Humorous, generous, spiritually illuminating, self-deprecating, and moving - in my case, to many tears. Not qualities one immediately associates with complex philosophical writing. The feel of 'Errata' is valedictory, 'as the close comes nearer.' George Steiner returns to the concerns of earlier works, and comments on their reception (or lack of it). There are summaries and elaborations of lifelong preoccupations: the disjunction of word and world, the meanings of monotheism, the importance of art, meaning and silence, the sense of place, etc. But the confessional element is stronger here than elsewhere in this formidable thinker's shimmering, life-affirming opus. He states convictions, and exposes his theology, unguardedly, and should be thanked for doing so. This is a book of immense learning and great wonder.