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Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm
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Oct 14, 11

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I listened to this book online, which was an adventure in itself. What a silly book, but sharp and painful, too. People are sheep, historians make up stuff, and academics hate youth, even as teaching is (supposedly) one of their main reasons for existence. It's funny and ridiculous, but also deeply pessimistic--about people's ability to make decisions for themselves or to understand or empathize truly with other human beings, and about their tendency to regard the rest of the world as constructed solely for their own enjoyment. What happens is monstrous, but the whole thing is reasoned out so carefully that it's cynically believable. And Zuleika's response to it is equally monstrous and believable.

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