Mr Hitchens is that sharp yer can cut yerself reading yon man! Journeys and essays dedicated to yon scroat Martin Amis it were published in 2005. It is summat to dip into for a think about the bigger picture items in life sooch as whether Mother Theresa was a nun in the true sense of the vocation or a vacationing power grabber for Catholic Church Incorporated. Mr Hitchens had many an opinion and sum set me teeth gnashing by themself but all gets the old grey matter sliding about like custard in a gravy boat. In this book he eviscerates Michael Moore and in a review of a musicologist on Dylan-examines Mr Zimmerman through the lens of Donne. How would Mr Hitchens be reporting on yon Trump fiasco in his besotment with the land of the free? Aye he were a clever lad, educated and this is a legacy of a mighty brain at work (or a combine harvester chewing through fields of thought). Sadly missed. Talking of which; that Amis has been suspiciously silent as of late...
I highly recommend this if you are a hitchens fan or just looking for essays on americana, the middle east/american relationship, 911 and post 911 atmosphere (according to a british-turned-american journalist). I own a few hitchens books and this is a solid, stronger collection of his writing than to be found in 'Arguably'.
No life is complete, so one particular saying goes, without experiencing Love, Poverty and War and it is this triumvirate which loosely form the basis of this collection of essays, book reviews and reportage.
Hitchens is on great form in this selection, whether it is critically assessing the lives and legacies of establishment figures such as Churchill and JFK, musings on Americana and reporting from the state execution of a convicted murderer. In the aftermath of 9/11 there are also sharp responses to left-wing demagogues such as Michael Moore and Noam Chomsky along with reportage on his travels through Iraq, Pakistan and North Korea. The whole collection is written with the erudition, wit and brutal honesty for which he was known.
“Hitchens is just too damn good.” proclaims one of the quotes on the front of the book. An observation with which I would tend to agree.
More wisdom, succinctly put in Mr. Hitchen's engaging style. Always telling it like it is, these personal reminiscences leap out of the page, and will remain relevant, years after the author's untimely death.