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This review is from: Arguably (Hardcover)
This was a Christmas gift I was not expecting. This book has proved a major distraction this Christmas break (I am supposed to be marking a heap of undergraduate assignments). I have much sympathy with Hitchens' concern over the dangers of religion but without necessarily swallowing his final conclusions. He seems to me to be an atheist with much integrity, as well as being a very informed one.
This is book to be dipped into and relished. The subjects included are diverse; There is a brilliant article on Dr Johnson that reignited my enthusiasm for the doctor, as well as some brilliant and erudite articles on American politics and literature (the one on Saul Bellow is especially poignant). Hitchens' writing style grabs your attention; this is a book that is hard to put down. His recent death (which still happened to come as a bit of a shock) is going to prove a tremendous loss to the world of letters.
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Initial post: 2 Feb 2013 14:08:51 GMT
Agreed, alas I only discovered him upon his death. The obituaries to him on UK TV were so numerous and full of praise I had to find out who this guy was and what he was about. I wish I had known of him earlier. I have watched many of his debates on you tube. I never even met the man yet I can't help feeling a sense of loss. He really made a difference in life and, as my example shows, continues to even after death - goodbye Hitch!
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2014 20:01:08 GMT
Joe Fajerman says:
Im totally of your mind. I first discovered Hitchens a couple of years ago when I read God is not great, and on learning he had died some time ago, I was filled with sorrow.
Posted on 11 Apr 2015 22:34:43 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Apr 2015 22:36:09 BDT
Mr. G. Morgan says:
Hitch certainly got his hooks in you, he was so stylish and clever. I discovered him mid 90's, same time heard him speak at South Bank and chatted. Also wrote to him about a piece I had written. Both occasions saw him humble, gracious and very helpful. Charismatic and the best speaker I have heard. Best debater too; who else would have had publishers schedule opponents at each stop on the 'God' tour? To think, I have read some ideological opponents designate a him 'a Nazi and a bully'; incredible.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2015 20:46:57 BDT
Joe Fajerman says:
I discovered "Hitch" only 4 years ago, so I never got to meet him. This is a great sorrow to me.
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