The Man Who Loved Children (Penguin Modern Classics)

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The Man Who Loved Children is a magnificent novel of family life.  The Pollits--Sam and Henny and their swarming household of children and animals--are American. (The time: the 1940s; the setting: in and around Washington and Baltimore.) The writer who brings them overwhelmingly to life is Australian.  The novel, after years of being discovered, forgotten and rediscovered, is now securely established as a twentieth-century classic: a singularly brilliant portrayal of the all-encompassing, sometimes sheltering, sometimes suffocating womblike world that parents and children can create. Everything about the Pollits--their excesses of energy and indulgence, their closeness, their bitterness, their emotional interaction--is extreme, but the paradoxical marvel of Christina Stead's masterpiece stems from its power to convey out of such extremes an utterly convincing depiction of the central relationships of human experience.

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She could transmute personal experience into something of both social and psychological significance … She was one of the great originals --The Times

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Christina Stead’s finest and most famous novel, 'The Man Who Loved Children', is the story of the savage warfare between Henrietta, ‘a raging wreck of a woman, driven by horror, passion and contempt,’ and her husband Sam, whose impractical idealism has brought his family to near-ruin. At sea in the world of adults, Sam is a genius in the eyes of each of his five children – except for Louie, his gauche and brilliant elder daughter. Wise and all-seeing, Louie is forced to take drastic steps to save herself and her siblings from lasting tragedy…

At once an immediate and rhapsodic study of the intricacies and joys of family life and a dark and intense study of domestic terror, 'The Man Who Loved Children' is one of the century’s great originals.

“To open any book by Christina Stead is to be at once aware that one is in the presence of greatness. A profoundly serious, deeply accomplished and magically illuminating novelist, she restores to us the entire world in its infinite complexity and inexorable bitterness.”
ANGELA CARTER.

“'The Man Who Loved Children' is Stead’s finest and most finely balanced novel. A dark star among novelists, her work is of a verdigris brilliance, of a very fine perception and always of uncalculating honesty.”
'TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT.'

“The art of Christina Stead is individual, idiosyncratic, constantly challenging, emotionally and intellectually rewarding.”
'LISTENER.'

“Christina Stead is a formidable and entirely individual writer.”
'NEW STATESMAN.'

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