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Very disappointing by Eagleton's usually high standards. Some interesting ideas among as much unfocused rambling and concluding with an embarrassingly pedestrian conclusion.
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Initial post: 22 May 2011 15:36:37 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 May 2011 15:37:17 BDT
Dan, I have to agree with you on the flat ending. It had the impression that he simply ran out of words. I thought the chapter on literature was very strong and I loved the exposition of the death drive in chapter 2. I think some of my disapointment rose because he debunked the usual justification/rationale of evil. But on reflection I think it is impossible to rationalise evil without dehumanising the sufferers. I think what would have helped would have been a summary of the findings the finish off the discussion, I found myself having to skip back a long way to remind myself how he had described evil.
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