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Gray's Anatomy - selected writings
on 29 January 2012
The book's title - "selected writings" - is appropriate, because the various essays span decades of Gray's academic career; and it is important to note that many of the passages are in a very tedious academic style. Quite frankly, Gray is dilatory when it comes to making a point.
Gray's worst misdemeanour - in my view - is using excessively long sentences with protracted interjections. Reading Gray is rather like learning German; everything is a mystery until the last word of the sentence, by which time one has forgotten what the sentence was originally about. His second misdemeanour is the use of such uncommon words that the reader must be armed with a good dictionary; which is a shame because plain language would have equally served the purpose in most cases.
Having put all that, Gray's book contains some very fine observations on contemporary politics if one can decypher them, and provided a person can put up with the academic style, it is well worth reading.