|Man Who Loved Children, the (1940) [Novel]|
by Christina Stead
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The Pollits are a damaged family with six children living in the Washington D.C. suburbs. Sam, the father and a civil servant with the Conservation Bureau, is full of starry-eyed ideals and too in love with the sound of his own voice. Henny, the mother, a bitter, splenetic woman from a wealthy family, is sinking under the weight of the disappointment of marrying below her stature and not having enough money to support so many children. They have a longstanding contempt for each other and are barely on speaking terms. Louie, Samís adolescent daughter from his first marriage, is caught between the two, growing disaffected from her overbearing father and feeling, despite Hennyís verbal and physical abuse, an odd identification with her. Samís nine-month trip to Malaya, his subsequent dismissal from his job and their forced move to a ramshackle house on the poor side of town deepen fissures within the family and propel them toward tragedy.
Original title: The Man Who Loved Children
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction