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The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic
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Dec 06, 2011

did not like it

My son made me read this. He got pretty excited about it because of a college class that focussed on literary realism. Personally, he saw in himself similarities to the hypocrisy of Theron Ware. Oh, Philip, you're not even close. Ware was an interesting character insofar as he was completely unaware of his hipocracy. You're far too honestly introspective to be anything like him.

This is a brand of realism that I have no enthusiasm for. It's part of that tradition which examines the spiritual poverty of the middle class and it seems insufferably condescending to me.
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