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Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie
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Aug 08, 2010

did not like it

Classism time in classism town. More precisely, "adoption is unnatural, adoptive children and parents never truly and properly bond the way biological children and parents do, and all good women desperately long to have their own babies" time in [ibid.:] town. Also a lovely running theme about how the one daughter who's half-black and half-white, to whom everyone refers as "half-caste," is all inscrutable and cat-like as has no sense of time because she's half-black. With Aggie, it's all nature, I guess, except when it's convenient to blame things on a terrible woman who had to adopt children and because she didn't fulfill her biological urges she over-mothered them and smothered them and ruined them. But of course they started ruined, because they came from trash.

Seriously, Agatha, did you start a Royal Society for Eugenics, or something? Because that's all I could think about, reading this. It was unbearable. Just when I start giving you credit for lessening your nasty attitudes, somehow you get worse. Single star for this book, because the solution and one of the inescapable happy endings are GROSS. Totally unrealistic. Lady why are you so hateful?
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August 8, 2010 – Started Reading
August 8, 2010 – Shelved
August 8, 2010 –
0.0% "Thus far, this book is like a pro-eugenics tract. Christie and Margaret Sanger could've been best pals. Aggie-n-Maggie, keeping those filthy inferior classes from breeding."
August 8, 2010 – Finished Reading

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