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5.0 out of 5 stars
Everyone should read Tallis!, 28 April 2013
Tallis is both a philosopher and a former neurosurgeon so one might expect him to be incisive, intelligent, etcetera, as he most certainly is. In addition, he is frequently very funny, and always deeply humane. This is a man who knows pompous balderdash when he sees it and is unafraid to debunk. I particularly enjoyed his refutation of McTaggart's claim that time is unreal, his thoughts as to why Ian McEwan's novel, Saturday, is a "polished failure," and his response to Chekhov's story, Ward 6. At the same time, as the title suggests, Tallis opens up ordinary, habitual parts of life and reminds us how astounding and sometimes utterly mysterious they are. Tallis is a passionate, elegant, and poetic writer. Complex ideas are physicalised and made relatively easy to grasp. Highly recommended!