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“This Sweet Sickness” – This Sweet Pervertedness!

Posted on: December 2, 2014

This Sweet Sickness
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This Sweet Sickness is one of Patricia Highsmith’s early books. The story is about a young intelligent scientist David Kesley’s obsession of a young woman, Annabelle. As Annabelle pushes him further and further, Kesley’s obsession gets more intense, until he finally traps in an inescapable corner of web woven by himself.

The first one third of book is very slow, I almost gave up, but I am glad I didn’t, because the last one third is absolutely brilliant – as situation gets more pressing, Kesley’s hallucination gets more real, he becomes more confused about his true identity. This part of book reminds me The Talented Mr. Ripley, but only more emotionally thrilling (though overall I still like Rilpley more).

Highsmith is a master of exhibiting pervertedness with almost brutal honesty. This can be one of the major reasons that her work is not popular in US. Generally speaking, most American people’s (of course not only Americans’) obsession is not with pervertedness, but with “happiness” – the kind of happiness without fundamental understanding of human misery. This is understandable, as it is happiness, not misery, makes life worth living. However, as a social ideology, being overly obsessed with happiness would encourage majority to refuse to look into the complication of human nature, demonize minority who are different from them but essentially just as human as they are. The characters in Highsmith’s books are precisely the type of persons whom most “normal” people would avoid in reality (again, understandably), even label them as “evils”.

Contrary to the popular belief, the reason that I found Highsmith one of the most important authors in western literature is precisely because of her scrutinizing on “abnormality”, even pervertedness of humans psyche. I sincerely believe, that without such study, we can never claim that we truly understand ourselves.

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