Spoilt Rotten: The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality Hardcover – 19 Aug. 2010
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- Hardcover : 260 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1906142610
- ISBN-13 : 978-1906142612
- Product Dimensions : 14.1 x 2 x 21.6 cm
- Publisher : Gibson Square Books Ltd (19 Aug. 2010)
- Language: : English
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The one thing that I didn't go along with was the author's creation of a false dichotomy - in his view, you either believe in the Christian doctrine of original sin, or you subscribe to the Romantic doctrine that children are naturally good. I'm sure that quite a few of us (myself included) fall into neither camp.
Apart from that there was only one other niggle, namely poor editing (there are quite a few typos).
It's a style I did enjoy although he does drift, at times, into being verbose and lugubrious. Prolonged exposure to this type of writing can therefore be a bit wearying. It’s best read in small doses. So mercifully this book is quite short.
Even though I winced in places, I also nodded in agreement in others. So in my opinion, definitely worth reading as a start to make us consider where we should be looking to address some of our modern societal issues.
In this book, Dalrymple is making you critically think how society hypocrisy is increasing, and how cheaply we are buying it. Romanticising life tragedy is new cancer.