AN INDECENT OBSESSION

By: McCullough, Colleen

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Fifth Printing. Publisher's full cream cloth, gilt (bronze) lettering on spine, blind-stamped medallion on cover. "The mental ward of a military hospital on a tropical Indo-Pacific island at the end of World War 11 is the setting for Colleen McCullough's eagerly awaited new novel. Ward X is a self-contained world for its five remaining patients and their nurse, Honour Langtry. Not only is it physically isolated; the type of illness it harbors sets it apart from the rest of the hospital. For Ward X is the "troppo" ward, its inmates soldiers who have broken under the stresses of jungle warfare. Honour Langtry cares deeply for the five men now in her charge - the ward leader, Neil Parkinson, blind Matt Sawyer, sickly Nugget Jones, the sadistic and amoral Luce Daggett and the severely withdrawn Benedict Maynard. Each is very different from the others in background, temperament and the nature of his problem, but all are bound together by the routine of their days and - above all - a shared and possessive devotion to their nurse. The last thing she and they anticipate or want at this late date, with the hospital soon to close, is a new admission. And when Sergeant Michael Wilson presents himself at Ward X he is instantly an unsettling presence, not only because he will upset the delicate balance of the ward but because he is so visibly intact, a man composed and very much in charge of himself. What is Michael Wilson doing here? Why is he a patient? His papers tell Honour Langtry of a violent crisis from which he ostensibly needs to recover, but it is hard to square this with the man she sees and begins to know - though not to understand. Still, after a difficult introduction the other men seem to accept him, and Michael proves to be a pleasant and helpful addition. The initial disquiet vanishes. All seems to be well. But Honour Langtry, so dedicated and professional, so caring yet objective, does not see - cannot see - the devastating consequences of her burgeoning interest in Michael Wilson. And he, never willing it, becomes the catalyst for jealousy, violence, intrigue, conspiracy, love - and tragedy. Colleen McCullough explores the most elemental of human emotions and the most difficult of moral dilemmas in a novel unlike any she has written before.". This is an unread, unmarked copy. The volume shows only the very slightest shelf-wear. The unclipped dust jacket (now in Mylar) is lightly sunned along the top edge only and is mildly chipped at the head of the spine only, else near fine. FINE/VERY GOOD. . 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 317 pp

Title: AN INDECENT OBSESSION

Author Name: McCullough, Colleen

Categories: Novels, Poetry & Literature, Romance,

Edition: First Edition Thus. Fifth Printing

Publisher: NY, Harper & Row: 1981

ISBN Number: 0060149205

ISBN Number 13: 9780060149208

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Fine in Very Good dust jacket

Seller ID: 5781

Keywords: Fiction; Novels; Literature; ROMANCE