily, there was just enough warmth left for me to stay with it It originally had a lot going for it, including plot sequences that were perfectly realized but, just none of them ended up going where I wanted them to go Nor was the story nearly as captivating once the characters started meandering into madness Funny enough, every line in the book was masterful I just thought it lost it s power in the second half, leading to a mostly predictable conclusion, which can only be expected if you ve read the back cover description Predictability doesn t necessarily mean I m not going to like it as a whole I mean, I knew where Star Wars was headed and loved every second of it, all the way up to everybody clapping hands as our heroes got awarded note except for Chewie Doesn t bother me to know where a book s going This one just didn t go to a place I was interested in It all wraps up in perfect late 1940 s film style though it s set in 1959 and is a good book It s just not a great book In 2005, Asylum, was made into a movie I think it might be better that way because you d be able to see and feel the passion coming through living, breathing, characters I haven t seen it.I suggest reading The Grotesque if you want to get your feet wet in Patrick McGrath s pool If you re a fan of supernatural fiction, ranging from fantasy, to sci fi, to horror, or a fan of short stories, go get Blood and Water and Other Tales Read Asylum only after you ve read his better books If you do purchase this book, there are many printed versions I suggest the one I bought It has a black cover with a gold gate like a golden gate that opens to the dark depths of the asylum itself It has a tiny window frame where you can see the word Asylum trapped behind it Opening to the very first page, behind this window, is a photographic depiction of the asylum hospital I also found that many of the quoted reviews inside the book and on the cover were fun to read. sicuramente una lettura interessante, l ho finito in pochi giorni proprio perch molto scorrevole e ha una storia accattivante, nonostante questo ha qualche difetto, in particolare a livello stilistico non questo gran capolavoro i dialoghi e la vicenda sono a tratti irrealistici e troppo melodrammatici, cos come posso dire che ho sentito molto la mano dello scrittore La particolarit pi bella invece stato il parallelismo creato tra stagioni, clima e natura descritti molto bene con l evolversi della vicenda e della vita interiore della protagonista, troviamo il susseguirsi di fasi ben distinte che vanno di pari passo con la primavera, l estate, l autunno e l invernoquest ultimo forse il periodo pi riuscito, perch di un infelicit e di una tristezza devastante. I don t think I would have ever read this if not for the fact that I saw it on Audible, read by Ian McKellan How could I resist I kinda wish I had, though Sir Ian s reading was great, don t get me wrong, and he was a perfect reader for the narrator of the story, but the story itself was just so uneventful I thought that this was supposed to be a psychological thriller, but there was absolutely nothing thrilling about it The narrator is a psychiatrist relating everything to the reader as though detailing the events for a police officer who needs to get the background details of the case to dot their i s and cross their t s before signing off on a case and filing their paperwork It was dry and boring and if it weren t for Sir Ian s reading of it, I d have just abandoned it and moved on I wouldn t recommend this one Unless you ran out of Ambien or something Then go for it. Follia una storia d a Ossessiva, compulsiva, folle, ma comunque, una storia d a Devo dire che non so ancora quanto mi sia piaciuto questo romanzo Credo di non essere stata in grado di apprezzare il lato quasi onirico della psicologia di Stella, la protagonista Non sono riuscita a capirla, mai Quindi i miei sentimenti riguardo al suo personaggio restano confusi Credo, comunque, che lo scopo dell autore fosse questo Regalarci una protagonista che non avremmo mai potuto capire o accettare nelle sue scelte e nei suoi comportamenti Lo stile di McGrath davvero superbo e molto evocativo, perfetto per un romanzo che vuole raccontare nel dettaglio e non dire niente nello stesso momento. Sexual obsession, decapitation, enucleation, maternal filicide, psychological unraveling Or what we call Thursday around here.A psychiatrist s unhappy wife falls for an artist, institutionalized in a mental hospital for a gruesome murder It goes without saying this will not end well.The novel is certainly cinematic but is saved from being a shlock psychological thriller because its narrator is another psychiatrist who in one way or another is treating everyone else involved So, it is inquisitive in tone, a slow unraveling The narrator refers to a sculpture as being in a style Italians call morbidezza and perhaps that could apply to the literary style at work as well.One note if you removed all the cigarette smoking and gin drinking, this would have been a very slim novel indeed. Where has this book author been hiding all my life Because I m SERIOUSLY impressed It s a rare book that makes you want to flip to the beginning IMMEDIATELY after finishing it for a second go through, but I was tempted with Asylum It was that layered, that satisfying, that good I m only forgoing it to start Goodreads stalking the author for books to add to my growing Better World Books order.The book is a work of art, painted in cold, clinical strokes on an increasingly unreliable canvas by Dr Peter Cleave, attending psychiatrist and friend to the female protagonist or should it be antagonist of the novel, Stella Raphael She is the beautiful, passionate wife of a distant, work obsessed psychiatrist, Max Raphael, who has aspirations of becoming the next superintendent of the maximum security asylum where he works Together, Max and Stella live on the sprawling property of the estate, where inmates work as grounds crew members attending to their massive garden and Conservatory both of which have fallen into disrepair over years of neglect There, in the garden, Stella makes the acquaintance of Edgar Stark, a handsome, burly artist condemned to the asylum for the brutal murder and mutilation of his wife, Ruth While Stella has been warned of the dangers in associating with the extremely jealous, delusional Stark, she chooses to abandon all caution and cultivates an illicit, sexual relationship that has devastating consequences for her family I m going to avoid going into detail regarding the trauma and tragedy that unfolds because McGrath does a superb job in revealing these details through the prying eyes of Dr Cleve.Side note Are all Stellas sexual beings ruled by their animal instincts and the urging of their loins The primitive, debasing relationship between Stella and Edgar drew a strong parallel to another sexually charged relationship tinted with domestic violence penned by Tennessee Williams and made forever famous by Marlon Brando.I don t know I really don t understand the whole women willing to take blows and suffer abuse for the sake of sexual fulfillment Maybe I m not as passionate, as sexually driven, but I find nothing sexy nor irresistible about black eyes or slaps across the face It s not a good look for me I don t blame Stella for her rejection of Max, but I certainly condemn her for the abandonment of her only son just as I blame the other Stella for the abandonment of her only sister, Blanche Sexual obsession and self absorption shouldn t excuse the abandonment of responsibility to dependent family members The book was perfect, lending itself to the type of psychological interpretation that works so well with literary masterpieces like The Turn of the Screw Dr Cleve s somewhat sinister voice and vision were haunting, and the characters internal motivations draw numerous readings You can immediately add this to my PLEASE RE READ list, and be sure that I ll add to this review my additional thoughts in the future. Follia parla di un a oscuro, passionale e violento un sentimento deleterio, perturbante e folle.Questo quello che prova Stella per Edgar Stark Lei, moglie dello psichiatra Max, che anche a causa di un marito freddo e totalmente preso dal lavoro, cerca di sentirsi viva in diversi modi Stella si innar di Edgar, ex artista e scultore ora paziente criminale della clinica in cui lavora Max, accusato di aver ucciso la moglie in modo brutale, ma si innar anche delle possibili, e per lei nuove emozioni che Edgar le permette di provare Ma scusa, provai a dirle, in cosa credi che consista il tradimento Nell andare a letto con qualcuno, o nella possibilit di distruggere, andandoci, la felicit di qualcun altro Non mai il fatto nudo e crudo, sono le conseguenze che avrebbe se si venisse a sapere l atto in s insignificante.Max un uomo completamente assorbito dal suo lavoro e dalle sue ambizioni talmente occupato dalla voglia di curare la psiche dei suoi pazienti da non accorgersi di chi gli sta vicino e dei problemi che iniziano a crescere in modo incontrollabile.Peter il principale narratore di questa storia psichiatra da molti anni nella clinica dove ora si trova Max, ha in cura Edgar Nonostante voglia apparire distaccato, freddo e professionale, pi volte durante la narrazione si lascia andare, dando voce ai suoi sentimenti e alle sue ossessioni pi intime Stella ed Edgar.Come Patrick McGrath sia arrivato a scrivere in modo cos delicato, naturale e magnetico questa storia, lo possiamo forse spiegare pensando alla sua infanzia, trascorsa per la gran parte del tempo nel manicomio criminale di Broadmoor dove suo padre lavorava come psichiatra.La narrazione e lo stile di McGrath veramente magnetico nonostante nelle prime 100 pagine abbia fatto molta fatica a proseguire con la lettura, difficolt dovuta alla storia, a mio avviso, lenta e noiosa in alcuni punti, non riuscivo comunque a staccarmi dalle pagine Lo stile di McGrath semplice, leggero, quasi asettico e sicuramente mai appesantito da tecnicismi vari.L autore infatti non entra troppo nei dettagli della psicologia per esempio, si limita ad accennare i meccanismi di difesa pi noti come censura e rimozione, identificazione e annullamento, transfert e controtransfert fra medico e paziente La sua identificazione con Edgar diventava ogni giorno pi profonda Mi disse che stava assumendo consapevolmente tutti i suoi gusti, le sue idee, i suoi sentimenti.Follia un libro perturbante cos come l a e le emozioni provate da Stella La psiche dei personaggi complessa, e trovo che nonostante sia difficile immedesimarsi ed empatizzare con loro, sia comunque possibile capirli, comprendere cos hanno fatto e soprattutto perch lo hanno fatto non aveva paura di lui, ma della sua pazzia.Forse Follia lascia l amaro in bocca perch tutti pagano le conseguenze dei loro comportamenti, delle loro mancanze e delle loro ossessioni e purtroppo, a farne maggiormente le spese l unico innocente di questo libro Charlie, figlio di Stella e Max vittima delle costanti ripicche e del costante disinteresse dei suoi genitori.Follia una lettura forte, una lettura che destabilizza il lettore e che sicuramente pu farsi apprezzare anche da chi non avvezzo a tematiche psicologiche.