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lacks a unifying theory,
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This review is from: The Book Of Friendship (Hardcover)
There's no doubting the breadth and width of the reading and research that has gone into this book - a good deal of philosophy (Aristotle, Seneca), of literature (Tom Brown's Schooldays, Lord of the Flies, In Memoriam), of contemporary culture (The Simpsons, The Spice Girls, Sex and the City) and contemporary psychology (Winnicott, but also sociological analysis) has gone into this. And it reads smoothly as it takes through friendship in childhood, making and losing friends, and friendship in the internet age.
But what the book does not have is any unifying theory of friendship - any close relationship would seem at some point to have been called friendship by someone or other. (For example, the Quakers are a society of friends.) 'What's the essence here?' - and even 'so what?' were the questions I was left with after working through this literature survey - despite its erudition and its charms.