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The Meaning of Recognition

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Literary critic, cultural commentator, TV personality, journalist, poet, political analyst, satirist and Formula One fan: Clive James is a man (and master) of many talents, and the essays collected here are testament to that fact. Whether discussing Bing Crosby, Bruno Schulz or Shakespeare, he manages to prioritize style and substance simultaneously, his tone never less th ...more
PBK, 496 pages
Published October 20th 2006 by Picador (first published September 2nd 2005)
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It seems that I have been reading this collection of essays for most of the year. And now that I am racing to the end of the year, and have a few books left to hit my target, I managed to summon the discipline to complete it.

This might sound odd, given I very often and very loudly proclaim that Clive James is one of my favourite, nay, most influential authors. But the truth is, in every prolific essay writer's life, a good proportion of his works will be on topics that you just don't care about.
Aug 09, 2015 Lysergius rated it really liked it
Shelves: essays
A series of high energy squibs going off behind the eyes. James' essays pack enormous erudition and media trivia on to the same page. He can talk about Bruno Schulz in one breath and George Bush and reality TV in the next. Entertaining,. polemic, sometimes crass and just wrong - how could the coup in Chile have improved the standard of living for the average Chilean? But always worth reading...
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Good spy story, but characters are less believable

Pitched as a Le Carre style thriller, it's a good technical read on tradecraft, but I felt the main protagonists were too overwhelmingly fabulous for the story. Would have preferred more flawed and less comic book heroes.
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An expatriate Australian broadcast personality and author of cultural criticism, memoir, fiction, travelogue and poetry. Translator of Dante.
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