This is an interesting book. It suffers some what from lack of structure but that is to some extent a reflection of the methodology chosen which is personal accounts of growing up as children of Communist Party members. The most interesting aspects for me are the way in which it exposes how hypocritcal and self deluding people can be and also the effect for children of growing up as outsiders from society as a result of the choices their parents had made. What also comes through however is the profound way many of these children have benefited in adult life from the critical framework of a Marxist perspective. It is also interesting to me the comments on the Stalinist structures of the Communist party and how profoundly flawed they are and yet left wing groups still seek to self impose these structures instead of recognising that the left ought to be the place for honest debate.
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