The Man Who Loved Children

The Man Who Loved Children

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All the June Saturday afternoon Sam Pollit's children were on the lookout for him as they skated round the dirt sidewalks and seamed old asphalt of R Street and Reservoir Road...

Sam and Henny Pollit have too many children, too little money and too much loathing for each other. As Sam uses the children's adoration to feed his own voracious ego, Henny becomes a geyser of rage against her improvident husband. And, caught in the midst of it all, is Louisa, Sam's watchful eleven-year-old daughter.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 50mm | 616g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1784971480
  • 9781784971489
  • 53,287

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'This crazy, gorgeous family novel is one of the great literary achievements of the twentieth century. I carry it in my head the way I carry childhood memories;the scenes are of such precise horror and comedy that I feel I didn't read the book so much as live it' Jonathan Franzen.
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'Offers a singular and uncompromising vision of a family in freewill and is a world of serious moral intent' BookWitty. 'The most fabulous book that hardly anyone I know has read' Guardian. 'This crazy, gorgeous family novel is one of the great literary achievements of the twentieth century. I carry it in my head the way I carry childhood memories; the scenes are of such precise horror and comedy that I feel I didn't read the book so much as live it' Jonathan Franzen.
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About Christina Stead

Christina Stead (1902-1983) was born in Sydney but lived for most of her life outside Australia. THE MAN WHO LOVED CHILDREN has been hailed as a masterpiece by Randall Jarrell, Jonathan Franzen, Jane Smiley and many other writers.
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3 22% (845)
2 12% (436)
1 9% (328)
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