§ion=&combo2=&text1=&text2=&SocNetUsername=&SocNetPassword=&authCode=& 7th Decade Thoughts: Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens

I loved this autobiographical book. I listened to a full length copy read by the author who not only has a lovely reading voice but soft and intimate tones. The book itself is revelatory and personal of course, but his manner of reading was charming as well as intimate. (I'm usually not wild about authors reading their own books, but in this case I can't imagine anyone could have done it better.)

I don't review what he said since most of you have read it. I hadn't read anything by Hitchens except Why Orwell Matters (Orwell is also a hero of mine) which I absolutely loved. I will definitely read more. I realize many people hate Hitchens for flip-flopping (which has never seemed to me necessarily bad--I remember Emerson's " a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds" ) from a leftist to a supporter of the Iraq war and a supporter of Paul Wolfowitz. But he accounts for his change in this memoir and it makes sense to me, (though I'd have a hard time really changing my mind about Paul Wolfowitz). I intend to read more of Hitchens...


Anonymous Louise said...

I'm rather fascinated by Christopher Hitchens. Not that I've read anything much by him. I've read newspaper interviews and seen him on the tele quite a bit. There's been quite a bit of publicity about him here since his cancer diagnosis became public.

4/18/2011 04:51:00 AM  

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