Sunday, July 15, 2007

Hitchens' Book is Not Great

Here's a nice review of Christopher Hitchens' God-awful book, "God is Not Great." The reviewer makes an observation that readers of Hitchens (of the 80's and early 90's) wonder about: the reincarnation of Hitchens into a neo-con-sounding hawk (with an application for US citizenry), self-appointed attorney general of atheism:
But as Mark Twain once mused, give a man a reputation as an early riser and he can sleep until noon. With God Is Not Great, a caustic polemic on the evils of religion, Hitchens has earned the dubious honor of confirming Twain’s aphorism. Anyone expecting a masterful demolition of all things sacred will be disappointed. Bullying and shallow, God Is Not Great is a haute middlebrow tirade, a stale venting of outrage and ridicule. Beneath his Oxbridge talent at draping glibness in the raiment of erudition, Hitchens proves to be an amateur in philosophy, an illiterate in theology, and a dishonest student of history. Too belligerent to be nimble and too parochial to be generous, the once-captivating Hitchens demonstrates why he has forfeited any claim on our attention.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many thanks for the link,This is a very good review,however I truly wished he would have addressed the objections/obfuscations that Hitchens has with the Blessed Prophet and Islam.

7/17/2007 4:19 PM  
Blogger fromclay said...

You're right, M. Hitchens is extremely offensive when he writes about Islam and the Prophet. The offense is not mitigated by his irreverent shots at all religions and religious figures. But the author of this review would not have much incentive (nor grounding, possibly) to make mention of that. He apparently left that for you. So thank you for doing so.

7/17/2007 5:55 PM  
Anonymous irving said...

Oh, you meant "nice review" the other way lol. Hitchens writes and speaks like an old colonial racist, the kind that ruled many Muslim and other nations once upon a time. Thank God the only one who takes him seriously is himself.

7/22/2007 7:17 PM  

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