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Mean Martin Manning by Scott Stein
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Sep 02, 2011

really liked it

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 worked all his life and now wanted to be left alone. I see nothing wrong with that. He wasn’t mean, but a stubborn and headstrong person. This intervention changes Martin’s life and I just think that why can’t we just live and let live. Funny and satirical at times, this was an amusing book making this reader wonder where it will all end.
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