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This review is from: Existentialism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
I'm afraid that I, for one, was deeply disappointed with this offering from the frequently excellent "Very Short Introduction" series, and now bitterly regret buying it. The style of writing is suffocatingly dense, leaden and dreary: the history of existentialism and existentialist thought itself makes for a fascinating story in the right hands. These are not the right hands, and in fact it seems as though the author is going out of his way to make existentialism seem as cataclysmically dry and tedious as possible, making the book a "Very Short Introduction" to something almost unendurably boring. One star merely because (for some reason) Amazon still doesn't allow reviewers to give a book zero stars. The reader genuinely interested in a good overview of existentialism would do infinitely better in tracking down John MacQuarrie's magnificent book - now out of print, I believe, but still findable.
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Initial post: 15 Oct 2010 08:57:31 BDT
Michael Harnett says:
This review is absolutely spot on. For a long time, as a layman, I promised myself that I'd try and get some understanding of the subject and so I picked this book. Sadly it was disappointing, worse, it was dense and boring. The author probably knows his subject well, too well. He should have tried to tell a story. If it's an introduction it should have asssumed that the readers had no knowledge of the subject, but the style of writing, the language used, is not basic enough. Sadly the book is now in the recycling pile.
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