A Demon In My View

A Demon In My View Arthur Johnson doesn t look like a murderous psychopath he is a mild mannered man who has never known how to talk to women Years of loneliness has warped his mind turning his desire for a woman s lov

  • Title: A Demon In My View
  • Author: Ruth Rendell
  • ISBN: 9780099148609
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Paperback
  • Arthur Johnson doesn t look like a murderous psychopath he is a mild mannered man who has never known how to talk to women.Years of loneliness has warped his mind, turning his desire for a woman s love and respect into a pathological need for carefully controlled violence Locked in the cellar of his building is the perfect willing victim, a woman who can be murdered overArthur Johnson doesn t look like a murderous psychopath he is a mild mannered man who has never known how to talk to women.Years of loneliness has warped his mind, turning his desire for a woman s love and respect into a pathological need for carefully controlled violence Locked in the cellar of his building is the perfect willing victim, a woman who can be murdered over and over again, a woman who waits for Arthur every nightWhen a young scholar of psychopathic personalities moves in downstairs and Arthur s mannequin disappears, where will he turn to satisfy his urgent craving for violence The crime novel that won Rendell the first of her six Gold Dagger awards, this is a haunting insight into the mind of a pathological criminal.

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    1. This is an odd book to classify. I found it to be a chilling insight into the sociopathic mind, and a startlingly haunting portrait of an individual. I also found it did not adhere to the expected layout of a crime novel, which both perturbed and intrigued me. As an in-depth character study, it is profound and exceptional. As a crime story it is unnervingly slow-paced and anticlimatic.

    2. Late last year we were offered the library of an avid, widely read deceased uncle of a friend. He had a habit of writing angry comments at the front of the books he disliked. I can do no better on this occasion than quote him: 'Another bad one.'I'm really surprised that this is a seventies Rendell, I thought her work from that period would read better. Have I overrated her in the past?I do wish I could have kept the entire library of this stranger to me. Going through his books, picking one and [...]

    3. Ruth Rendell's ability to create characters with true-to-life emotional depth is unparalleled. I have read a few dozen of her novels and this is one of the best.She often writes of those mentally ill people who live on the fringes of society and get away with it for years until some error in judgment sets them down a path of no return. This gripping novel is an outstanding example of her work in that genre. A common theme in her work is the stunted psychological development of those who are rais [...]

    4. A portrait of a psychopath as a middle aged man. Short and yet this one packs a punch, albeit in a quaintly mild mannered British fashion. It is traditionally accepted that real estate is all about location, location, location and yet any seasonal urban dweller will tell you it's about the neighbors. This particular boarding house is no exception and when two neighbors (one new and one a resident of 20 years) share the same building and the same last name, it's bound to get ugly. Especially when [...]

    5. I recently read a book about a super agent who needed to save the world from a threat so terrible civilization would collapse. While reading this book I felt many emotions, chiefly annoyance, self blame and mild curiosity on how such stupidity could continue. I never felt an iota of dread in any of the 700 plus pages. "A Demon in My View" conjures up dread in that most drab of settings, a late 1960s london boarding house, from the very first page. The villain starts as a creepy caricature to be [...]

    6. Was a grim appearing psychological mystery told in languid terms. Listened to the audio book which enhanced my morning walks. Loved listening to the varying cadences voice.Gist:Arthur Johnson is a stodgy old anal retentive who has had a dismal childhood living with his rigid spinster aunt.Anthony Johnson is a handsome young student of psychology writing his thesis on psychopaths and is in love with Helen, a married lady, who he urges to elope with him, but she is dithering. Both come to occupy t [...]

    7. I’m re-reading A DEMON IN MY VIEW, one of the most highly-regarded novel from Ruth Rendell’s ‘early’ period (in this case, 1976 – it was her 14th novel and 6th stand-alone – as we know, she doesn’t have much good to say about the stand-alones that preceded it, but she hit her stride with DEMON and has never regressed) – she received her first CWA Gold Dagger for it. Even at this stage RR was quite adept at something she will do in all subsequent ‘phases’ of her career, up to [...]

    8. Arthur Johnson is peculiar. He keeps to himself in his apartment, which he keeps meticulously cleaned, scrubbing the surfaces down daily. His day is an unchanging schedule. He describes his job as a surveyor, but he's actually an office manager for Grainger's, Contractors and Builders' Merchants. He carries an empty briefcase because he feels it adds respectability to his power suit. "For him, as for everyone, he had no particular feeling most of the time. He wished only to be esteemed, to keep [...]

    9. One of my favourite Ruth Rendell novels. This is one of her "standalone" novels, as opposed to the Inspector Wexford Series. I have read more than a dozen of her standalone novels since early 2013. I enjoyed them all so much that it is hard to pick a favourite. The standalone novels seem to have more depth than the Wexford detective stories; they are deeper character studies, but their real beauty is the great sense of humour, very much like Monty Python. For example, the main protagonist in "A [...]

    10. This, without doubt is my favourite Rendell novel. She rightly won the Gold Dagger Award in 1976 for this wonderful story.(view spoiler)[It tells the life of Arthur Johnson, a psychopath who lives in a house of flats with other renters. Every so often, he has to strangle a mannequin hidden in the basement to feed his desire. Complications arise when a new person with a slightly similar name to the psychopath rents one of the flat rooms and the mannequin vanishes. (hide spoiler)]One of the most e [...]

    11. 3.5 StarsHaving read Ms. Rendell's two short story collections earlier, which were good, I decided to read a standalone book. And it was satisfying. This one was based on a psychopath. Being not an Inspector Wexford novel, I liked it. Am sort of tired with reading 'Inspector' detective stories, for now.A decent fast-read. Quick and not too long. Not too many characters either. Not much of a mystery. But a good crime novel; good for passing time. Nothing much contemplative, excepting about trying [...]

    12. This is my favorite work of Rendell's (probably her shortest book as well). She creates a very creepy portrayal of the main protagonist Arthur Johnson, who has more than a few skeletons in his closet. If you are looking for a quick and thrilling read, this comes highly recommended.

    13. An award winner back in 1976, I found this to be a very satisfying though disturbing tale of psychological suspense. The narrative flow was excellent and kept the tension level high, the characterizations were spot on, and I especially liked that it was not graphically violent.

    14. The usual good psychological fare from Rendell, plenty of misunderstandings between people & assumptions being made leading to tragic conclusions. Arthur Johnson has a dark secret & the arrival of Anthony Johnson to the same set of flats turns him paranoido A Johnsons in one house was never going to be without its mixups & this being a Rendell novel of course it leads to a mixup of tragic consequences.An entertaining read, same as all the others but hey, thats why I enjoy tbem :o)

    15. My first foray into Ruth Rendell. Now I get what all the fuss is about! Classic suspense novel, well plotted and a quick, exciting read.

    16. Já li livros bem melhores desta autora.O livro é um crescendo de sentimentos e circunstâncias que levam à origem de um psicopata.Tal e qual um vulcão adormecido que, a nós até parece que entrou em erupção de forma repentina e efusiva demais, um psicopata é gerado, nutrido e formado de forma lenta e "bem" direcionada. Com este livro, penso que a autora quis mostrar que um assassino não surge como se de um cogumelo se tratasse. Alguém ou vários alguéns são os verdadeiros culpados da [...]

    17. This may be a five star that I can't appreciate yet. The ending has left me a bit disjointed. Ruth Rendell always leaves me disturbed. Actual suspense, actual dread, actual horror. This one felt--too short? It relied too heavily on coincidence in multiple places, and there were more scenes I wanted to see, butI might just be too inured to ordinary plots to fully appreciate this yet. I'm just kind of going, "Wait, what?" at this point, though. Dissatisfying? Or just unexpected?

    18. Ruth Rendell is considered a great crime and mystery writer and this was the first of her books that I read. The plot line really excited me and I thought it sounded just like something I would enjoy, I was disappointed though. The plot, though clever was very strange and the ending too unrealistic and not climatic.

    19. Grim London psychological crime novel, nevertheless has a lot of subtle ironic humour, and very funny ending.

    20. Starts out very slowly. Finely gathers a little steam. Ironic twist at end. My overall feeling after reading the book was disappointment. Not that great.

    21. This is my 3rd Ruth Rendell book, and I must say I enjoyed it. Once again, we know who the murderer is almost right away, but it's how he/she is discovered (don't want to give anything away), is the through line in the book. Again, this is a book club author we are studying and again I chose a book that was made into a film --- it was by the same title with Anthony Perkins (of Psycho fame) as Arthur Johnson in the book. Because the two main characters have the same last name and same initial for [...]

    22. Read this just for some enjoyment between Dickens books. However, although Rendell is an excellent writer and my favorite mystery author, I find that Dickens has spoiled me. He is not just excellent, he is a great writer, and I found that I had trouble sticking with this.My difficulties did not stem from this book, however, which is well plotted, as always, and has the psychological insights that we expect from Rendell. As we watch the killer from his own point of view we see how sick he is, and [...]

    23. A rather curious little book from Rendell, that is really intriguing. I find Rendell rather hard to classify as a writer. Her books are so different, that at times it feels like somebody needs to invent a entirely new genre strictly for her and then stick most of her books in this new classification. Are they mysteries? thrillers? psychological? just plain nutty? What an interesting woman she must have been. The next time I am at a dinner party and they ask who would I want to be stuck on a dese [...]

    24. Arthur Johnson is a psychopath who symbolically, kills and kills again. He is anti-social, a racist, a neat freak, and a prude. When his avatar victim disappears, all hell breaks loose, as now he will now express his urges differently. Well written, scary and disturbing.

    25. Ruth Rendell never disappoints. This novel is one of her older ones, the plot wouldn't work with cell phones, texting, Facebook, etc. The miscommunication between lovers, however, is still very possible, even with the latest in technology. The bad guy is wonderfully creepy. Enjoyed this one!

    26. Breve ma solido e ben gestito, è un noir psicologico, squisitamente rendelliano, così zeppo di coincidenze e humour macabro da sembrare quasi cronaca.

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