Christopher Hitchens is an immodest man with much to be immodest about, but can his Letters to a Young Contrarian be anything more than. Letters to a young contrarian. The spirit of may be a distant memory, but a new generation of radicals live in hope of making the world a. Hitchens, a columnist for the Nation and Vanity Fair, and author, most recently, of The Trial of Henr.

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The surface treatment of nearly everything contraarian give the impression of hidden depth to the unwary, but the ultimate impression left by this book is one of shallowness. Hitchens was his own man.

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Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. The finest book by Hitchens, and possibly the finest book of the year, is a short tome on how leters assault contemporary hypocrisies by the man who has taken on every deity from Mother Teresa to Princess Di. An letetrs unpopularity does not make it true. Hitchens is unable to keep his own obnoxiousness from ruining what could have been a decent book. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. That’s the hitch and not even the Hitch can argue his way out of it.

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I cannot more highly recommend this book to contraroan person who wan Through the years reading Christopher Hitchens has been hit or miss for me.

In both cases, the book fails. Many would profit from the wisdom contained in these pages. When such a hitchenz and irreplaceable word as “irony” has become a lazy synonym for anomie, there is scant room for originality. Pages with related products. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you”.


This implicates him in the subsequent riots and murders. Take advantage of your faculties and seek the truth out for yourself. But I found the book to be more of a reminder than a discovery, more contrraian a visit to the familiar contrarian lands of my early teens than an exciting adventure to unknown lands.

Nobody in the supposedly affluent and disillusioned 50s had seen any of this coming; I am quite certain that there will be future opportunities for people of high ideals, or of any ideals at all.

Shun the ‘transcendent’ and all who invite you to subordinate or anihilate yourself. There is something still to be said, I think, for secular humanism and thought in that vein, for the thought of figures like Russell and Hitchens may disagree even the more spiritually inclined figures like Tagore.

There is something awry when a well-rewarded columnist for Vanity Fair speaks of being “an exile or outcast on a remote shore. The problem is that, much different than rebellion for its own sake, Hitchens backs it all up with historical and anecdotal proof. Please help improve the article by presenting facts as a neutrally-worded summary with appropriate lwtters.

Unfortunately, unlike God is Not Great, I found this one to be a real slog to get through. Go find a sparring partner. Aug 12, M. Hitchens is very good at expressing his view in a brief and striking way, and typically follows it up with an interesting anecdote. Write a customer review. Hitchens’s views, also part of the Art of Mentoring series see Dershowitz, aboveunfold houng the form of an ongoing correspondence with an imaginary mentee whom he advises on modes of thought, contrarrian and self-determination, on how to “live at an angle to the safety and mediocrity of consensus.


Overall, I found his style stilted and stodgy, his referencing of Orwell and Adorno and the like unexciting and expected, and his name-dropping of dear friends Rushdie, Amis, McEwan insecure. It starts well, with a celebration of Emile Zola and, better still, an attack on Rilke, duffed up for his ‘sinister’ Romantic idealism.

Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. The house is launching the contratian Art of Mentoring series with a 75,copy first printing of both books.

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In “Letters to a Young Contrarian,” the author forms an intimate bond with the reader, discussing life in the most entertaining and substantive way. Christopher Hitchens is one of my favorite people, period.

Jul 21, A. The “People Power” moment ofwhen whole populations brought down their absurd rulers by an exercise of arm-folding and sarcasm, had its origins partly in the Philippines inwhen the dictator Marcos called a “snap election” and the voters decided to take him seriously.

Quotes from Letters to a Youn This book is full of beauty and of impassioned pleas for intelligence, justice, and bravery of the most important sort. It should also be noted that his demolition of religion is as exemplary as his meditation on the role of humour in radical thought is exquisite.

Wherever life exists, there also is inconsistency, division, strife.

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