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4.0 out of 5 stars "a book to learn from and to argue with"
My title is a quote from a cover review: and it sums it up. At times I was nodding in agreement, other times I was furiously irritated, and again sometimes left shaking my head wondering just what his deep, philosophical discussions were about. I like to have my prejudices exposed and challenged. John Gray is happy to parade his prejudices and to argue for them. It makes...
Published on 11 Nov 2010 by Derek Tunnicliffe

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1.0 out of 5 stars Gray's Anatomy - selected writings
The book's title - "selected writings" - is appropriate, because the various essays span decades of Gray's academic career; and it is important to note that many of the passages are in a very tedious academic style. Quite frankly, Gray is dilatory when it comes to making a point.

Gray's worst misdemeanour - in my view - is using excessively long sentences with...
Published on 29 Jan 2012 by Alan Robinson


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "a book to learn from and to argue with", 11 Nov 2010
My title is a quote from a cover review: and it sums it up. At times I was nodding in agreement, other times I was furiously irritated, and again sometimes left shaking my head wondering just what his deep, philosophical discussions were about. I like to have my prejudices exposed and challenged. John Gray is happy to parade his prejudices and to argue for them. It makes for a good book.

This selection of essays are drawn from his writings from 1983 to 2008, and cover a wide range of topics. It's possible to see how his thoughts and arguments have changed over time; and how the increasing diversity of his work has translated into his work. So, here are some of his thoughts on morality, politics, religion, art, Green issues - and more.

Well recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Provocative as ever, 6 Oct 2010
This selection of Gray's work is an excellent window in the thinking that has engaged and enraged many people. Sceptical of progress and humanism, Gray makes those who could not be more certain in the truth stop and think again. The perfect book for those who wish to get to familiar with his work.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Gray's Anatomy - selected writings, 29 Jan 2012
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The book's title - "selected writings" - is appropriate, because the various essays span decades of Gray's academic career; and it is important to note that many of the passages are in a very tedious academic style. Quite frankly, Gray is dilatory when it comes to making a point.

Gray's worst misdemeanour - in my view - is using excessively long sentences with protracted interjections. Reading Gray is rather like learning German; everything is a mystery until the last word of the sentence, by which time one has forgotten what the sentence was originally about. His second misdemeanour is the use of such uncommon words that the reader must be armed with a good dictionary; which is a shame because plain language would have equally served the purpose in most cases.

Having put all that, Gray's book contains some very fine observations on contemporary politics if one can decypher them, and provided a person can put up with the academic style, it is well worth reading.
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