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Cultural Amnesia by Clive James
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Apr 23, 11

Read from February 05 to April 23, 2011

On the Kindle and hard back - we don't have enough Clive James' in the world these days. The rapid influx of media and contemporary information is pushing from a collective psyche the great intellectual contributions of the 20th century. James chronicles many of those contributors that are being relegated to obscurity as we institutionalize cultural amnesia.

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message 1: by Jim (new) - rated it 4 stars

Jim An incredible compendium and inventory from a life spent diligently pursuing the arts, especially literature. An ambitious effort to say the least, one can't help but to wish that Mr. James had a peer who could have helped him frame the work. The books seems more like an unkempt notebook of rambling thoughts with pages strewn about.
However, it was an incredible education and tour de force. If by this writing the goal was for us to be left in awe of a life of letters that was fully lived, I believe he has largely made his case. Some of the more culturally attuned and better educated have pointed out the issues with the book, but I am the better for having read it. The book is an incredible starting point for further reading.
I believe Mr. James can be forgiven his all too frequent reminders that he read this in the French, and that in the German, and the other in the Italian, Russian, and so forth, if only to remind those of us in the English speaking world that multilingualism is more than just learning a language it is about learning a culture and a way of thought.
I hope to read more works by Mr. James in the future.

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