Looking for a succinct yet thorough treatise on nihilism, and being caught in the busyness of the holidays, I uncharacteristically avoided doing my research on the author of this book before ordering. The reviews/five-star ratings on Amazon.ca were good, so, why not?
Why not? I'll cut to the chase here: because this is written with all of the skill and scholarly perspective of a typical undergraduate student-- Fremdscham/second-hand embarrassment abounds. (I should have looked at the (more even-handed and critical) reviews on Amazon.com. We Canadians are too forgiving, it seems.) Further, after doing a cursory amount of research--that I should have taken the time to do initially--I came across this author's (and I use the term loosely) blog. (I'll let you find it on your own; I don't want to promote it here.) That would have sorted it right there and then if I had. Lesson learned.
The first clue that you've opened up the wrong book? First person perspective. Now, imagine that this perspective is from a self-fascinated twenty-something who had an overindulgent English teacher in high school. Get the picture?
Awful stuff. Avoid.
- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Manticore Press (Aug. 3 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0994595832
- ISBN-13: 978-0994595836
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 399 g
- Customer Reviews: 21 customer ratings
Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
#441,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #2236 in Ethics & Morality (Books)