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An Indecent Obsession

An Indecent Obsession [Kindle Edition]

Colleen McCullough
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Leave's one's pulse racing (New York TIMES)

A second bestseller (The TIMES)

More intriguing, more provoking than THE THORN BIRDS (Washington Post)

Book Description

* Reissue of a tragic World War 2 romance by the phenomenally bestselling author of THE THORN BIRDS.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 579 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0380603764
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (28 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,320 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a thoroughly decent read, 24 Feb 2014
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As an ex CPN (retired), I found it incredibly easy to relate to this book and to some extent to the characters, which beautifully explains the love one can have for their profession. In more enlightened times the issues of unprofessional conduct with patients is better understood and the training program deals with transference issues successfully, in the main. Nonetheless the conflict often felt in dealing with the enormous complexity of human emotion and mental illness require a passions not common to other professions. Having qualified in General Nursing, as well as mental health, I can fully appreciate the vast differences in skills required, particularly the investment of myself as part of the therapeutic process, something my medically trained colleagues often failed to recognise. The 'Cinderella' service perspective and the attitudes of other nurses is very well understood, I have attested to much prejudice in my career.
I loved reading this book and would recommend it to anyone considering a career in mental health Nursing, many of the qualities espoused are still true today.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I didn't like the book 26 Sep 2014
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Ok I fully admit that if you were to check through my reading list this book would stick out as rather different from my usual choices but I really wanted to try something different. Anyway, I didn't like the book. I appreciate that the book was set in a very different era when PTSD was not as understood as it is now but I found most of the characters difficult to relate to, especially the central nurse. Her actions to me were totally alien and rather annoying. The other characters I felt were rather one dimensional and I really didn't understand the motivation behind Michael's behaviour. Also, Honour's behaviour in the final few pages was just so strange and shallow. It left me with a feeling that I'd wasted my time reading it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A different story 18 April 2014
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I enjoyed this book, although sometimes the understanding of what war does to a person's mind is uncomfortable. It was good to see a story based not around the glory of war, but rather the damaged minds that war causes, with some humour as well. Well written and the ending was not what I expected either. It also shows how far the care of mental illness has come over the past century.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear, oh dear what a disapointment 30 Sep 2014
By Richie
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So many readers have praised the quality of the writing here; I found it a lazy piece of work. So much 3rd person reported speech,reported thoughts, reported action as if McCullough couldn't be bothered to imbed the narrative in dialogue and the interaction of characters and events. I kept feeling 'Don't just tell me; show me!' As a result the men in ward X are never more than two-dimensional and Sister Langtry, who had the potential to be an intriguing character, lacked authenticity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 9 Dec 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Very believable and poignant storyline. The main character, Honor Langtry is a warm, sympathetic nurse who cared for the soldiers in her ward at the end of the Second World War. She becomes attached to one new patient in the last few weeks with tragic consequences but there is also humour and an understanding of those times that make it an enjoyable read. I loved The Thorn Birds and feel this could be made into a film as well.
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By Patsy
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As usual Ms McCullough doesn't disappoint. Loved the characters in this story they were all hugely engaging even the unsympathetic ones because they were all so well fleshed out. The great sadness at the heart of this book is the sense of duty which in the end wrought so much misery and loss.
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed reading this book 2 Oct 2014
By Angela
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enjoyed reading this book, having read `The Thorn Birds` again after far to many years to remember. I thought I would try another of her books and I was`nt disappointed. Will look out for more books from Colleen McCullough on the `Daily Deal`.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a bit of a drag 17 Sep 2014
By jazz
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I was excited to read another book by colleen after the thorn birds which I loved.
I found this book dreary and depressing right to the very end.
The story was predictable and didn't really go anywhere.
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