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A seemingly happily married man who has it all enters into an illicit affair with his sons girlfriend and becomes obsessed with having and keeping her This affair will be the ruin of all of them I m really torn on this book While I liked the idea of the story I found the writing to be overly pretentious and it made this book a bit boring if you ask me All the highbrow, intellectual back and forth does nothing for me Also, I found the relationship between the father and Anna completely cold A seemingly happily married man who has it all enters into an illicit affair with his sons girlfriend and becomes obsessed with having and keeping her This affair will be the ruin of all of them I m really torn on this book While I liked the idea of the story I found the writing to be overly pretentious and it made this book a bit boring if you ask me All the highbrow, intellectual back and forth does nothing for me Also, I found the relationship between the father and Anna completely cold Utterly passionless The sex scenes while not long in description thankfully seemed perverted rather than erotic I could not see or find any reason as to why this man would throw his life away for such an unremarkable womanSometimes her limbs locked, impossibly angled, as on a rack of my imagination, stoically she bore my weightUh, what THAT ENDING, though Wowza I have got to add another star for that 3 stars Oh good gravy Let s start with the facts Fact This book is VERY well written.Fact It is also VERY short, which allowed for me to read it in its entirety in under 3 hours Fact Symbolism runs rampant, which I love Fact Damage is an excellent title and describes perfectly what happens when obsession overrides sanity Or, in the eyes of our MC, what happens when one finally finds passion passion being a man whore pyscho.but whatever Also, this fact is turning into an opinion Opi Oh good gravy Let s start with the facts Fact This book is VERY well written.Fact It is also VERY short, which allowed for me to read it in its entirety in under 3 hours Fact Symbolism runs rampant, which I love Fact Damage is an excellent title and describes perfectly what happens when obsession overrides sanity Or, in the eyes of our MC, what happens when one finally finds passion passion being a man whore pyscho.but whatever Also, this fact is turning into an opinion Opinion This book was waaaaaaay too heavy for moi I had a very difficult time stomaching the general premise, which I don t think gives too much away dad has sorid, ridiculous affair with son s fianc Wow WOW wow The end of the book is completely shocking The middle of the book is completely shocking, Heck, the beginning of the book is shocking I remained shocked throughout the duration of this text The best way I can describe the process of reading this book is via analogy You climb up the ladder to a very tall slide at the playground You sit down at the top, so excited by what all of your friends have said about the amazing ride down the slide Right as you begin to shift your weight to set your journey in motion, you glimpse at this piece of equipment What you once thought was a harmless little ride is actually full of obstacles and danger The slide is greased It has sharp corners And it goes down infinitely farther than you thought possible, or were ever willing to go But what s done is done you shifted your weight, and now you ve gotta ride it all the way to the bottom, however thrilling and terrifying that ride may be I know that is long winded, but that is how I felt truly, as I read this story It is a piece of art, but I had to rate it 3 stars due to the disturbance it caused me Damaged people are dangerous They know they can survive Josephine Hart Damage.Damage is a novella It is a short terse sizzling little gem of a book about betrayal, passion and what happens when your one wrong choice causes your life to go out of control The main character in this book has always tried to do the right thing He is a serious straight laced man He s a A loving father and a devoted husband and he is happy in his somewhat sterile but pleasant marriage.All that ends when his s Damaged people are dangerous They know they can survive Josephine Hart Damage.Damage is a novella It is a short terse sizzling little gem of a book about betrayal, passion and what happens when your one wrong choice causes your life to go out of control The main character in this book has always tried to do the right thing He is a serious straight laced man He s a A loving father and a devoted husband and he is happy in his somewhat sterile but pleasant marriage.All that ends when his son brings home a new girlfriend The narrators falls madly in love with her, actually madly in obsession with her I should say, a triggering a tragic turn of events for all concerned.This short little book packs so much intensity it is astonishing I first read it many years ago It stands in my top ten for best books ever.Damage is Shakespearean in nature, and the drama that plays out in the pages is impossible to turn away from One knows, instinctively from the start, this is not going to turn out well and you may feel like shouting a warning through the pages But our main character s only chance is to follow the words of the quote from the book Damaged people are dangerous They know they can survive.Damage is best read in one sitting and is short enough so that, if that is what you want to do, it can easily be done The subject has been done before but not quite in this way it is here The author, Josephine Hart, is an amazing writer She was a poet as well which explains the amazing writing I have read one of her other books, Sin, dealing with the subject of Envy and while it is good but I think Damage is better.For the record..this book was made into a film but I d skip it..the book is much much better.So five intense unforgettable stars from me for a book you will be thinking about YEARS after you turn the final page Damage is very smartly written and effective in arousing curiosity in readers, leading us to question the characters self destructive actions.A beautiful couple, Roger and Ingrid had it all A successful marriage and careers, beautiful grown children, and plenty of money Yet as a father, Roger fell short He had always felt distant from his children He and Ingrid were friendsthan lovers in their less than passionate marriage Likewise, Roger felt no compensating joy or passion for his c Damage is very smartly written and effective in arousing curiosity in readers, leading us to question the characters self destructive actions.A beautiful couple, Roger and Ingrid had it all A successful marriage and careers, beautiful grown children, and plenty of money Yet as a father, Roger fell short He had always felt distant from his children He and Ingrid were friendsthan lovers in their less than passionate marriage Likewise, Roger felt no compensating joy or passion for his career However, when Roger s eyes met Anna s for the first time, sparks flew In each other, they instantly feel sexual attraction, in the form of extreme weakness and need for each other, due to a mutual brokenness they recognize in each other, a pain they carry from from childhood Anna has a history of using sexual pleasure to transcend emotional pain Roger wants to transcend pain and feel alive again He quickly develops an erotic obsession for Anna, and wants to possess her for the rest of his life His pain manifests as an emotionless family life and existence, a feeling that he is not really living, while Anna feels pain and guilt over having lost her brother to suicide Anna is a sex addict and Roger is a love addict The guilty but unrepentant pair Roger and Anna are not only dangerously self destructive, their reckless hookups stand to shatter the hearts of loved ones.for Anna s new fianc e is Martyn, son of Roger and Ingrid 5 MESMERIZINGLY DAMAGED STARSThere is an internal landscape, a geography of the soul we search for the outlines all of our livesThis is the story of a man, whom appears to have the dream life..wealth, intelligence, power, successful marriage, prestige So why does he spend countless hours wondering.Why he is so unhappy How someone that appears to have it all, can feel so empty When did he lose control of his life And most i mportantly, why does he feel dead inside 5 MESMERIZINGLY DAMAGED STARSThere is an internal landscape, a geography of the soul we search for the outlines all of our livesThis is the story of a man, whom appears to have the dream life..wealth, intelligence, power, successful marriage, prestige So why does he spend countless hours wondering.Why he is so unhappy How someone that appears to have it all, can feel so empty When did he lose control of his life And most i mportantly, why does he feel dead insideIn my life, I have travelled far, acquiring loved and unfamiliar companions a wife, an son, and a daughter I have lived with them, an loving alien in surrounds of unsatisfying beauty An efficient dissembler, I gently and silently smoothed the rough edges of my being I hid the awkwardness and pain which I inclined towards my chosen outline, and tried to be what those loved expected me to be a good husband, a good father, and a good sonSome readers may be put off by Damage as the storyline revolves around Dr Stephen Fleming s passionate and TABOO love affair with a damaged younger woman I normally don t read stories that deal with adultery, as they tend to piss me off Josephine Hart poetic writing depicts a love affair that was so brilliantly flawed, I was completely spellbound While the story centers around the twosomes erotic affair, in my humble opinion, it is not the focal point of the story Dr Fleming s thoughts, emotions and acknowledgements of his actoins , had me transfixed from page 1 to THE ENDAt least I am certain of the truth now For those of you who doubt it this is a love story.It is over.Others may be luckier.I wish them wellFriends, I wish I could tell you , but I do not wish to spoil the story for anyone Please do yourself a favor, if you can tolerate adultery, jump into this story blindly Forreviews, Free E books and Giveaways Excerpt And round every meeting with her spun a ribbon of certainty that my life had already ended It had ended in the split second of my first sight of her.It was time out of life Like an acid it ran through all the years behind me, burning and destroying I ate this book for lunch Delicious. .READ EBOOK ☪ Damage ☨ A successful doctor and politician arrives at middle age and the high point of his career, having pursued a dutiful and passionless life Then he becomes obsessed by his son s lover, the strange and secretive Anna Telecommunication Systems having pursued a dutiful and passionless life Then he becomes obsessed by his son s lover The Poams the strange and secretive Anna I felt like I was engaged in a long, drawn out battle of fisticuffs with this novel with my opponent being an otherwise placid Englishman lecturing me properly on the sporting necessity of the Marquess of Queensberry rules as he jabbed me almost apologetically with knuckles pointed upward and outward and cloaked in dainty boxing gloves his endurance greater than mine as he slowly but surely battered my face to a pulp in patient, cumulative, and ultimately devastating fashion.The novel is popul I felt like I was engaged in a long, drawn out battle of fisticuffs with this novel with my opponent being an otherwise placid Englishman lecturing me properly on the sporting necessity of the Marquess of Queensberry rules as he jabbed me almost apologetically with knuckles pointed upward and outward and cloaked in dainty boxing gloves his endurance greater than mine as he slowly but surely battered my face to a pulp in patient, cumulative, and ultimately devastating fashion.The novel is populated by boringly correct English types who seem almost parodically perfect, civil and discreet Their world is slowly and quietly devastated by the entrance into it of an almost blameless femme fatale, a damaged girl harboring a terrible secret so corrosive that it seems to destroy all she touches, though the recipients of her attentions fail to see or do see and ignore the inevitably painful consequences The story is told from the perspective of a genteel middle aged Englishman, Dr Stephen Fleming, a physician and member of Parliament, who willingly constructs an alternate reality to justify his obsessive affair with her As she happens to be the fiancee of his own son, the deception takes on particularly disturbing aspects.The first chapter of this novel is one of the most perfect in English literature It s really quite amazing, and there are passages throughout that are nearly as good The novel is perhaps not perfect as a whole, and one sometimes becomes irritated at the oh aren t we so frightfully correct and conventional self observational conversations spouted by the characters as a sort of authorial shorthand On the other hand, the way the novel simmers under its lid and slowly uncoils itself to render its death bite is quite masterly And there is much sigh inducing gorgeousness in Hart s prose It s a sad tale, part Ford Madox Ford s The Good Soldier, part Nabokov s Lolita in its forbidden age gap, but not pedophilic love, deception and existence of a peripheral character with a mysterious pull, and probably several other novels I m missing The most tragic figure in the story is probably Fleming s wife, Ingrid, decent and guileless, and thus eminently destroyable.The book is about the reality of what people think and how they feel while they wear their false public masks, as well as the profound concern of never really living until death takes them There s nothing particularly new in this or in the novel s framework of deceptive relationships, but Hart brings her own expressive ingenuity to the material It s a spare work thoughtful and haunting Because the story is told entirely from Fleming s POV, we see what is most important to him, so the surface of his everyday life his career and other aspects are glossed over in only a few sentences This is authorial prerogative, and oftentimes this lack of ancillary detail can make a novel seem frivolous, but here the issues are explored with such brooding intensity and insight that such details would merely impede the flow and dilute the novel s imperatives.As I say, I fought with this book At times I found myself bored and frustrated by the characters and their impossible stiff upper lipped orderliness sometimes put off by the occasional cliche or passage of melodramatic dialogue But the book over its course continually brought me back into the fold, and by the end it persuaded me reminding us that no amount of social structure can ever truly contain the lizard brain.This book was made into a good film in 1992, starring Jeremy Irons, and it s probably his presence in that which reminded me of Lolita, as he appeared in the excellent remake of that film as well.I might be overrating this by at least a star, but I thought the book was ultimately powerful, rewarding and recommendable It is a book for lovers of literature I absolutely loved the opening line of this novel There is an internal landscape, a geography of the soul we search for its outlines all our lives It goes on to say Those who are lucky enough to find it ease like water over a stone, onto its fluid contours and are home An efficient dissembler, I gently and silently smoothed the rough edges of my being I hid the awkwardness and pain with which I inclined toward my chosen outline, and tried to be what those I loved expected me to be Tru I absolutely loved the opening line of this novel There is an internal landscape, a geography of the soul we search for its outlines all our lives It goes on to say Those who are lucky enough to find it ease like water over a stone, onto its fluid contours and are home An efficient dissembler, I gently and silently smoothed the rough edges of my being I hid the awkwardness and pain with which I inclined toward my chosen outline, and tried to be what those I loved expected me to be Truly magnificent writing I saw the film version, gosh, can it be nearly 20 years ago now It still haunts me, as no doubt will the tragedy of this tale in the written form I found myself, in the beginning, increasingly uncomfortable as I read That kind of power which an author holds over me is rare Bullshit Absorbing enough as a read, but utter bullshit The whole undermining respectable middle class life is so cliche Goodness One hasn t lived life by following some social template This has been done to death and this book is one of thepathetic attempts to get that idea across I found the prose corny Apparently I was supposed to get all excited over the poetic parts of this book but I m sorry I ve read MUCH better writers Josephine Hart is a hack She s not just a Bullshit Absorbing enough as a read, but utter bullshit The whole undermining respectable middle class life is so cliche Goodness One hasn t lived life by following some social template This has been done to death and this book is one of thepathetic attempts to get that idea across I found the prose corny Apparently I was supposed to get all excited over the poetic parts of this book but I m sorry I ve read MUCH better writers Josephine Hart is a hack She s not just a hack, she s a pretentious hack I didn t like Winterson s Written on the Body but I had to admit the book was clever the poetic parts were quite well written I cannot say the same of this book The lousy half understood Freuian references, the half baked Oedipal complexes, the mawkish sentimentality, the unceasing self satisfied intellectual pompousness all in all a zinger Horrible I got this on sale for 5 but it s worth nothing I regret having bought it