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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor effort, 20 May 2012
This review is from: Arguably (Hardcover)
This book proved to be quite a difficult read from start to finish, filled with boring and pointless essays. I'd never heard of the author before but he came highly recommended by several close friends who say he's the greatest philosopher since Kant. The anger and sheer frustration the author feels about religion boils over into the pages of this book and I feel this is most certainly a drawback.

Arguably the spite the author clearly displays throughout the book stems from his unfortunate illness he was suffering from at the time, I think it was a rare form of heart disease, but I feel he maybe should have been more objective in certain chapters and not so biased towards his post modern ideas.

I also noted a few grammatical errors within the book which came as a surprise as I was informed Mr Hitchens had an exquisite command of the english language, so this is one of the reasons I provided only a two star rating. If I was to recommend a similar book, but of higher quality I would recommend 'God Delusion' by Professer R.Dawkin even though it isnt great either.
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Initial post: 23 May 2012 17:15:01 BDT
Samuel Peers says:
A rare form of heart disease!? Not quite...was the front cover picture of him not a clue? He died from Oesophageal cancer, and he is clearly suffering the side-effects of chemotherapy in it. Besides which, he wasn't writing these essays whilst ill, they are taken from throughout his more recent career, and many of them were written before his diagnosis.

Posted on 31 May 2012 11:27:49 BDT
Are you being ironic stating that the reason you "provided only a two star rating" was punishment for grammatical inaccuracy and then actually *providing* just one star? Does this same irony also account for spelling English with a lower case 'e'? And then spelling professor wrong, misplacing the 's' in Richard Dawkins and failing to "provide" an apostrophe in "isn't"?

Hitchens is known as an author and journalist and is more often referred to as a contrarian as opposed to a philosopher, so your friends' "best since Kant" recommendation was spurious in the first place. Failing to carry out even a cursory check on the web would have revealed the nature of Hitchens' illness to you and it's perhaps this astonishing lack of bothering to fact check before posting that reveals most about you.

Rather than struggling to read books you are clearly incapable of understanding, maybe you're better off sticking to games such as Football Manager 2012 (PC/Mac DVD), the only other item you have reviewed on Amazon to date and one you *provided* with five stars.

Posted on 16 Jun 2012 22:46:20 BDT
Susan, you can't even spell a simple word such as "professOr"! I'm very attentive and found no grammatical errors whatsoever...

Posted on 18 Jun 2012 15:22:31 BDT
Grr says:
With so many errors in your review, it doesn't look as though you`ve read the book. There is nothing similar about it to Dawkins' "The God Delusion", and I'd be surprised if you've read that book "from start to finish" or even vice versa either. But it would be good if you could give us just one example of Hitchens' "grammatical errors" since you're brave enough to tackle "the greatest philosopher since Kant". Even if he has died from the wrong sickness.

Posted on 6 Jul 2012 19:19:37 BDT
Growler says:
whats that song in my head, i like it best when you say nothing at all.....

Posted on 21 Sep 2012 19:41:47 BDT
"I'd never heard of the author before .."

Says it all really. What an idiot.

Posted on 2 Dec 2012 22:10:05 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Dec 2012 22:10:37 GMT
O.Binladen says:
By Mrs. Susan Clarke: I also noted a few grammatical errors within the book which came as a surprise as I was informed Mr Hitchens had an exquisite command of the english language,

Like the proper use of capital letters, are you being ironic? A rare form of heart disease? Dear oh dear. Must be a troll, surely.

Posted on 6 Jun 2013 23:11:50 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Jun 2013 23:17:27 BDT
Err, this is NOT a review of 'Arguably' but of 'God is not Great.'
Incidentally, in case you ever have to ''Phone a Friend', Hitchens is quite definitely NOT a philosopher whereas Kant was probably the very greatest since Plato.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jun 2013 23:14:12 BDT
Hello Glenn-emlyn,
A nice rebuke to a lazy reviewer. I enjoyed this.
Best,
Gary.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jun 2013 23:15:40 BDT
Thanks Gate, made me laugh out loud.
Couldn't agree more.
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