The Knife Went in: Real-Life Murderers and Our Culture Hardcover – 16 Aug 2017
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'Scholarship and a wounding wit... an unrelenting war on sentimentality and narcissism, whether it takes the form of compassion culture or... self-conscious slumming... psychobabble...intellectual gobbledegook... There is nothing in his tale to celebrate, yet in the telling he deserves the commendation of anybody who values human civilization. Theodore Dalrymple is... [o]ne of the most interesting men of our times.' --The Times
'Swimming against the tide of... emotional excesses of our age. Nobody has observed the... fallacies of modern England with a clearer eye, or a more intelligent quill. It would be nice to know that the BBC had heard of him because we could expect to hear him deliver next year's Reith Lectures.' --Daily Telegraph
'A razor-sharp expose of our broken society… Both funny and a badly needed corrective to conventional wisdom… hugely readable … gripping real-life stories… tells a deep truth about the sort of society we have become. A future historian, a century hence, will learn more about 21st-century Britain from this book than from any official document. So will you. Please read it.' --Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday
About the Author
Theodore Dalrymple writes for newspapers and magazines in Britain, such as The Times, Telegraph, Guardian and Spectator, and elsewhere in the world. He previously published the acclaimed Spoilt Rotten, Litter and The Pleasure of Thinking. As a doctor, he has worked on four continents and as a court expert, prison GP and psychiatrist, he has worked in the East End of London and inner-city Birmingham.
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The book itself? It's ok; every now and then you wonder just where a tangent is taking you but it's usually roped back. If you're reading in a similar vein I'd rate "Do No Harm" as more engagingly constructed. However, I know that I may be doing the author a disservice due to the production quality of the edition.
Edit 15 August 2017. The publisher assures me that an updated version of the Kindle edition is now available. They have looked after my complaint and provided a replacement in both versions.
The author writes beautifully clear English. His earlier books like Spoilt Rotten, Culture and Life At The Bottom are gems full of wit and hard -hitting truths. He worked overseas for many years. He witnessed genuine poverty in places like Africa and says only in Britain did he experience poverty of the spirit. A telling phrase.
This is not a comfortable book. It makes no claim to be a complete picture of Britain today but it is a powerful expose of the sentimental drivel that pours out about drug takers, criminals of all sorts and society's ills.
Read what he has to say about students and drugs, criminals who are upset when they receive a lighter sentence than they had hoped for, and what prison officers have to face daily. Assaults on women are now becoming common.
The title comes from what criminals have told him about what they did.
Read here a true account of our criminal underclass. The author believes many of the members of this class simply have no intention of ever working. He also is adamant that not all offenders are to be found in prison. Corruption he believes is widespread throughout the land. He is critical also of many hospital administrators and medical quacks who are taken in by criminals. He witnessed many of these. He reveals the plausibilty of the stories prisoners weave when he treated them. Drugs he confirms are a very major issue in our prisons. They are easier to obtain inside than on the streets.
Another damming indictment of our society today by someone who has over many years witnessed what goes on in our prisons.
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