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Hitch-22 : a memoir (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2010; vuoden 2010 painos)

– tekijä: Christopher Hitchens

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"The life story of one of the most admired and controversial public intellectuals of our time"--Provided by publisher.
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Teoksen nimi:Hitch-22 : a memoir
Kirjailijat:Christopher Hitchens
Info:New York : Twelve, 2010.
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I'm a fan of Christopher Hitchens, mainly from his debates and magazine articles, having discovered him through the "New Atheists" (Dawkins, Sam Harris, etc.), but I've not yet read a full book of his.

I really enjoyed listening to this (and the audiobook, read by Hitch himself, is definitely the best form), learned a bit about the Left, English middle-class life, and his differences with most of the left on the war on Islamofascism. I definitely disagree with a lot of his politics (in fact, a lot of the right wing leaders he despises were people I think saved the western world; glory to the helicopters...), but post-9/11, a lot of his views were quite reasonable. This seems like a case of patriotic dissent (combined with being left mainly as a product of that being kind of the default among English intellectuals of his formative years), and I'd certainly take more Hitchens types vs. blind followers on the right. It was particularly interesting learning how he reconciled himself to learning his mother's family was Jewish (and she had concealed this from him), as well as his relationships with parents, schools, and other figures on the left.

It does drag on a bit; something you can listen to while doing other things and miss sections without really missing much critical content. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
This is my first experience of Christopher Hitchens, and I can honestly say lived up to his reputation as a controversial journalist and passionate atheist. I can say he made me laugh and got me thinking. I will definitely seek his books out in the future ( )
  Colleen5096 | Oct 29, 2020 |
I'm giving this book an 'amazing' five-stars because Hitch writes like no one else. He was truly an amazing guy who did some amazing stuff and all of his work reflects this.

On the other hand, he tends to ramble when he's given unlimited time to talk. This book was, by far, Hitch talking and talking and talking. Don't get me wrong, I could read and listen to Hitch forever; but if you don't feel that way, his far more structured essays are much better. He meanders all over the place in his biography, detailing his relationships with other people and his adventures in war-torn countries. He talks extensively about his relationship with his mother and father. He talks a little about his brother and seems to have a smirk on his face as he does.

I say talks because the entire work is Hitch speaking to the reader.

Oddly, during Hitch-22 I got a real craving for whiskey. Not good whiskey. Mediocre whiskey mixed with cola. Sure, I could have gone for the cheap scotch and Perrier, but hey:

“Your ideal authors ought to pull you from the foundering of your previous existence, not smilingly guide you into a friendly and peaceable harbor.”

I disagree with Hitch about bad scotch. I think it tastes like gasoline. ( )
  authenticjoy | Mar 29, 2019 |
Hitchens’ bracing polemics produce a slightly wearing but always stimulating read. There’s a lot in it as he takes us from his private school tussles through the revolutionary Trotskyite movements he follows, in the face of the 68ers’ more hedonistic liberations, to his maturing in the Washington of wars of humanitarian interventionism and regime change. The tone tends to the acerbic, as he can’t resist the urge to denigrate, also to brag. He’s unabashed with the name dropping, but as this is rich in literary and intellectual influences, the reader is rewarded with valuable references to follow up. And his thinking is always interesting, if not in the end wholly reliable: see for example his slightly contrived attempt (relevant to our own degenerating times) at explaining the tenacity of anti-semitism (p379 in this ‘Twelve’ edition). ( )
  eglinton | Mar 11, 2019 |
The chief attributes were the references to the Amis clan. There wasn't much else but a bloviated rasping.

It may be fitting that I finished the book at a shopping mall, waiting for my wife. The structure of this memoir could strike one as a pitch. Maybe the mark finds forgiveness, maybe the neo-con conversion was genetic. The blood made him do it. I'll stop there. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
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Christopher Hitchens became dazzled by his “friendships” with the rich and powerful and turned into an apologist for war on Iraq. Terry Eagleton reads his new memoir –– and finds a man in conflict with every one of his own instincts.

Oedipus wrecked

The Oedipal children of the establishment have always proved useful to the left. Such ruling-class renegades have the grit, chutzpah, inside knowledge, effortless self-assurance, stylishness, fair conscience and bloody-mindedness of their social background, but can turn these patrician virtues to radical ends. The only trouble is that they tend to revert to type as they grow older, not least when political times are lean. The Paul Foots and Perry Andersons of this world are a rare breed. Men and women who began by bellowing "Out, out, out!" end up humiliating waiters and overrating Evelyn Waugh. Those who, like Christopher Hitchens, detest a cliché turn into one of the dreariest types of them all: the revolutionary hothead who learns how to stop worrying about imperialism and love Paul Wolfowitz.

That Hitchens represents a grievous loss to the left is beyond doubt. He is a superb writer, superior in wit and elegance to his hero George Orwell, and an unstanchably eloquent speaker. He has an insatiable curiosity about the modern world and an encyclopaedic knowledge of it, as well as an unflagging fascination with himself. Through getting to know all the right people, an instinct as inbuilt as his pancreas, he could tell you without missing a beat whom best to consult in Rabat about education policy in the Atlas Mountains. The same instinct leads to chummy lunches with Bill Deedes and Peregrine Worsthorne. In his younger days, he was not averse to dining with repulsive fat cats while giving them a piece of his political mind. Nowadays, one imagines, he just dines with repulsive fat cats. . . .

 
Hitchens acknowledges many people for their help, but interestingly no specific editor for this particular book. This is unfortunate: a good editor might have cut out 100 pages, pruned the moments of self-indulgence, reminded Hitchens that abuse is not equivalent to analysis and asked for a little more introspection. Read Christopher Hitchens, certainly, but not necessarily Hitch-22.
 
A generous friend, Mr. Hitchens gives most of his book’s good lines (and there are many, a good deal of them unprintable here) to the people he loves. Those good lines including this one, from Clive James, who began a review of a Leonid Brezhnev memoir this way: “Here is a book so dull that a whirling dervish could read himself to sleep with it.... If it were read in the open air, birds would fall stunned from the sky." Whatever the opposite of that book is, Mr. Hitchens has written it.
 
Our protagonist is a bit of a disembodied brain, highly capable of poignancy but not exactly introspection or, as is welcome in memoirs, overwhelming indiscretion. (Would it be primitive to say that he seems so English in this way, though he’s become an American citizen?) When he shares a tender memory, his preference is to quickly convert it into a larger political observation; for him, politics remains the most crucial sphere of moral and intellectual life.
 
When previously surveying his writerly recycling, I wrote, “I did not compile these examples to suggest that Hitchens has dined out on the same material for decades,” but Hitch-22 made me start to wonder.
 
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Not to be born is the best for man;

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The dance’s pattern; dance while you can.

Dance, dance for the figure is easy,

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