This Sweet Sickness Paperback – 15 Oct 2002
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A cracker... a compellingly creepy novel that foreshadowed much of what Highsmith would explore in The Talented Mr Ripley (Sydney Morning Herald)
A writer who has created a world of her own - a world claustrophobic and irrational which we enter each time with a sense of personal danger . . . Miss Highsmith is the poet of apprehension (Graham Greene)
Highsmith is a giant of the genre. The original, the best, the gloriously twisted Queen of Suspense (Mark Billingham)
'Highsmith was every bit as deviant and quirky as her mischievous heroes, and didn't seem to mind if everyone knew it' (J. G. Ballard Daily Telegraph) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
A brilliantly gripping psychological thriller. Too much love can be a bad thing. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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David Kelsey is a typical Highsmith protagonist: self-obsessed, arrogant and opinionated, with a good income and a comfortable middle-class lifestyle. He has become infatuated with his former fiancee Annabelle to the extent where it dominates all his thoughts. He has become convinced that it is only a matter of time before he persuades her to come and live with him and resume the life they briefly had together - in fact the reverse is the case.
At weekends he has established an alter ago, William Neumeister, who is the perfect partner of his adoring wife - except it is all pretend! As the events in the book unfold (without spoiling it by going into the details) Kelsey is forced to retreat into his Neumeister persona more and more as life as his real self becomes increasingly unbearable.
A tense psychological thriller, This Sweet Sickness unveils an obsessive personality whose mad world becomes increasingly chaotic as it increasingly deviates from reality and ultimately impinges in a fatal way on the lives of others around it.
Highsmith weaves her customary web - at once compelling and repellent - in this claustrophobic tale, immersing the reader in the disturbing and deteriorating psychology of her leading man. The narrative grips like a vice, and though David is arguably one of Highsmith's most unlikeable creations - completely lacking the amoral charm, for example, of Tom Ripley - once one has been lured into his world it's impossible not to want to follow his plight to its bitter end.Read more ›
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This Sweet Sickness reads like a Predecessor to Mr Ripley. Marvellous authorship. As flawed a character as you can get.Published 10 months ago by Dr Patrick Bateman
David Kelsey lives in a rooming house during the week, in the town where he works as a scientific researcher, but at the weekends he goes to his own house a few towns along the... Read morePublished on 9 Sept. 2009 by Eileen Shaw