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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant writing, signifying not so much, 28 Sept. 2009
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This review is from: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work (Hardcover)
This guy is such a brilliant writer that he's convinced himself that he is profound and he can sustain that delusion by playing with words, insinuating concepts, startling you with interpretations and generally massaging your mind. Don't get me wrong: I love this book and I enjoy watching someone showing off, but profoundly about work it is not, not even scratching the surface. It's just a few brief anecdotes assembled in a very short book with lousy pictures and a nice book design. They would be great anecdotes for the dinner table but as a serious crack at the "meaning" of anything they are no more worthy than some clever small-talk. Yet he writes beautifully, too beautifully... With a skill like that, which makes anything comparable seem pedestrian, you can just about say what you want and get away with it. He is seduced by his own verbal alacrity, in fact.
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