Shop now Learn more Shop now Shop Clothing clo_fly_aw15_NA_shoes Shop All Shop All Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Shop Fire TV Shop now Shop Fire HD 6 Shop Kindle Paperwhite Shop now Shop Now Shop now

Customer Reviews

13
3.8 out of 5 stars
The Examined Life
Format: Kindle EditionChange
Price:£2.32
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2010
Satire has been around a long time. Juvenal observed that "It is difficult not to write satire." But it is difficult to write great satire. Most modern satire seems to me like a sermon by one of the Knox brothers...all preachy and exhorting, like recent politicians who tell us how and what to eat. Satire done right requires a keen sense of observation, wisdom, and wit. The Examined Life is outright hilarious.
Theodore Dalrymple's decades long documentation of societal ills pays off again in a novella filled with facetiousness as he follows a health addict through his daily ritual of protecting himself from life. Living life long or well is not the same thing as living long and well. We all know people like this (including, perhaps, a bit of ourselves) and it is fun to see the whole show. This is life lived in a health food store in the vitamin section. Nothing is safe from concern as the hero calls his local community council to ask about searching for radon in his apartment: "...after a long message telling me that the department was there to make life safe for everyone, regardless of race, religion, gender or disability...I spoke to someone with a disability, namely an inability to follow a logical argument." This is a belly bouncing, tear producing, hysterically funny book.
As a physician, I have had many discussions with my patients when they ask about the most recent vitamin du jour or over-the-counter cure for what ails you. When I tell them that vitamin X has been shown not only not to help what they are taking if for but, in fact, makes it worse, their frequent response is, "Well, they must not have taken enough."
Well, one can never get enough of Theodore Dalrymple. Improve your health and read The Examined Life. The fact that one also gets his excellent comedy, So Little Done, makes this book a steal.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2013
I loved the first story, 5 stars definitely ... the 'writer' is such a pompous, self-righteous, rigid, dogmatic, self-obsessed, un-self-aware ....er....idiot (I'm censoring myself here). It's a glorious telling of an obsessive life. From the first sentence I was grinning inanely, with the occasional unrestrainable giggle... A joy, tho' perhaps not one to read on the train if you're traveling alone?
Sadly, the second story didn't work as well for me, which is why the book only gets 4 stars. Buy it for the first story tho - it's worth it
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2010
....Anthony Daniels should have written this in co-authorship with a practiced novelist.

I am a "Dalrymple" fan, but this doesn't compare to his empirical essays. It's the story of a man who is so obssessed by Health and Safety, that he cannot lead a conventional life.

This short story is crying out for adaptation for the cinema or for TV as a comedy series. If you're reading this Anthony, please take your book to a scriptwriter!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2013
I almost believed the cover story for a whole page.... Very amusing if you're not a Guardian reader or social worker or GP.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 April 2013
What an excellent book. Side split-tingly funny in places with good digs at fat unhealthy smokers and those of limited intellect that blight all our lives from time to time.
The ending is great and let me tell you not as far fetched as you might think!!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2010
The madman in 'The Examined Life' is reminiscent of those found in the works of Thomas Bernhard whose works I recommend if you haven't read them. This story is also strangely reminiscent of Dostoyevsky's 'Notes From Underground'. The abject hero is comedic, grotesque, monstrous, laughable and pathetic by turns. His monomaniacal obsession can only end in disaster. Good riddance I say.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Luckily this is a short book, as takes a jolly good idea by the throat and unfortunately then hammers it to death.

An Examined Life tells the increasingly monotonous tale of a hypochondriac who examines every risk and researches every medical diagnosis, ending up living without being alive.

It is sometimes funny, which lifts the spirits, and is in the end ironic, but somehow the yes, highly medically informed, banging on becomes unreadable.

Nice try, I often enjoy 'Theodore Dalrymple's' contributions to the media, however with this he is flogging a dead horse, after first few chapters.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 30 September 2013
very good, but not his best, the characterisation and theme wear thin after a while, but depressingly accurate as a portrayal of our risk averse, health warning obsessed, society.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 8 September 2014
I can devour all Dr Dalrymple's writing - very perceptive view of the "working classes"
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 26 June 2015
Excellent read - I know people just like it!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
     
 
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Life At The Bottom
Life At The Bottom by Theodore Dalrymple
£2.80

If Symptoms Persist
If Symptoms Persist by Theodore Dalrymple
£2.32

 
     

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.