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5.0 out of 5 stars A sermon for our time., 31 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Godless and Free (Paperback)
In among the sneezing pandas, skateboarding parrots and Rebecca Black parodies on Youtube, you'll find the talking heads.
From rambling monotone monologues to the foaming rabid rant, there's something for almost no-one.

Occasionally, but too rarely, you'll come across the bright, lucid commentary of someone who has not just passion, but reason, education, sense and sensibility.
That's the sound of Pat Condell delivering little surprise 6-minute sermons, offered randomly but always just at the right time.

His experience on the standup circuit, and as a writer, ensures quick-witted-quip and finely honed prose is never more than a sentence or two away.

His oratory is so sharp, his delivery so flawless and meticulous and tuned for youtube, I really did wonder whether it would translate well from screen to page.

Well, it does. I've not read it front to back like a book - I just flick it open for un-divine inspiration and always receive wisdom.

Incidentally, the physical production on my copy from Amazon is very good - I've only seen one self-published book before and the paper was rough, the print poor and the cover stapled.
Fortunately, the 266 pages here are on good paper, in clear type, and well bound. And I've yet to find a typo or grammatical error. Very readable.

And on those crisp pages, you'll find acerbic swipes at the worst parts of Christianity, Judaism, Catholicism, Islam and even Scientology.
You'll also find wry, witty observations, and something to make you think. He wonders in 'Ban the Burka', "why it is that the western feminist voice, usually so assertive and confident, is so muted when it comes to women in Islam".

Of course, this book will be largely preaching to the converted. But use it like a shield against stupidity and you'll find yourself armed with the vocabulary of free thought.
Like a blast of new synaptic energy blowing away the cobwebs and the mental fug of the obfuscatory language and the lingua-fascism of the politically correct thought police, or indeed, this appalling sentence.

It has pride of place on my bookshelf, nestling between Dawkins and Hawking, with neighbours of What's Left? and The Fallout.

As Pat says in a video produced after the book (and we all await part 2) "Our civilization was forged in the crucible of opposing ideas freely expressed".
Amen to that. Peace.
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Initial post: 24 May 2011 11:55:27 BDT
Ian Smith says:
Having just read Pat's book cover-to-cover in record time (couldn't get enough of it) I wanted to post a 5-star commendation. But having just read 'Jonathan' it would be quite impossible to say anything that could improve upon, or add to, his excellent review couched in a crisp, compelling, articulate style worthy of the great Pat himself. Thank you Jonathan, you did PC justice. And peace ... not of the pc kind.
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