The Man Who Loved Children

By Christina Stead
Read by C. M. Hébert

19.42 Hours 08/01/1997 unabridged
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Sam and Henny Pollit have too many children, too little money, and too much loathing for one another. As Sam uses the children’s adoration to feed his own voracious ego, Henny watches in bleak despair, knowing the bitter reality that lies just below his mad visions. A chilling novel of the relations between parents and children, husbands and wives, The Man Who Loved Children is acknowledged as a contemporary classic.

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Summary

Summary

One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

Sam and Henny Pollit have too many children, too little money, and too much loathing for one another. As Sam uses the children’s adoration to feed his own voracious ego, Henny watches in bleak despair, knowing the bitter reality that lies just below his mad visions. A chilling novel of the relations between parents and children, husbands and wives, The Man Who Loved Children is acknowledged as a contemporary classic.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This crazy, gorgeous family novel is one of the great literary achievements of the twentieth-century.” Jonathan Franzen
“Told in a gush of extravagant language such as is not heard in the age of television…[Hébert gives] every word its proper attention and [shows] great sensitivity to the emotional content (usually high) of every line of dialogue.” AudioFile
“Simply as a portrait of an extraordinary family, the book probably has no equal. And what a family!…Although the larger-than-life domestic scenes may not always be pleasant to read, they are nevertheless unforgettable. Listening to them might actually be better than reading them…with [audio], the splendid writing can be fully appreciated. C.M. Hébert reads the challenging text with skill and understanding.” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Christina Stead

Christina Stead (1902–1983) born in Australia, was the author of over a dozen works of fiction and the recipient of the Patrick White Prize.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 19.42
Audience: Adult
Language: English