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With Charity Toward None: A Fond Look At Misanthropy

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  261 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Stitch for stitch, no American writer working today can match the witty scalpelwork of Florence King.  In With Charity Toward None, the unreconstructed people-hater offers her pièce de résistance: a guided tour of the misanthropic life, and an inspirational handbook for Americans grown tired of "goo-goo humanitarianism and sensititivy that never sleeps."  Along the way, sh ...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published March 15th 1993 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published March 1992)
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M.L.
May 20, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Florence King is funny and mean. I like her. She doesn't like me.

I've been reading Florence during an election year and alongside a few articles on the death of conservatism. She has written a column for years for the National Review and has described herself as a "bisexual, conservative, feminist." She's smart. And mean.

I don't know where to go with this review, so I'll just say that the world was better when Florence King was more widely read and the Republicans were the party of "leave me alo
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Aug 14, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Misanthropes
This is not your most entertaining book, but covering such a rare subject as misanthropy is what makes it a worthy read. Covering misanthropes of all kinds in different degrees and different time periods in the past, will give you many different paths and people to further study in the subject at hand. Reading the inlays and the back of the book made me think this was about to be a really, really good one, but I found it to be bland and soft for the most part, with your occasional great passages ...more
Terri
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Misanthropes have often been the most influential personalities that shaped history... and, ironically, usually the most interesting of folks. Miss King does a great job of collecting and telling some of these types' stories through her sharp eyes. Definitely a re-read type of book and one I spent foisting on friends by reading aloud.
Amanda Miranda-Flores
Hilarious and morbid comic relief. Quite good as a reference point to remember that loving others really is just one the many choices we have.
Roland
Feb 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I've probably read this book more than any other book on my list...and I don't even own it! It's not the deepest book you'll read, but it's a fun, entertaining collection of people who hate people.
Adam
Apr 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those of Great Contempt
Shelves: great-stuff
Chicken Soup for the Misanthropic Soul.
Deniz Cem Önduygu
Although it contains some brilliant passages when King is delivering her own ideas/jokes, and useful distinctions such as the one between "the misanthrope of the naked intellect" and "the tender misanthrope", I found the book too human-centered for a self-proclaimed misanthrope. I mean, of course you have to consider the object of your hate when you're writing about it, but the text too often gets tangled up in historical and biographical details (of a real person or a fictional character) that ...more
Daniela
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think Florence King is one of those writers that you either loathe or love. The book is a short tour about people that the author considers as misanthropes instead of eccentric or plainly "mean people" like Nixon and Dian Fossey among others.

Funny and full of very relatable quotes/ideas "Misanthropes have some admirable if paradoxical virtues. It is no exaggeration to say that we are among the nicest people you are likely to meet. Because good manners build sturdy walls, our distaste for inti
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ehk2
"The misanthrope must either be cold to begin with, or he must turn cold when he finally acknowledges what he has known all along: Sex requires people. There is no greater contradiction than a misanthrope in bed. If he persists in staying there, the primal contradiction will spread like a cancer to his higher brain cells, until nothing he says or thinks will make any sense.

Consistency, thou art a jewel. As with Catholicism, so with misanthropy, the jewel in the crown is celibacy"


Mostly funny an
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Cat.
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, essays, humor
Florence is quite proud of the fact that she doesn't see what's wrong with the misanthropes of the world. She finds them perfectly rational and sensible. People annoy her--no, people never fail to live down to her expectations. She has, in this volume, combed literature and history for her compatriots, including Ambrose Bierce, Gustave Flaubert, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

She's funny, all-too-right about people wearing rose-colored glasses, and painful when she exposes one's own self in her scath
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Born in Washington, D.C. in 1936 to a bookish British father and a tomboy American mother, Florence King spent her childhood living with her parents, her maternal grandmother, and her grandmother's maid.

King showed talent in French, but unable to pursue it as a major at American University, she switched to a dual major of history and English. She attended the University of Mississippi for graduat
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