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Mean Martin Manning

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Buy directly from the publisher: $14.00 Can a grumpy old man, who hasn’t left his apartment in 30 years and just wants to be left alone, stand up to a relentlessly well-meaning social worker and her enforcers? He can. But to win this epic battle of wills, he’ll need to call on a lifetime of stubbornness and downright meanness, a patience rarely seen, and more than a littl...more
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Kelara
Potential spoilers.

Absolutely brilliant. Mean Martin Manning is the story of a man who just wants to be left alone. He lives in his apartment and avoids all human contact. When a social worker attempts to "help" him by getting him to leave his apartment, a war of sorts is begun.

Manning is forced to undergo therapy due to a new government bill. He resists help the entire time, forced to change his diet and his daily routine, and when things take a turn for the worse, things get very, very inter...more
Brittany
“Mean Martin Manning” by Scott Stein is hysterically funny and appallingly honest. Martin Manning is an older man who just wants to be left alone. He hasn’t left his apartment in thirty year and has lived peacefully in that time. Of course, nowadays you can’t be a recluse without intervention from supposed do-gooders that want to help you help yourself. They want to make you fulfill your role in society, and that is exactly what Alice Pitney sets out to do for Martin Manning.

After a week of his...more
Kari J.
The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.' -- Ronald Reagan.

"Mean Martin Manning" is the story of one man and his life being turned upside down by a rampant government caseworker and her desire to "better his life."

Martin lives in an apartment, collects his ceramic frogs, eats his mayonnaise and salami sandwiches, and wears his bathrobe all the time. The caseworker, Alice Pitney, wants to change all that because he "can't be happy...more
Robert
A story about one man, pressed to far by an intrusive nanny-state government and the lengths he goes to to protect his way of life. Stein's portrayal of the many do-gooder busybodies is spot on and his title character - even though self described as 'mean' - comes across as sympathetic. While it may have been written as farce, considering recent governmental trends it is dangerously close to being prophetic instead.
Melody Feldman
Scott Stein’s Mean Martin Manning is a hysterical and thought provoking novel that poses the question on how involved the government should be involved in the lives of people who choose to live abnormal lifestyles.

Martin Manning is an older man who doesn’t want to be bothered. He hasn’t left his apartment in thirty years, instead having everything delivered, and avoids any kind of human interaction. But his life is thrown upside down with the entrance of Alice Pitney, a social worker who attempt...more
Kmurphy
A recluse headstrong to continue living on his own, Martin Manning is forced with the ultimate test: fighting the battle of wills.

Manning hasn’t left his home in over three decades and he prefers it that way. Content with being by himself around-the-clock, Manning is met with a force of nature: a woman by the name of Alice Pitney. A caseworker determined to implement a self-improvement program within Manning’s building, she is met with resistance, and for good reason.

In a strikingly honest manne...more
Jennifer
Martin Manning has been a living a solitary life shut off from the outside world for 30 years. All of his material needs are provided through online ordering and daily deliveries. All he wanted was to be left alone. Unfortunately, the Government wasn't about to let that happen.

I loved, loved, LOVED this book. It was so fantastically hilarious that 60 pages in I was already recommending it to a friend. A few pages later I was beseeching her to read it. I fell in love with Martin and to be honest...more
Joseph
Nov 06, 2008 Joseph added it
Just finished this book. This is a story about a guy who is a recluse. He lived in his apartment for 30 years without ever coming out. He ordered all his groceries delivered. He watched alot of tv, collected porcelain frogs and surfed the web. He ate salami with mustard on it. His entire wardrobe consisted of 15-20 different robes and a number of pairs of slippers. He was very happy.
That is until a social worker decided that he was not living healthy and starts harassing him. That is how the sto...more
Natascha
Wow. So I have to admit I really was ready to read something in this vein. I am really annoyed with people who feel the need to try and fix people. And like Martin, I just want to be left to my own devices. When Alice Pitney decides that Martin needs to be fixed and helped from his “harmful” behavior, i.e. being a shut in, she does so in the most annoying, psychopathic way. And Martin is forced to find his own brand of justice, against the people who put him in this situation. From hilarious mis...more
Glenda Alexander
For those of you who are ready for a really fun read, this is it a great tale of a loner that the world just will not leave alone.

Everyone seems to think they know what is best for this adult male that has been happy living within the walls of his apartment for 30 years whose needs are met by online ordering and deliveries. This man bothers no one and does not wish to be bothered.

A nosy caseworker decides to make Martin Manning her personal project and convert this loner to a social butterfly....more
Waven
My only complaint with this book is that I came to its end so quickly; I wanted to follow Martin farther down his path. In this very entertaining satire, readers meet remarkable and memorable Martin Manning, a 30-year shut-in who enjoys his quiet life amid clocks and frog figurines. When a new social rehabilitation program descends on the building and its inhabitants, Martin's lifestyle choice is threatened by plucky caseworker Alice Pitney. If she gets her way, Martin loses the life he knows an...more
Dan
Martin Manning is recluse that has been holed up in his apartment for over thirty years collecting frogs and eating the foods that he enjoys, never ever getting out of his bathrobe. Then caseworker, Alice Pitney knows on his door, determined to improve himself as mandated by law. He is forcibly removed from his apartment, has to wear clothing and mingle with the others in his building.

I found this story to be a study of government intervention on the individual. I felt for Martin. He lived and w...more
Julie
Once I started reading this book, I couldn't stop. It's a sly and humorous sendup of the nanny state. At the center of the bureaucratic good intentions (and a road to hell) is Mean Martin Manning, a recluse who simply wants to be left alone.

Martin is unabashed about his isolation and the fact that he really doesn't like people. He tolerated them for years only because he must, and even then with little to no civility. He then "retired" to his small apartment, where he enjoyed watching television...more
Gretchen
This novel is about an elderly man, Martin Manning, who has locked himself in his apartment for 30 years and has not interacted with anyone during that time. A caseworker comes to his apartment one day and is determined to have him come out and integrate with society again so that he can become a "better" person. The novel becomes a satire on how well-meaning intentions of help can quickly become excessive and infringe on a person's rights. Martin is removed forcibly from his apartment and then...more
Stephanie Griffin
Jul 13, 2011 Stephanie Griffin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone with a couple of hours to kill.
Mean Martin Manning just wants to be left alone. He’s been inside his apartment for 30 years, living amongst his frog figurines, his clocks, and his television. He doesn’t want or need human companionship. I can definitely relate to that! Sometimes I just want to read my books and shut out the rest of the world.
Unfortunately, caseworker Alice Pitney has other ideas for Martin. She intends to better his life by forcing him outside and into interacting with others. Martin’s life begins to devolve...more
Lana
I won this book on goodreads!!! Mean Martin Manning is diffrent that what I normaly would read.I did enjoy it,it was funny and well written.Martin is a interesting person that has a bit of bad luck when a social worker decides to "save him from himself" Read this one for yourself and see what you think. Let me know. This book would be good for a book club, it would have been nice to have someone else reading this book at the same time to get a diffrent view of what they thought.
Lulu
Jun 30, 2011 Lulu marked it as to-read
I won this book from the first reads giveaways and I am so excited to read it. Thanks.
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