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Spectacular Happiness

by Peter Kramer

What provokes Chip Samuels, an English teacher to blow up the beach houses of the wealthy along the Cape Cod seafront? This is a book of ideas, how we live, how we bring up our children, our politics and our ways of surviving life in the modern world. It's a book that makes you think, posing questions rather than dictating answers.

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I recognize poignancy in the downfall of seawalls and houses. They are all falling anyway, giving way to the primal elements, time, wind, water....To stand in such a home in winter is to feel the grandeur and folly of human enterprise.

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