on 27 August 2002
There is no doubt about it: this is a brilliant book, and one which it will be hard for anyone engaged in serious theological reflection to ignore. Pickstock opens up liturgy as a way of engaging with time, and of critiquing much contemporary thought. Her analysis is far-reaching - it ranges from Plato to Derrida - and invariably insightful.
As with any brilliant book, however, there are problems. The book's ambition is so great that at times it covers ground too quickly. For instance, there is a discussion of Italian Futurism which seems out of place and is too rapid. Moreover, the historical sweep of Pickstock's argument will be off-putting to many readers. It is philosophically sophisticated, but historically simplistic.
However, such annoyances merely encouraged me to engage with the book more profoundly. It is hard to imagine reading this book without thereby feeling enriched.