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

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"This crazy, gorgeous family novel is one of the great literary achievements of the twentieth century." Jonathan Franzen

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"One of the best novels of this century." Newsweek

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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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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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lukas, October 19, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
If you read widely, you often come across lists of the best authors or the best books you've never heard of/read, which I always find mildly condescending, but sometimes bear fruit, as is the case with the author John Williams (not the composer). I'm sure I can't be only one who thought this book was about a pedophile. Don't worry, it's about a messed up family. Despite the accolades from Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Hardwick (fun fact: they were married), Randall Jarrell, who wrote the introduction, and Jonathan Frazen, I found it very hard to get into this book or to care about any of the characters. Written by the Australian-born Christina Stead, the book does embody two major trends in the 20th century American novel, angsty suburban dwellers (Cheever, Updike, Yates) and the dysfunctional family (take your pick). It feels like this book wasn't really edited at all and Stead's dialogue is idiosyncratic in a way that has not aged well. It's a family with a lot of kids and not a lot of money and I confess I couldn't keep the kids straight. On the plus side, it's really long, like over 500 pages long. Drag.
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MARGARET ASPLAND, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by MARGARET ASPLAND)
One of the best books written
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312280444
Author:
Stead, Christina
Publisher:
Picador USA
Introduction by:
Jarrell, Randall
Introduction:
Jarrell, Randall
Author:
Jarrell, Randall
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Parenting
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Picador USA ed.
Edition Description:
Picador USA
Series Volume:
no. 64
Publication Date:
July 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
8.27 x 5.52 x 1.555 in

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Product details 576 pages Picador USA - English 9780312280444 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A story of life, faithfully plotted, clearly told, largely peopled with real souls, genuine problems; it is realistically set, its intentions and drive are openly and fully revealed; it is also a work of absolute originality."
"Review" by , "This crazy, gorgeous family novel is one of the great literary achievements of the twentieth century."
"Review" by , "One of the best novels of this century."
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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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