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Captures the essence of erotic passion,
This review is from: Damage (Paperback)
Damage is a stunning work of fiction which captures the transformative, compelling power of passionate love. Few authors can portray that ellusive state of suspended animation which anticipates catastropic change. Stephen is completely unaware of the banality of existence that he finds himself in; a state neither alive nor dead. When he meets Anna, his perception undergoes a gestalt-type shift and he at once realizes that things can no longer be as they were. Anna's own warning to Stephen - beware damaged people, for they are the ones who survive - sums up the theme of this novel, in which passion is cast in terms of power and actions inevitablely lead to irreversible and tragic consequences. Reading this novel is analogous to watching a car accident: morbid facination prevents you from looking away, ever aware of the compulsion that it could be you at the wheel at that pivitol moment when the illusion of control is shattered.
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Initial post: Jun 25, 2011 2:21:28 AM PDT
I would only add that the writing is lean, beautiful and crystal clean. Absolutely amazing command of the English language. I read the very first page every year or so, just to savor its beauty. Josephine Hart is an artist with her pen (so to speak).
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