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The Blessing by Nancy Mitford
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Jan 23, 11

Read from January 17 to 23, 2011 — I own a copy

I came away from this novel wondering about Nancy Mitford's attitude towards children. The title is ironic, the child it refers to is anything but a blessing. His name is Sigismond and he is manipulative and scheming, and focused entirely on what he perceives to be in his own interest. His affection for others, including his parents, is entirely based on what they are willing to lavish on him. He is revealed as a child who will betray anyone to get what he wants, and he appears to have no redeeming features at all. He is illustrated there on the cover, twirling his black curls, a mannerism he displays when concealing the truth. Read more

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