A study of eccentricity, or persons regarded as eccentric, must be one of the neglected areas of Psychology. If we were really objective, we might have to acknowledge many great men and women had more than their fair share of eccentricities..
How healthy is the feeling in society that if someone is a little different, they must change to fit the ‘norm’? I could go on, for example, the negative effects of childhood bullying, but getting back to this book, the characters within are certainly ‘different’! I supppose you could say they represent extremes, and for this reason become interesting, but discussed in a light hearted way, you learn quite a bit about the times and places they lived. I enjoyed this book, itself a little eccentric, very much!