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4.0 out of 5 stars a malcolm gladwell fan, 10 April 2010
This review is from: What the Dog Saw: and other adventures (Hardcover)
I am a self confessed malcolm gladwell fan. unlike many of the reviewers i had never read these articles before and was genuinely intrigued by gladwell's irrepressible curiosity. He seems to find wonder in every aspect of human life, nothhing is boring for him and reading him sends us the reader on an extraordinary journey including such disparit subjects as the history of ketchup, hair dye and dog behaviour. its dizzying and exciting.
however, i must point out one rather irritating misrepresentation. probably the most contentious essay in the book is that on dogs. gladwell discusses the fallacious evidence that suggests that pitt bulls are dangerous dogs and should be controlled. whether or not i agree with that statement is not relevant, i dont, actually but that is beside the point. gladwell and i can argue till the cows come home that pitt bulls, bred to fight and kill at least their own species if not our own are not safe companions, however that is beside the point. in arguing his case he mentioned the issue of the first face transplant. this happened in france a number of years ago. the womam who lost her face had it mauled off by her pet labrador. gladwell used this as evidence to prove that evven a non vicious breed such as a labrodor can be dangerous. what he failed to add was that the woman had attempted suicide. the dog was desperately trying to wake her. eventually the dog was succcessful she woke, her suicide attempt though cost her her face. the dog then was not her vicious attacker as gladwell suggested but her saviour and it is irritating to have him state otherwise.
despite this i do recommend this book, gladwell writes with such and ease and enthusiasm that one cannot help but feel gladwells own thrill at discovering such a strange and fascinating world.
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