|Plot Summary of This Sweet Sickness|
|" David Kelsey is obsessed with a married woman with whom he once had a relationship. He has bought a house for them to live in under another name. He writes to her hoping to persuade her to meet him. He calls her on the phone. He refuses to believe that she loves her husband and wants no part of him, always finding an excuse for why she won't meet him. The novel builds up suspense over what he will do when he finally does boil over. The beginning of the end comes when her husband has had enough, gets drunk and comes to see David at his house. Eventually there are two deaths, and still Kelsey obsesses over her. The novel is an interesting comment on the sick mind's passionate refusal to recognize the reality of a relationship.
Jack Goodstein, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of This Sweet Sickness|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Crime & Police story
- stalked by someone with romantic feelings
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- totally uninterested
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a little/some
- Average intelligence
- average physique
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- explicit references to torture
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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