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Novels about obsession

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revolvenotevolve Mon 21-Oct-13 19:46:00

Anyone recommend books about obsession from either perspective?
Thanks !!

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Hullygully Mon 21-Oct-13 19:47:22

Damage is the first that comes to mind

tripfiction Mon 21-Oct-13 20:12:56

You could try Penny Hancock Tideline and she has a new one out shortly The Darkening Hour, both have creepy, obsessional types in them and are a wow for evoking river life (Thames) which adds to the tense atmosphere. Hope that helps

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Mon 21-Oct-13 20:14:47

Engleby - Sebastian Faulkes
The Collector - John Fowles
Perfume - Patrick Suskind
The first 3 that came to mind.

CoteDAzur Mon 21-Oct-13 21:48:32

I second Perfume.

And The Ass Saw The Angel - Nick Cave
The Atrocity Exhibition - J G Ballard
Umbrella - Will Self

bluebump Mon 21-Oct-13 21:50:21

I came on to say Perfume too, I loved that book.

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Mon 21-Oct-13 21:51:26

Notes on a scandal

Polpotsbabyteeth Mon 21-Oct-13 21:51:27

Damage is the best one I've read, brilliant.

Mefisto Mon 21-Oct-13 21:53:05

Asylum by Patrick McGrath.

Pinkdressonthewall Mon 21-Oct-13 21:54:18

Enduring Love - Ian McEwan

MerlinFromCamelot Mon 21-Oct-13 22:04:15

Love Penny Hancock's tideline...

Takver Mon 21-Oct-13 22:06:47

What about The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman - though short story/novella rather than novel

ButThereAgain Mon 21-Oct-13 22:12:09

Mann, Death in Venice

Great Expectations is partly about a carefully cultivated obsession.

Anna Karenina perhaps, and Terese Raquin. Perhaps Madame Bovary too. Obsession seems to supply the force of a lot of 'love' stories.

Mefisto Mon 21-Oct-13 22:12:49

God yes, forgot about Enduring Love.

As already mentioned, The Collector is great too especially as it is written from both the obsessive and the obsessee's perspectives.

Thomas Mann's Dr Faustus.

Jean Cocteau - Les Enfants Terribles

123bucklemyshoe Mon 21-Oct-13 22:23:02

Possession - AS Byatt - one of my favourite books ever (just don't watch the film with Gywneth!)

DuchessofMalfi Tue 22-Oct-13 08:14:46

What a great topic, revolve smile I came on here to recommend Enduring Love too - got beaten to it. It's a must read. Absolutely brilliant, and terrifying in its intensity.

CoteDAzur Tue 22-Oct-13 08:38:24

Can't say I saw any obsession in Anna Karenina which I read just last month.

Hullygully Tue 22-Oct-13 08:47:14

yy Lolita and The Collector


ButThereAgain Tue 22-Oct-13 09:11:37

That's interesting Cote. I did wonder if I was wrong to mention it -- it is a long while since I read it. I was thinking of the fact that Anna stakes everything on her relationship with Vronsky, clinging to it even when it is clearly something wholly destructive. But then perhaps her attachment to a relationship ultimately productive of misery and suicide is as much to do with social features as with her state of mind. I can't remember well enough.

wordfactory Tue 22-Oct-13 09:15:05

Ah yes, lots here I was going to suggest.

Pefume, The Collector etc.

Also Wuthering Heights?

And a fave of mine: A Kind of Intimacy by Jenn Asworth. Hilarious and disturbing first person narrative of obssession with a next door neighbour!

antimatter Tue 22-Oct-13 09:21:59

Room by Emma Donoghue

wordfactory Tue 22-Oct-13 09:22:42

A Secret History by Donna Tartt.

MissMilliment Tue 22-Oct-13 09:25:03

Affinity by Sarah Waters is a good one.

MissMilliment Tue 22-Oct-13 09:26:49

Also, Good Behaviour by Molly Keane. Has a very unreliable narrator which is always fun grin

wordfactory Tue 22-Oct-13 09:31:26

I love an unreliable narrator!!!!

How about We Need To Talk About Kevin? In many ways the Mother is utterly obssessed with her son!

Also, lots of crime fiction is based around an obsession with discovering the truth, which is a very human motive, I think.

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