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The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead
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Mar 27, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012

The glib initial thought would be oh splendid, I can read the big nasty family novels that Franzen touts instead of the ones he writes. Next, that nebulous prophecy about American fascism comes to mind … though once we’ve confirmed that eugenicists should, by their own criteria, be sterilized, we find that the U.S. and European totalitarian models have an appalling sentimentality in common. Citizens are lovingly infantilized, cooed to about conveniently past and faded glory. The hazy abstract good is held above those material or pragmatic. There is never a philosophically serious effort to govern—only to busy, restrict and dazzle the masses like so many filthy kids.

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Scott Hey I have a question. Is this book explicit? Moreover, does it have sexually explicit scenes? Thanks!

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