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Damage Hardcover – Mar 1991


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Alfred a Knopf; First American Edition edition (Mar. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679401350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679401353
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,013,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Damage is a masterpiece’ -- Washington Post

'A chilling, implacable work of the erotic imagination’ -- Independent on Sunday

'A remarkable first novel of awesome accomplishment and quite startling psychological insight’ -- Ruth Rendell

'Genuinely frightening in its ruthless intensity, its sense of impending disaster. It is quite impossible to put down’ -- Sunday Times

‘A Passionate, elegant, ruthless story’ -- Iris Murdoch --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'A Passionate, elegant, ruthless story' Iris Murdoch (2002-10-18) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By johnny ironjacket on 7 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
My initial experience with Damage was through the Louis Malle film starring Juliette Binoche and Jeremy Irons. It is a haunting piece, beautifully shot and wonderfully acted. Good though the movie is, however, it is as nought compared to the book.

Hart's prose is sublime - magisterial, yet at the same time, economical. The pace and plot grip like a morbid fever. And the first chapter is up there with that of Ian McEwan's Enduring Love as a contender for best-ever opener.

In short, read Damage and it's goosebumps all the way down.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ruby522 on 12 Mar. 2013
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I bought this book as its been selected for this years world book night and knew many readers must have rated it.
I loved this book. It is a fairly short story and it is a dark tale of obsessional love and it's repercussions. The writing style is beautiful and it reads very easily. It left
me with feeling I had read the inner thoughts of someone and it was very moving. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Imogen on 31 Jan. 2013
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This is a well structured, short novel. It is made clear from the beginning that it cannot end happily and suspense is well sustained through the early chapters as to how the tragedy is to come about. The characters do not elicit sympathy and some are two-dimensional at best. I found the whole story and the manner of its narrative melodramatic. I wondered whether a writer from a less auspicious stratum of society would have received such acclaim for this work. Its account of forbidden love is reminiscent of Phaedra but does not entirely convince the reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Aug. 2014
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A shocking novel about passion and betrayal, about a British politician who, in the prime of life and seems to have everything causes his own downfall through an inappropriate relationship. A relationship that many would consider taboo. The narrative is told in the first by medical doctor, former politician (MP) Dr Stephen Fleming. I saw the film version nearly 20 plus years ago now in small art house theatre in Chicago IL. The movie still haunts me, as no doubt will the heartbreak of the narrative in the written form. As I read the book I found myself certainly at the start, increasingly uncomfortable as I read on. That was the power the narrative that the author produced – a truly magnificent piece of writing. The title for review comes from the novel, and seems the most quoted whenever the book is discussed.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Aug. 2005
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This book is genuinely frightening. I was a great admirer of the film, but reading the book I found not only did both carry the same overwhelming atmosphere of doom, but also that the book is ten times more disturbing.
Hart's prose is absolutely beautiful.
What is so very frightening about Damage is that not only does the tragedy seem to be encroaching from the start, but also it presents to us a situation we ourselves would be utterly powerless to save ourselves from if fate conspired in this way. Fall in love with a damaged survivor and you might as well commit suicide now is the point Hart is making. Its a dangerous book, and quite possibly deceitful, but it can create the same obsession in those spellbound by it that Stephen suffers for Anna.
I have never read a more powerful, beautiful and unsettling book. It made my palms sweat and my chest pound.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Faye on 20 Sept. 2008
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I agree with the other reviewers that this book will remain with you for a long time. The film is good but the book is so dark and grips you. Like Lolita/Catcher in the Rye, it is intense and you have a sense of foreboding throughout. I tried a few online book stores to buy this book and Amazon was the only one that had it so I would recommend you get it here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JoParky56 on 5 Jun. 2013
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Josephine Hart's poetic background play's to it's strengths in this lovingly crafted & almost lyrically written story ... although a much over-used subject, the way this story of forbidden fruit unfold's is almost magical mainly due to the fact that you don't know which era you are in... Nor does it matter is probably the point, as this sad turn of event's dominoes toward's the inevitable.
An enjoyable little read that I devoured overnight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denise82 on 14 Dec. 2012
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Saw this book recommended by a Cambridge University lecturer and bought a secondhand copy. Like her I found it gripping and read it in one session. It's not a long book but it is beautifully constructed.
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