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on February 18, 1999
Carlyle's 'Sartor Resartus' is the greatest neglected book in cultural history, endlessly complex, subtle, always self-critical, ironic, mysterious, beautiful and powerful. Not a book to read through from beginning to end, but one to dip into, explore, examine from different angles. As in the book itself, the so-called Editor attempts to piece together the shards of the philosopher-hero Teufelsdrockh's identity, so the reader needs to plunge into, striking into its magical maze of ideas
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on March 28, 2011
Thomas Carlyle was one of those rightwing mystics that flourished in the Victorian era. He spoke out against science in the same way hippies do it today but he was mystical in the service of the monarchy. His words were flowery and full of phrases that he was greatly impressed with. He pushed certain ideas that we relate to the Victorian era including The Great Man view of history. He also talks about how history proves out the winners because the winners deserve it. He was writing this in the great conservative era that reacted against the laissez faire 18th century full of revolutions and blather about equality.

This book has selections from his mystical writings which don't make much sense. It also has selections from his historical writings which are trying hard to put the reader into an excited state through biased reporting and bathic language. Everything is a self-conscious attempt to sounding pretty without much depth.

Mostly this book is an interesting document of the Victorian era but it doesn't translate well into the 21st century.
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