What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures Paperback – 6 May 2010
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Gladwell's range is impressive and his writing never less than engaging (FT)
The pieces form a dazzling record of Gladwell's art (Guardian)
Make your social commentary sparkle with Malcolm Gladwell's latest (Sunday Times)
He's able to examine what look like the most mundane aspects of our daily lives and to reveal the cleverness - and the strangeness - within (Sunday Telegraph)
Vibrant, colourful and packed with surprises (Guardian)
Gladwell soars high (Spectator)
About the Author
Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, and author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What The Dog Saw and David and Goliath.
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All the same, with What the dog saw, Malcolm could do better. Most of the articles I had previously read through the magazine that he writes for and I subscribe to. This could've been stated on the dust-sheet but wasn't. The book was great, Gladwell wrote it. But... I had read it before in New Yorker-size installments.
I'm now conflicted. I don't tire easily of reading the works of Malclom Gladwell. Repackaging old New Yorker copy to compile What the dog saw, and not making this clear to readers is unfair.
Gladwell and his publishers should be careful not to alienate their long-term loyalists.
In this volume, we have 19 of Gladwell's essays, all of which originally appeared in The New Yorker. They are organized within three Parts: Obsessives, Pioneers, and Other Varieties of Minor Genius (e.g. "The Pitchman: Ron Popeil and the Conquest of the American Kitchen"); Theories, Predictions, and Diagnoses (e.g. "Million-Dollar Murray: Why Problems Like Homelessness May Be Easier to Solve Than Manage"); and Personality, Character, and Intelligence (e.g. "Dangerous Minds: Criminal Profiling Made Easy"). In the Preface, Gladwell observes, "Curiosity about the inner life of other people's day-to-day work is one of the most funfamental of human impulses, and that same impulse is what led to the writing you now hold in your hands.Read more ›
It's full of stories that are just that - stories without an underlying meaning.
Each of the stories could be condensed into one or two pages rather than 20.
If you haven't read any of Gladwell's other books, please don't read this first because it will put you off reading his other fantastic books.
(I felt it necessary to declare my ground immediately, given the number of Gladwell readers who seemed to be disappointed with this volume.)
This is indeed a collection of essays, and they may well be the embryos or the reworkings of other writing, but as a standalone collection, they have a recognisable theme which seems to me typical Gladwell, namely looking at old issues with fresh eyes. He is consistently interesting, he writes clearly and with insight and a genuine interest in the human beings in his stories - even the title story is really about the adults rather than the dog.
In short, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed things like the Undercover Economist, and to anyone who has no interest at all in reading Malcolm Gladwell. Just pretend he's someone else - you'll be very glad you did.
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Good reading,I liked some chapters,but some of them were not of personal interest to mePublished 5 months ago by Paun Ionut
I've read this book twice now, and I'm sure we'll read it again in a few months time. Thought provoking, interesting & stimulating articles about fascinating topics. Read morePublished 8 months ago by L. Reid
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