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'a spoilt boy'

a spoilt boy - a memoir of childhood

i haven't posted in a long time but i came across frederic raphael's 'a spoilt boy - a memoir of childhood' which is predominantly about his experience of antisemitism at charterhouse

"However arbitrary a society may be in its morals, if it has the means and kudos both to reward the submissive and to coerce the rebellious, its contradictions will be declared to be mysteriously consistent and its absurdities conducive to traditional virtues. What makes no sense will be venerated as part of a sublime scheme which heretics must be too perverse or too self-centered to understand."

i'd picked it up at the mobile library because i remembered enjoying his television series 'the glittering prizes' with tom conti and i think i read the book

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