Thursday, 8 December 2011

BOOK OF THE MOMENT: Christopher Hitchens breaks it down in Arguably

VERBAL GOLD: Hitchens is in a league all his own.

Bestselling author and all-round provocateur Christopher Hitchens offers another winning sample of his clear-cut commentary and inflammatory, consistently witty insight into everything from politics to Charles Dickens to Harry Potter in a collection of essays, Arguably (Twelve), that finds him at his liveliest and characteristically brilliant.

“His range is extraordinary, both in breadth and altitude. He is as self-confident on the politics of Lebanon as on the ontology of the Harry Potter books,” raves the New York Times. “Hitchens [is still] one of the most stimulating thinkers and entertaining we have, even when – perhaps especially – when he provokes.”

At 816 pages, Arguably is not for the fainthearted, but for every brave minute spent within its covers, the reader is duly rewarded with a fresh perspective on subjects of global importance. A Vanity Fair contributing editor, Hitchens is also the author of the acclaimed memoir Hitch 22 (among my top reads of 2011) and the worldwide bestseller God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.

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