Hitch-22: A Memoir Hardcover – 2010
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One of the many admirable traits of Mr. Hitchens is that he is, if anything, mostly very noble about those who disagree with him, even if in some cases they can be quite nasty about him in their opposition. As for those for whom he is particularly scathing about, I would opine that they deserve it (Jerry Falwell springs to mind).
I always find his talks, his articles, his books and now this book, an enormously educational experience. I would say that even when you do not agree with his standpoint, his case for his point of view is meticulously laid out, researched and backed up with fact and/or empirical evidence. It's a greatly admirable trait as a writer to be able to be able to pull this off with such élan.
Hitch 22 covers many areas of his life and my only criticism is that I wish that the book could have been longer. The stories vary from making you want to laugh out loud in places to feelings of fury at the horrors that Hitchens has witnessed or wrote about in his career.
He writes about how youthful exuberance may have cast a pall of glamour over situations and people he now sees in a different light, something the previous reviewer certainly failed to grasp or understand, Hitchens explains it best when he quotes John Maynard Keyne's "When the facts change then my opinion changes, and you sir?Read more ›
Other reviewers don't share my impressions so perhaps I am off base, but I pushed hard to make it to the end of this book and, unlike other memoirs I have read, could not see myself reading this again. There were a few passages of literary brilliance, but they were buried in a large volume of disorganized prose. I am guessing that the editor was too intimidated to step in to clean this up, but I guess the court of public opinion will determine whether this book has any merit. The fact that there are less than 10 reviews to date may be some indication...
Hitch-22 is the best memoir I've read and better than any biography I've read. From a startling account about his mother's suicide to a Socratic declaration of how little he knows (the spur which kept him learning and reflecting on his positions and beliefs), Hitchens's crisp and articulate prose courses through 400 pages, drawing you in, propelling you on, causing you to reflect, and impelling you to learn more about the many subjects, historical events, themes, and memes he scrutinizes and dissects. It also sends you to the dictionary, a healthy exercise, surely.
And it's not a conventional memoir. Apart from the section pertaining to his youth, there is little straightforward or chronological autobiography, and there is limited mention of things there should be, his wife and children for instance.Read more ›
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Read with a dictionary app by my side, this is a great book. I am a third of the way through and am now settling in and it feels like Hitchens is speaking as it was intended when I... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mike C.
Great. A brave and insightful journalist, polemist and activistPublished 7 months ago by iluvdanny83
If you like interesting people who are opinionated and bright then read everything HITCHPublished 14 months ago by ernest reinhart
Always challenging ideas, beliefs and dogmas, Christopher Hitchens is at his trenchant best with his penetrating insight. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2014 by Morlan Rees
This was another example of Hitchens" remarkable talent. Although I was not able to identify with many of the personalities
of whom he wrote in Britain, his syle,... Read more