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Surprising and Engaging,
This review is from: Hitch 22: A Memoir (Hardcover)
This gives a great insight not only to the life of Christopher (and it is is Christopher, as you'll discover) but the context within which he has lived - the hopes of the '68 generation, the over factionalisation of the left, the rise of the right, the dissolution of the Capitalist/Soviet axiom and its overshadowing by the Western v Middle Eastern paradigm which seems to have replaced it. As such it is an important documentation of some of the major debates of the last 40 years.
On a more circumspect level, it is no more deeply moving than when outlining the relationship between himself and his parents, both shocking but awe-inspiring at his ability to simply cope. I enjoyed it immensely and if it is a little "all over the place" in sequence or linearity, I think this reflects the times we've lived through. More than anything, it has reminded me of what an absolutely horrific dictator Saddam was, and offers a different strand to the reasons why some "right thinking" people chose to support the Iraq intervention (although I remain unconvinced but irritated at the debate being centred too readily on legal rather than moral arguments, which were undubitable).
Great account of a life thus far from someone who, while seemingly perceived on the periphery of debate here in Britain at the expense of his diametrically opposed brother, has been at the centre of debates on the big issues and added a brilliant voice which is always coupled with compassion.