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Tampa TribuneIt's rare for someone to produce a work on social issues that is so readable.
— Kevin Walker
|The frivolity of evil||5|
|A taste for danger||17|
|Why Shakespeare is for all time||28|
|Sex and the Shakespeare reader||42|
|What's wrong with twinkling buttocks?||52|
|The rage of Virginia woolf||62|
|How - and how not - to love mankind||77|
|A neglected genius||90|
|The dystopian imagination||103|
|A lost art||116|
|Gillray's ungloomy morality||127|
|Trash, violence, and Versace : but is it art?||140|
|What we have to lose||155|
|How to read a society||166|
|Why Havana had to die||180|
|The uses of corruption||190|
|The Goddess of domestic tribulations||201|
|The starving criminal||211|
|Don't legalize drugs||221|
|All sex, all the time||234|
|Who killed childhood?||251|
|A horror story||260|
|The man who predicted the race riots||273|
|When Islam breaks down||283|
|The Barbarians at the gates of Paris||296|
Posted April 13, 2009
This writer has a facility with words and, what is more important, a marvellous ability to present difficult ideas in a clear and simple manner. The style of writing is engaging. It holds the reader's attention, whilst at the same time providing an insight into the doublespeak of the intellectual class.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 12, 2007
In one section, the comment is made 'I have seen little but understand much.' In another, is quoted what is written on Christopher Wren's tomb in St. Paul's Cathedral, 'If you see his monumment look around you.' Mr. Dalrymple speaks of what is going in the U.K. and the continent, but that can just as easily apply here in the United States. Read this book then look around you, and you will understand, but only if your mind is open.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 6, 2005
British physician and essayist, Theodore Dalrymple, offers his views and insights into how the social, political and intellectual elites' self-serving, 'utopian' worldviews have contributed to the breakdown of morality and self-restraint in contemporary British society. In 26 essays --that range in topics from Shakespeare to Marx, from the 'frivolity of evil' to the Islamic breakdown of the UK's Pakistani criminal subculture-- Dalrymple displays proof of why he is being compared to George Orwell and Edmund Burke. A must-read for anyone who csres about the future course of our civilization.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 3, 2005
Deadbeat dads, the drug culture, Marilyn Manson, and even D.H. Lawrence (talk about flogging a dead horse) - it all due to the welfare state and an intellectual elite that has embraced moral relativism. 'The best lack all conviction/ the worst are full of passionate intensity' Are we to believe that before the welfare state, say in 19th century England, all fathers were devoted to their children's welfare, there was no crime, no prostitution, no drugs? Dalrymple does a great job in delineating the appalling vulgarity and depravity of modern society, but I don't see how someone so concerned with human nature can fall for the obvious mistake of attributing all evil to a certain political arrangement (welfare state) which is, in fact, in tatters. The deadbeat dads and welfare moms he talks about lost their benefits years ago - he is out of date. They are now working two jobs at minimum wage without health insurance. Talk about evil. Still, he is fun to read if you skip the right wing diatribes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 20, 2009
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