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Frances Stonor Saunders says alcohol, hard living and linguistic lust all combined to make Hitchens a compelling presence. Christopher Hitchens is an immodest man with much to be immodest about, but can his Letters to a Young Contrarian be anything more than. Nicholas Shakespeare pays tribute to his friend Christopher Hitchens, a man who loved the English language as much as cigarettes and.

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So why does this clever, epigrammatic little book leave me, a long-standing admirer of Hitchens, feeling disappointed? This book would be useful to anyone who hitxhens to get involved in some field that requires strong debate or anyone who wants to get involved in almost any cause, particularly more controversial ones.

Cover of the first edition. I liked the concept of this book more than its execution.

Letters to a Young Contrarian

Paperbackpages. But it would be a shame if would-be contrarians were to know their teacher only as someone going on, as hitcehns puts it, ‘like a whiskered veteran’.

Hitchens and reminds us all that “contrarian” is a label reserved for those who dare to think. Jul 02, Lukas rated it really liked it. I miss Christopher Hitchens. Death hath wrought a pernicious dent in the erudite and intellectual world; Hitchens will not be one to be soon forgotten, nor ever replaced but emulated, definitely. Hitchens was also a political observer, whose best-selling books — the most famous being God Is Not Great — made him a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits.

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Return to Book Page. This is one of those books I cpntrarian everyone should read. Anything of his is a good read. That’s the hitch and not even the Hitch can argue his way out of it. Hitchens the cracker-barrel sage selling snake oil dressed up as urgent verity. I don’t intend to finish reading nitchens book in the sense that it will be put aside and never read again.

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In short, here’s a guy who has seen more than you or your most well traveled friend ever will and has everything to say about it. I would recommend this to anyone who wants an entertaining view of ‘radicalism’ from a self-proclaimed radical.

Here are a few quotes from Hitchens’ book that I’m still contrariah my mind around and letting sink in: To the first option, I’m not sure anyone will walk away fro There are two basic ways to approach this book. Tell me that’s not something worth looking into. While this does provide more breadth to the point he is making it means the argument severly lacks in depth. I found the format of the fictional hutchens to be quite disconcerting, only having one side of the fictional hitcheens, and it seemed quite pompous at times without good reason to be.

Impervious to Amis’s foot, Hitchens attacks Bellow over Israel because, he explains, he feels obliged to defend his friend, Edward Said. Letters is a primer on How to Be Christopher Contarian. Jul 21, Nate rated it it was amazing. He was, in the parlance of his old party, our maximum journalist. See, in particular, the story in which Amis takes Hitchens to see Saul Bellow and extracts a promise that he won’t start an argument with the septuagenarian novelist.

Style, wit, learning, and worldliness. To the first option, I’m not sure anyone will walk away from this book with an inspired feeling.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. I think Hitchens sees himself as a classical man of letters, but also concerns himself a little too much with sparring with people and crafting his own public image.

If not, tell me why I am wrong in thinking that argumentation is a common good. So in conclusion, I do recommend it, but perhaps I would recommend it more to those who haven’t read or heard a thing about Hitchens before. He was unabashedly Eurocentric while claiming not to be.

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Recommended to Karl-O by: Never has the world needed him more, and never has his absence been so palpable. In both cases, the book fails.

Because of that, the book is neither a great failure nor a great success. He knew there would be violent reaction and he did it anyway. There are two basic ways to approach this book. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. That said, we could use a lot more of people like Hitchens in the public sphere. From bestselling author and provocateur Christopher Hitchens, the classic guide to the art of principled dissent and disagreement In Letters to a Young Contrarianbestselling author and world-class provocateur Christopher Hitchens inspires the radicals, gadflies, mavericks, rebels, and angry young contrarina men of tomorrow.

Letters to a Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens. Mar 08, Petra Eggs rated it it was ok Shelves: These could be easily called unfounded by anyone who truly understands how science works let alone claim that it is the only solution to all our troubles and Hitchens doesn’t seem to have anything to say let alone care to reply. He too often got lost in his scotch-driven ramblings for most of his work to be of any lasting intellectual value. Exploring the entire range of “contrary positions”–fro From bestselling author and provocateur Christopher Cojtrarian, the classic guide to the art of principled dissent and disagreement In Letters to a Young Contrarianbestselling author and world-class provocateur Christopher Hitchens inspires the radicals, gadflies, mavericks, rebels, and angry contrzrian wo men of tomorrow.