The Man Who Loved Children

The Man Who Loved Children

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by Christina Stead
     
 

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With an Introduction by Randall Jarrell. 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 watches in bleak despair, knowing the bitter reality that lies just below his mad visions. A chilling novel of family life, the relations between

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With an Introduction by Randall Jarrell. 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 watches in bleak despair, knowing the bitter reality that lies just below his mad visions. A chilling novel of family life, the relations between parents and children, husbands and wives, The Man Who Loved Children, is acknowledged as a contemporary classic.

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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, author of The Corrections

“A story of life, faithfully plotted, clearly told, largely peopled with real souls, genuine problems; it is realistically set, its intention and drive are openly and fully revealed; it is also a work of absolute originality.” —Elizabeth Hardwick

“It must be a classic, for there are very few novels in English that are as large and as beautifully written.” —Robert Lowell

“One of the best novels of this century.” —Walter Clemons, Newsweek

Jonathan Franzen
At its most basic level, the novel is the story of a patriarch, Sam Pollit…who subjugates his wife, Henny, by impregnating her six times, and who seduces and beguiles his progeny with endless torrents of private language and crackpot household schemes and rituals that cumulatively serve to make him the sun…around which the Pollit world revolves…It's Stead's genius to make palpable on page after page the childlike need and weakness at the core of his overbearing masculinity, and to make the reader pity him and like him and, therefore, find him funny.
—The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312280444
Publisher:
Picador
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
365,454
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.27(h) x 1.55(d)
Lexile:
1110L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Christina Stead was the author of over a dozen works of fiction and the recipient of The Patrick White Prize. Her many other works include The Salzburg Tales and Seven Poor Men of Sydney. She was born in Australia in 1902 and died in 1983.

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