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Mean Martin Manning by Scott Stein
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Jan 11, 2010

really liked it
Read in December, 2009

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" and she wants to help him "live up to his potential."

An interesting observation: Martin wasn't necessarily meant to be liked by the readers of the book, yet because we all have the desire to be left to live our lives the way we see it, we sympathize with Martin's plight.

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