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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Playful and prescient. A classic of contemporary philosophy.
A Thousand Plateaus is an absolute necessity for any
serious reader of contemporary philosophy. Deleuze and
Guattari correctly predicted the intensification of the
stratification of "civilized society" by 1980; they also
presaged the World Wide Web and declared their deep
suspicions about any and all massive systems for...
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning!!
This is a profound book. But do not buy this edition. I have had two seperate copies that have had the same fault with the binding, and amazon have confirmed that it is a recurring problem with this edition's manufacture. The edition looks lovely but is of terrible quality.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning!!, 29 Jan 2007
This is a profound book. But do not buy this edition. I have had two seperate copies that have had the same fault with the binding, and amazon have confirmed that it is a recurring problem with this edition's manufacture. The edition looks lovely but is of terrible quality.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Playful and prescient. A classic of contemporary philosophy., 27 Mar 1997
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A Thousand Plateaus is an absolute necessity for any
serious reader of contemporary philosophy. Deleuze and
Guattari correctly predicted the intensification of the
stratification of "civilized society" by 1980; they also
presaged the World Wide Web and declared their deep
suspicions about any and all massive systems for networking
humankind before the web ever existed. Their anarchic call
for radical individual autonomy never sounded truer than now.
(A noteworthy additional book to seek from their giant
bibliography: Pierre Clastres' Society Against the State.)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Challengingly imaginative philosophy, 6 Feb 2004
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This review is from: A Thousand Plateaus (Paperback)
This is a book that challenges traditional philosophy stylistically and conceptually. The creative terminology applied by D & G fits their Nietzschean strand of philosophical thought nicely, even when it becomes difficult to follow at times. Subjects varying from linguistics to psychoanalysis are covered in a refreshingly non-linear order. Together with Anti-Oedipus, this book can inspire.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous book, problematic edition., 6 Jun 2013
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This review is from: A Thousand Plateaus (Bloomsbury Revelations) (Paperback)
The five star rating refers only to the pure philosophical rhizomatic wizardry of this book, needless to say it's very close to a life changing experience. Although, I'd recommend to get acquainted with the schizo excursions of "Anti-oedipus" first.

The overall presentation of the 2013 Bloomsbury Revelations edition is great, the format is quite comfortable (it's noticeably bigger than the Continuum edition) and has nice cover design. But beware, there are way too many typos! It's very close to the threshold of unacceptability. It's quite a shame for Bloomsbury to publish such an exceptional book with so poor editorial job. This certainly won't stop me from completing it, but I won't be inclined to buy anything from the Bloomsbury Revelations series again.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars christmas gift, 4 Jan 2012
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This book was received with thanks and will be well read while studying for a masters degree and hopefully will add to the recipients knowledge.
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5 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hollow Verbiage for Clever Boys, 30 April 2012
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I bought this book hoping it would give fresh insight into capitalism, schizophrenia and other contemporary issues. Sadly it is simply a mass of hollow abstractions that were designed, I suspect, to demonstrate the cleverness of the authors rather to give a serious elucidation of contemporary world problems.I bet the only people who rave about this are boys [women never touch this sort of stuff] who also like squeaky jazz, never had to work with people labelled schizophrenic and have never had to do any manual work. If you have something worth saying it's possible to use clearer language. That is particularly important when you are raising questions about the meanings of concepts to do with politics, mental health and the way we construe the world.

However I must add that I did derive some pleasure from the book when I regarded it as a form of intellectual Dada. I found that I could take the basic vocabulary it uses and generate pompous metaphysical nonsense of my own. It was quite fun for a few sentences. But after a while I just had to get back to the real world.I've got to finish putting up my poly tunnel. I'm going to grow things I can eat in there. If you have time on your hands, don't read books like this. Go gardening instead.
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