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The Child Buyer

↠ The Child Buyer  John Hersey - The Child Buyer, The Child Buyer This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it This work was reproduced from the original artifact and remains
  • Title: The Child Buyer
  • Author: John Hersey
  • ISBN: 9780394756981
  • Page: 217
  • Format: Paperback

↠ The Child Buyer  John Hersey, ↠ The Child Buyer  John Hersey - The Child Buyer, The Child Buyer This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it This work was reproduced from the original artifact and remains

  • ↠ The Child Buyer  John Hersey
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The Child Buyer

About Author

  1. John Hersey says:
    John Richard Hersey was a Pulitzer Prize winning American writer and journalist considered one of the earliest practitioners of the so called New Journalism, in which storytelling devices of the novel are fused with non fiction reportage Hersey s account of the aftermath of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, was adjudged the finest piece of journalism of the 20th century by a 36 member panel under the aegis of New York University s journalism department.

Comment 438 on “The Child Buyer

  1. Jokoloyo says:
    No need to be intimidated if you find the book with illustration cover of dark man looking down at a thin fragile child The cover illustration is the scariest part of the book Surprisingly, I found the story is an easy reading and sometimes even hilariously ridiculous.The content itself mainly about arguments for buying a child Compared to other Hersey s books, this book s theme is very mild If you seek a serious John Hersey s award winning classics maybe you will be disappointed with this relat [...]

  2. Michelle says:
    Thirty years ago, when I read this book back in high school, I focused only on the horror of the sinister stranger, Wissey Jones, who wanted to buy Barry Rudd As an adult, however, I see a deeper horror at work.The story, told in the format of a court transcript, is a quick, easy read However, the themes the shortcomings of the educational system of the US, television s corruption of society, and peoples blind belief in the need for national security will stick with me for a long time The traged [...]

  3. Mav says:
    I found this book through an old recommended reading list by my high school freshman English teacher The novel is in the form of a trial transcript which makes it seem almost like a drama I normally avoid reading dramas and books where only dialogue tells the story, but the personalities and motives of the many characters are so well written I fell easily into this work The Child Buyer is a study in perspectives No descriptions are needed because as each person stands to testify, they talk about [...]

  4. Andrew says:
    The Child Buyer was one of the few John Hersey books that I was not wildly enthusiastic about Not that it was badly written, but the plot was odd, and I could not connect to the themes in the novel either And while the style was unique, using a state senate hearing to tell the story, I thought the characters were charactatures, and the whole things together a bitwell, weird.This state senate hearings take place because three senators are looking into an accusations that a man has come into one o [...]

  5. Joe Santoro says:
    Between the cover of the book and the quotes on the back, one would think we ve got some kind of techno horror type novel goin on here, but what we really have is Hersey s version of A Modest Proposal.The book is entirely framed as a hearing with 3 state senators One is just a buffoon, and makes random comments throughout that are meant to be funny though fall a bit flat to this modern reader One is essentially McCarthyism incarnate, and the third just an average guy.In fact, just about every ch [...]

  6. Caitlyn says:
    This book is a strong 4.5 It is entertaining, at times VERY funny, and very well written It s written in the form of court transcripts in other words, it s told exclusively through dialogue with very little description At first this was hard to get into, as it s so different from the books that I normally read However, I really came to love it It is impressive to me how Hersey can bring such life to his characters, and to his message, with what I d consider to be such a limiting approach When I [...]

  7. Nikmaack says:
    Fun, strange, dark, disturbing I m told many people had to read this book in high school, but I d never heard of it before until someone mentioned it on Twitter Told in the form of a transcript from a government hearing, it s surprisingly compelling reading.The characters are well formed, the plot is a tad sluggish, but there is real suspense I found myself genuinely worried for the boy being bought, stuck in the middle of the drama.But it would not be compelling to most teens forced to read it [...]

  8. Irene says:
    There were some surprisingly funny sections in the beginning, however, the Senate hearing formula became tiring quickly I also just could not buy the whole premise and felt he had such a cynical hopeless opinion on mankind Maybe that comes from covering Hiroshima The best part of the book was the cover I will be tossing this into the book bin as soon as I can.

  9. Kathee says:
    Best book I ve read in a long time Although written in 1960 and told in the form of senate hearings, it s dark commentary is as pertinent today as ever What is the price of our convictions

  10. K. Anna Hardy says:
    I ve arranged my thoughts on this terrifying story into a haiku Corruption runs deep,Manipulated by greed.Nothing s too gruesome.

  11. Danielle says:
    All written in court playlike writing format Dabbles around in things that appear unecessary when really the whole point of the story is to show how these people are turned around to admit to selling the child A study in human psychology and manipulation than a drama about the actual child or program itself.

  12. Guy says:
    Written in the form of court transcripts, Hersey excels at giving each character a distinct voice while utilizing the structure of the courtroom proceedings to underscore the futility of square pegs in round holes The story is especially apt in today s climate of Alternative Facts.

  13. Barry says:
    I grabbed this book off the library shelf because the title is compelling and the cover art chilling With such a great cover and title, the book has to be great, right D oh It s not that the story is bad, it s just that it s so disappointing All the potential never came to fruition, leaving a hollow ache instead of anticipated fulfillment Part of the problem is the format of the book Writing a book as if it were a senate hearing is a neat idea, but one that would have worked far better as a shor [...]

  14. Bill Shackleford says:
    This was like rejoining an old friend Much of the book I recalled, especially the humorous characterizations of educational minions, although legislators were an easier target for satire The speculative fiction portion not really science fiction I spent time on this reading.Hersey had a Faustian streak, nowhere so than here In this case, the devil really a corporation representative has an uncanny knack for determining each person s vulnerability and his her leverage point for agreeing to the [...]

  15. Anne Hawn Smith says:
    I read this a long time agoobably 30 years ago and thought it was one of my favorite books then I ve learned a lot by then and I still think it is great, especially because I ve run into a lot politicians and bureaucrats since then The plot centers on a stranger who comes to town and wants to buy an extremely intelligent boy because of his potential for his company The scene is a Senate hearing in which some of the goofiest politicians attempt to decide if there is any wrong done The people wh [...]

  16. Don Murphy says:
    The novel is a running transcript, which makes reading it a bit difficult Running true to a transcript, people are brought in and out of the questioning as the story is pieced together The story itself is a great idea a man representing a corporation with ties to the government defense goes from town to town to purchase geniuses Why is revealed near the end, as the townspeople decide whether or not the local brain child should be sent to this corporation.Some very strong thematic ideas and specu [...]

  17. Jack says:
    I first read this book in 1967 and although dated it is still a valuable read It is a riveting, depressing and sometimes humorous story dealing with child psychology, economics and the nature of education Can and should children be bought The book is structured around a trial dealing with this issue A moralistic story, told keenly, bringing an unbelievable concept into the possibility of reality.

  18. Smcelwaney says:
    This book was written from an interesting perspective and had a deeply disturbing plot, both of which I appreciate as an avid reader The plot overall, however, moved slowly and John Hersey really failed to create the tense and terrifying novel that he was clearly trying craft There is a glimmer of the insanity that he tried to create towards the end of the book that literally makes the entire book worth reading.

  19. Tim Petersik says:
    Excellent, well written novel superficially about a company representative who buys children certain children only on behalf of the company This engaging story begs you to figure out what it s really about Is it the exploitation of people The commercialization of people The homogenization produced by education I had fun sorting through the possible meanings with friends I hope you do too.

  20. Sarah says:
    When the State Senate Committee on Morality meets to try and figure out why a company would have trouble buying a 10 year old boy to use as an intelligent lab mouse, you know it s gonna be ugly By conspicuously never mentioning human rights, Hersey ensures that the reader will be unable to think of anything else Unfortunately, the characters are exagerated and one dimensional, much of the writing is really dull, and many important elements of the book are simply outdated.

  21. Mike says:
    This is a 50 s style straight laced comedy There is shtick between the obviously written for laughs characters It s written in a legalese setting and tone To give Hersey credit I felt like I was attending a hearing but then again why would I want to attend a hearing I had to give up on this one without finding out why he wanted to buy as child.

  22. Docta_b says:
    the format of a congressional inquiry at first is tedious but one easily acclimates an easy, entertaining read with some perhaps over overt social critique still, recommended.

  23. John says:
    This was a re read from high school days, useful in understanding the man as a machine point of view, and a modern context for the buying and selling of children.


  24. dead letter office says:
    unfavorite book by a favorite author.

  25. Matthew McKenna says:
    More humorous than I remember it, but still very dark.

  26. Henry Sturcke says:
    Started this summer of 1975 on the recommendation of a good friend Somehow I couldn t connect with it Perhaps I ll try again sometime.

  27. Don Gubler says:
    Chilling story of lost childhood and the power of the state corporations.

  28. jasmine says:
    I just couldn t get into it I don t think it was my kind of book


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