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Comment: 1968. 287 pages. Good condition paperback; as expected for age. Covers, pages, and binding are presentable with no major defects. Minor issues may exist such as shelf wear, inscriptions, light foxing and tanning.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: FONTANA (1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006118518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006118510
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,416,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DAVID BRYSON VINE VOICE on March 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In sheer journalistic talent Muggeridge rivals Macaulay and his own pet hate Shaw. More readable, racy, elegant, withering and entertaining English prose hardly exists. To call him prejudiced would understate the matter, but the special thing about him was the way his prejudices changed. This may be in part the classic swing from radical to conservative, but frankly I doubt it. It seems to me that he was compulsively anti to the very end. When the orthodoxy was conservative, Muggeridge was an iconoclast. When the orthodoxy started to go liberal and 'correct' Muggeridge swung sharply the opposite way. What he was not was any kind of poseur. There is no mistaking the fervour in his contempt for maundering C of E vicars and their well-meaning benevolent platitudes and the revulsion he felt for the 'liberal inanities' that he had himself churned out as a columnist for the Manchester Guardian. There is an almost complete lack of charity and human sympathy in his outlook as he presents it, particularly in the the very 'theological' Christianity that he came to embrace, and this seems to have been at complete variance with his personality as it showed itself to those who knew him closely. His writing is all the more enjoyable for that, even (perhaps especially) to an unreconstructed liberal like myself. He would not have liked anyone to say this, but in this respect he reminds me of nobody so much as Shaw, who he declared was 'wrong about everything'. I suppose that 'Down With Sex' is an understandable reaction from an ageing man who had obviously had enough of it. My own favourite piece in this book is 'The Pursuit of Happiness' -- it won't surprise you to learn he was against it, (and so, as it happens, was Shaw.Read more ›
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