THE HARRAD EXPERIMENT
Written by Robert H. Rimmer

1966 **** 306 pages

I first became aware of this book thanks to Tippi Hedren's memoir. Tippi Hedren appears in the film adaptation of this book. I must say I'm glad I read the book first. The film seems to miss the point of the book entirely. Robert H. Rimmer has some very interesting things to say about sex and relationships in the modern world, and the film just doesn't seem to get it. The book is told through the journals of four students at a new, experimental college, where students are given roommates of the opposite sex. They also must participate in physical education every day, in the nude. It's an addictive book that is worth reading a couple times, then doing some heavy thinking about what it has to say.


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