2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2012
This is another Verso classic: Wark presents a readable but still highly informative and original insight into the life and times of the Situationist International. What I found most interesting is that, unlike much of the other SI criticism out there, Wark does not dwell too predominantly on Guy Debord - instead, he considers other members like Lefebvre etc., which made this a refreshing take. Overall, a very enjoyable read - scholarly and fun - I definitely recommend it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 May 2015
I was a student political activist in the late 70's, I had friends who described themselves as situationists and I had a very basic understanding of what the term meant. So I when I read the reviews for this book, which was billed as "a readable explanation of the movement's ideas", I was really looking forward to it. Oh dear. This is a bumper book of obscurantist jargon, not odd lines but entire pages of incomprehensible drivel. Rather than genuinely trying to explain anything to the reader the author seems far more intent on demonstrating his own credentials as a situationist fellow traveller. I persevered to the end purely out of an amazed sense of curiosity - was Wark ever going to say anything useful, or failing that just comprehensible, about his subject? Well, not really. In an attempt to make sense of this book I frequently resorted to Wikipedia and to Googling various sources, all if which proved immeasurably clearer and better written. If you want to know about situationism I suggest you do likewise and save yourself £12. Potlatch my arse!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 August 2012
I suspect this book is aimed at students of SI rather than those members of the general public (such as myself) who have a rather less scholarly interest in the subject.
I cannot fault his research, and the writing style is as times very engaging, but I often found myself adrift and having to re-read long passages to try and grasp what the author was trying to get across. Some terms are not defined and I had to use google more than once to try and make sense of the text.
All in all a flawed book but not without considerable merits.
7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2011
Just arrived today and I have read 30 pages...
This is a sublime work of research, writing and creativity.
I can smell Paris reading it and am excited and inspired by the content.