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  • The Man Who Loved Children | Christina Stead

    The Man Who Loved Children

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Christina Stead
    • Narrated By C. M. Hebert
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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 family life, this work is acknowledged as a contemporary classic.

    Kristin says: "psychological torture in the best way"
  • The Man Who Loved Children | Christina Stead

    The Man Who Loved Children

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christina Stead
    • Narrated By Fiona Press
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    Henrietta, privileged and sheltered, expected a smoothly comfortable society life in Washington when she married Sam Pollitt, a handsome self-made biologist. Ten years later, Henny is a skinny, screaming drudge with five children, a raging wreck of a woman driven by 'hate, horror, passion or contempt'. But Sam, whose impractical idealism has brought his family to near-ruin, is unchanged: still at sea in all adult affairs, an absurd hypocritical buffoon but a genius with children, except Louie, his eldest daughter.

  • I’m Dying Laughing: The Humorist | Christina Stead

    I’m Dying Laughing: The Humorist

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Christina Stead
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
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    This last great work by one of the century’s great writers is a large and original novel of betrayal and self-delusion, madness and consuming passions, that recreates to chilling effect the political turbulence of the American Left and the clamor and menace of the McCarthy Right. Not since her classic The Man Who Loved Children has Stead fashioned such willful and memorable characters as Emily Wilks and Stephen Howard.

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