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Asylum

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

An eloquent and quite amazing book

McGrath's prose is incredible; quiet, elegant and lovely, all the while relating a tale of horrible madness and misjudgement. This book floats along lovingly, wraping you up in the beauty of the words and the increasingly compeling mystery surrounding a beautiful woman ...
McGrath's prose is incredible; quiet, elegant and lovely, all the while relating a tale of horrible madness and misjudgement. This book floats along lovingly, wraping you up in the beauty of the words and the increasingly compeling mystery surrounding a beautiful woman (the wife of the deputy superintendant of an instutution for the criminally insane) and her sexual obsession with a dangerous patient. You experience all her feelings as she traps herself in her obsession, and horror and revulsion as the tragedies that inevitably are the result of such an obsession do in fact occur. McGrath has a real grasp of the female mind; a talent highly unusual for a male author. Asylum is literary psychological horror at it's best (the terms literary and horror usually being mutually exclusive). I just finished it for the second time and am still overwhelmed by the story, and the author's abilities. A must read. Period.

posted by Anonymous on May 25, 2004

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4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

slow paced but...

Asylum is a slow paced novel about the sexual obsessiveness of Stella and the consequences it has on the lives surrounding hers. I found I cared nothing for the characters and I very much disliked Stella, the main character. It's hard to care much about a book if you do...
Asylum is a slow paced novel about the sexual obsessiveness of Stella and the consequences it has on the lives surrounding hers. I found I cared nothing for the characters and I very much disliked Stella, the main character. It's hard to care much about a book if you don't like the people who inhabit it's pages. Asylum is a slow paced book with not much happening on the outside. The book follows more closely the happenings on the inside of the characters, what they are thinking and feeling emotionally. There are a couple of things about Asylum I like. One is the descriptive scenery, especially when Stella and her husband move to a country house in Wales. The other is when Stella goes to live with the escaped mental patient Edgar (who murdered his wife in a psychotic rampage) and he starts to turn on her. She starts to see the side of Edgar who is imbalanced and brutal and it gives the novel some much needed suspense. Will Stella survive Edgar's psychosis? Can she mend her marriage with Max? Will her 10 year old son Charlie forgive the mother who walked out on their family? This novel is about obsession, guilt, forgiveness and what it truly means to seek asylum.

posted by songcatchers on October 25, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    Slow paced, psychological thriller--kind of

    This novel has an unusual story, with pretty unlikeable characters. It is thought provoking look at passion, love, and madness.

    Overall--a quick read with a plot worth considering.

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  • Posted April 3, 2013

    I agree with other reviewers. This is a slower paced book, with

    I agree with other reviewers. This is a slower paced book, with an unusual story. The characters are not necessarily likeable, but it makes for interesting discussion.

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  • Posted February 18, 2011

    Well written

    I liked the sophistication of the prose used by the author. McGrath knows what to write and what to leave to the mind. I will see the movie soon and see it it lives up to my expectation.

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  • Posted March 17, 2010

    too slow for me

    The book was average at best. I felt the book was too slowly evolving and flatline. There were no real exciting parts a climax towards the end. The story was kinda "blah".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2005

    Wonderfully Written

    This book was very good¿.you can read this book in one sitting but I had papers, presentations, exams and work deadlines but it was a very good read. The author writes wonderfully. It was a breath of fresh air because lately I feel that so many writers use a formula in their writing.. He covers all points and bases you are not left wondering what happened to anyone. He covers very well the human relationships that we carry with one another. He brilliantly writes about what one is capable of when we are lonely. The ending was not likely at all though. The chance of that happening is a snowballs chance in hell HOWEVER with his writing you are still interested because you come to understand that it all comes down to loneliness with the characters in this book! This one is most def staying in my book collection¿This is not one of the best STORIES I have read but it is one of the best WRITTEN books I have read.. The man is brilliant!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2005

    Riveting

    I was totally riveted to this lusty tale of sexual obsession. It also gave us a chance to look into our own psychi and perhaps answer some questions about ourselves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2005

    Pretty good.

    I have truly mixed feelings for Asylum. I was hooked on it from the very beginning, and I was truly in awe of the intensity of Edgar and Stella's affair. Near the end I felt myself despairing. I found it hard to feel for any of the characters, but I felt that it was, overall, a good novel.

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