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Farewell Fear [Paperback]

Theodore Dalrymple
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1 Oct 2012
Farewell Fear is a collection of Theodore Dalrymple's finest essays written for New English Review between 2009 and 2012. His first such collection was Anything Goes (2011). Once encountered, Theodore Dalrymple has become for many of us a shared treasure-the cultured, often mordantly funny social commentator who was for many years a psychiatrist at a British prison. This collection of recent essays captures Dalrymple at his best, ruminating at one moment about why poisoners tend to be more interesting than other kinds of murderers and at another why Tony Blair's mind reminds him of an Escher drawing. No one else writes so engagingly and so candidly about the world as it is, not as the politically correct would have it be. -- Dr. Charles Murray author of Coming Apart and The Bell Curve

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: World Encounter Institute/New English Review Press; First edition (1 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985439475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985439477
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Those of us who are dyed-in-the-wool Theodore Dalrymple fans will welcome his latest book, Farewell Fear - a collection of essays more contemplative than his eye-witness, slice-of-life essays on the British lower class in his Life at the Bottom and other books. But there are nuggets of wry insights in Farewell Fear as well, and on a wider range of subjects, often devastating the conventional wisdom of our times. For example, he does not buy the idea that violent ideological movements are a result of the desperation of the poor. He points out, for example, that Cuba’s revolutionary movement was led by Fidel Castro, who “was both highly privileged, with a sense of entitlement and deeply resentful, always a dreadful combination.” That same could be said of Karl Marx, among others. Farewell Fear is a somewhat different kind of book by Theodore Dalrymple, but with the same thought-provoking insights.

    -- Thomas Sowell author of Intellectuals and Society and The Thomas Sowell Reader

Once encountered, Theodore Dalrymple has become for many of us a shared treasure—the cultured, often mordantly funny social commentator who was for many years a psychiatrist at a British prison. This collection of recent essays captures Dalrymple at his best, ruminating at one moment about why poisoners tend to be more interesting than other kinds of murderers and at another why Tony Blair’s mind reminds him of an Escher drawing. No one else writes so engagingly and so candidly about the world as it is, not as the politically correct would have it be. 
    -- Dr. Charles Murray author of Coming Apart and The Bell Curve

Dr. Dalrymple's eye alights on a topic--hedgehogs, insincerity, dictators; his mind dissects it; his imagination embroiders it; his judgment delivers an appropriate verdict, usually condemnation; and his sensibility ensures that all these activities are conceived, argued, and expressed wittily or sadly but always beautifully. This book is high intellectual meandering.
    -- John O’Sullivan author of The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister

--New English Review

About the Author

Theodore Dalrymple is a former prison doctor and psychiatrist. He has been arrested as a spy in Gabon, been sought by the South African police for violating apartheid, visited the site of a civilian massacre by the government of Liberia, concealed his status as a writer for fear of execution in Equatorial Guinea, infiltrated an English communist group in order to attend the World Youth Festival in North Korea, performed Shakespeare in Afghanistan, smuggled banned books to dissidents in Romania, been arrested and struck with truncheons for photographing an anti-government demonstration in Albania and crossed both Africa and South America using only public transportation. He is also the author of more than two dozen books and innumerable essays.


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Always witty and incisive Mr Dalrymple (Daniels) wades fearlessly into a tangled social problems, with the authority of a retired prison psychiatrist and intellectual. Those of us on the "mild-left" need our assumptions challenged like this.
One of the most touching moments comes in an essay in which he expresses dismay that so many critics, including professors of leading universities, resort to vituperation to attack what he considered to be carefully balanced views. Opposing views and even corrections he will accept, but internet-scattered ad hominem abuse from people who might be presumed to be above such behaviour he cannot understand.
In the very next essay Mr Dalrymple deals with the Anglican Church - describing it as run by "snivelling, cowardly bishops"!

Ah, well, wouldn't it be boring if humans were consistent?

Thank you for a good read. It is good to see the essay form still thrives in such hands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars essential reading 14 Jan 2014
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Ruling us today is not a Party as brutal perhaps as Orwell's 1984 but for sure and for certain we are living in a society where dissent from the system is not tolerated, free thinking comes at some personal cost, and where lies and corruption are endemic to everything.
Onto the scene comes Dr. Dalrymple who with a skilled surgeons knife who deftly exposes the rotten core.
The range of his learning is astonishing - and refreshing, it would be a pure joy to read if his material were not so grim.
But if the truth sets us free, lies must imprison us. And Britain is full to overflowing with lies.
My own professional experience is similar to Dr. Dalrymple's and I can vouch for pretty much everything he says.
As an historian I would add that there is not a single example I can think of where a country that has collapsed as thoroughly as modern Britain has not ended up in a condition of a war of all against all.
The radical Left has simply taken over the country. This has happened gradually since the late 1950's but the cultural revolution launched by the liberals - which perhaps really got going with the Abortion Act in the late 1960s - is now a permanent feature of our collapsed society.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking ideas about social problems 8 Dec 2012
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I have read a number of his books before. Although many of the themes are similar, there is always something new to highlight his views on many topics relating to the problems of modern society.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Dalrymple cornucopia 9 Oct 2012
By Geoff Puterbaugh - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent collection of forty-two essays by Theodore Dalrymple, long one of my favorite writers.

In it you will find discussions of Brits who love hedgehogs, the Irish bubble, terrorism in Mumbai, an analysis of some intellectual fool who puts Margaret Thatcher in the same "class" as Napoleon and Hitler, an essay describing some of the genuinely good people he has known, and taking abundance for granted: "Without gratitude, there is no happiness."

More: the poisoner Graham Young, feminist editors who change his "mankind" to "humankind" (which he rightly calls barbarism), Fujimori and his destruction of the "Shining Path" in Peru, why we should put crooks in jail (despite a French intellectual calling for "the abolition of prisons"), and a fairly brutal send-up of leftists who want to raise the inheritance tax to 100%, all the while practicing deficit financing. As Dalrymple acidly points out, this means we can't leave our kids the house, but we can leave them our debts, which strikes him as a very strange moral system.

Other topics include: spending a week with a TV in his house (he hated it), Internet hate mail, the culture of dependency instituted among Kurds in Great Britain, his dislike of professional sport and its fans, the death of his dog, the death of art, men who throw acid in women's faces, personal ads, and Haydn string quartets.

I particularly liked his summary of the housing bubble in Britain: "Our banks were no good, our government was no good, and we were no good. Other than that, everything was fine." (!!)

Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars so well written, so compelling 12 Aug 2013
By Andrew Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
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Dalrymple sees what he sees and reports it accurately and fearlessly without the pc goggles that so many of us are used to wearing
His stance against welfare, soft prison sentencing and forgiveness of domestic violence gives hope that the battle for decency is not lost, and that the cycle of dreadful upbringing and crime can be broken.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like a cool breeze on a Summers day 18 Nov 2012
By Porsena - Published on Amazon.com
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Easily readable short essays. A crisp style and a dry sense of humour. Dalrymple will usually take you one layer deeper than other writers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with Theodore Dalrymple! 29 Oct 2013
By Texas Redhead - Published on Amazon.com
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Another excellent work by a great author! Essays cover a wide range of topics and shed new insight into modern life and culture. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect essays 28 July 2013
By r.kneyber - Published on Amazon.com
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I had never heard of Theodore Dalrymple before, so I started reading with an open mind.

From the first essay on (which is about people that save hedgehogs) I was deeply fascinated by the way in which he pulls several subject into the same essay and manages to write about them in a dry, humorous yet eloquent way.

An absolute masterpiece!
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