It contains 62 essays by 25 writers spanning nearly four centuries of English prose from Bacon to Pritchett.
And raising a lot of questions. Why did intelligent people, some of whom write much better than he did, heap so much praise on him? Elephantine is more like it.
Because Hitch followed the adolescent — and irritating — rule of varying words for the sake of it or out of a mistaken fear of boring the reader. He was being ironic. Which is ironic, because Hitch was supposed to be a master of irony.
He was a master of pomposity and plodding platitude. For me, he was the Tony Blair of journalism: By the time I saw him standing at the stage entrance of the 92nd Street Y that evening, he and I — and we alone — knew that he might have cancer.
We embraced in a shadow that only we saw and chose to defy. He lifted me up and we laughed. She can conjure reality. Hitch liked Waugh and Wodehouse, but refused to follow their literary example and write well.
He also failed to learn anything from three more very good writers, as Blue reveals here: Slightly down the page he wrote what he wanted me to bring from our guesthouse in Houston: Nietzsche, Mencken and Chesterton books. Elsewhere Blue offers a glimpse into something that helps explain it: At home at one of the raucous, joyous, impromptu eight-hour dinners we often found ourselves hosting, where the table was so crammed with ambassadors, hacks, political dissidents and children that elbows were colliding and it was hard to find a space to put down a glass of wine, my husband would rise to give a toast that could go on for a stirring, spellbinding, hysterically funny twenty minutes of poetry and limerick reciting, a call to arms for a cause, and jokes.
Americans appear to be suckers for a Brit with a posh accent and lots of self-confidence. Moving to the US was the best thing Hitch ever did for his career, because he could play the role of patrician intellectual and polemicist much better over there. And once there, as he described in Hitchhe made friends with other pseuds and windbags, like the late Susan Sontagalso hugely self-confident, also hugely over-rated.
His maternal ancestry was much more evident in him than in his conservative brother Peter, a better writer and thinker who has fully rejected his youthful Trotskyism, not transmuted it into neo-conservatism as Hitch did.
But Peter is pricklier and much less good as schmoozing than Hitch was. The affection is another matter: Hitch bore his own suffering bravely and without abandoning his principles: I found that a relief, because cancer is an unpleasant and frightening thing. Previously pre-posted please peruse:PRE-ISBN From the back-cover: "One of the most notable and attractive forms of English Literature is the essay.
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