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More than just a good read,
This review is from: Hitch 22: A Memoir (Hardcover)
Before reading this I knew Hitchens was a controversial figure - but I wasn't familiar with why (to be honest i thought he must have been a wealthy brattish tory - i'm glad i was wrong (although wealthy tories also write good books)).
As a 39-year-old comprehensive school-educated middle-manager, this very readable book took me on a fabulous trip of what happened to someone who was in the right place at the right time (i think i read recently that people born in 1949 had the best of all worlds). Hitchens has experienced at first hand some of the more fundamental developments in human history of the last 40 years. He writes about his experiences with genuine warmth, insight and honesty without pretentiousness. It's the most enjoyable book I've read in a while - and having just finished it I feel more connected to some of the big issues being played out in the world and I'm motivated to read more deeply & widely.
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Initial post: 17 Jun 2010 20:19:57 BDT
Short, but really good review.
Posted on 18 Jun 2010 04:40:22 BDT
W. BUTLER says:
What fundamental developments are those? Anyone born in 1949 never went though the war, the weird political upheaval in Britain after it was over and the next 5 years of austerity, rationing and shared misery. Without those experiences you can know nothing about Orwell. As Hitchens proves with every word he writes.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2010 16:32:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Aug 2010 15:05:55 BDT
"Without those experiences you can know nothing about Orwell."
I think you can know plenty from his works. That, you might have thought, was the reason he wrote them...
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