The rhetorical device of author and conversation partner works well for easy reading but lets Parke off having to create a reasoned argument. Essentially a set of strung-together quotes and frothy daily mail speak in defence of self-awareness, integrity and mindfulness. He makes no real case for solitude except when citing Anthony Storr, who argued for disconnection as a 'way out' from disruptive dependencies and a way forward for creative personalities to discover a personal voice and vocation. A quick read, but not a book to reopen.
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