Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays

I did not, I wish to state, become a journalist because there was no other profession that would have me I became a journalist because I did not want to rely on newspapers for information Love, Poverty and War Journeys and Essays showcases America s leading polemicist s rejection of consensus and clich , whether he s reporting from abroad in Indonesia, Kurdistan, Ir I did not, I wish to state, become a journalist because there was no other profession that would have me I became a journalist because I did not want to rely on newspapers for information Love, Poverty and War Journeys and Essays showcases America s leading polemicist s rejection of consensus and clich , whether he s reporting from abroad in Indonesia, Kurdistan, Iraq, North Korea, or Cuba, or when his pen is targeted mercilessly at the likes of William Clinton, Mother Theresa a fanatic, a fundamentalist and a fraud , the Dalai Lama, Noam Chomsky, Mel Gibson and Michael Bloomberg Hitchens began the nineties as a darling of the left but has become of an unaffiliated radical whose targets include those on the left, who he accuses of fudging the issue of military intervention in the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq Yet, as Hitchens shows in his reportage, cultural and literary criticism, and opinion essays from the last decade, he has not jumped ship and joined the right but is faithful to the internationalist, contrarian and democratic ideals that have always informed his work.
Love Poverty and War Journeys and Essays I did not I wish to state become a journalist because there was no other profession that would have me I became a journalist because I did not want to rely on newspapers for information Love Povert

  • Title: Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays
  • Author: Christopher Hitchens
  • ISBN: 9781560255802
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays”

    1. there are moments when hitchens will assume the reader is familiar with some quip cyril connely made to evelyn waugh at a party in 1951. wouldn't be so bad if your understanding of the last three pages didn't depend on knowing the joke. just inconsiderate to those of us with public school educationsill a great writer. i disagree with him on many issues. but feel compelled to read his views on a subject as a sort of check to my own prejudices.

    2. Wow -- whatever one may think of Hitch's politics, the guy sure could write! Took me a while to get through this one, not because he's dry, but because the entries that interested me were so well done that I wanted the book to last longer.What to expect: the essays are roughly divided into historical and literary criticism, travel and current events (best way I can put it), followed by ones focusing on 9/11 and Iraq (the book "ends" in 2004). The first section was the most difficult for me, not [...]

    3. When you come across a book of journals, chances are you won't read all of them, just the ones that interest you. If you do happen to pick this journal up with the intention of doing as such, make sure you read the North Korean story in "War" closer to the end.It was fantastic. Everything Hitchens said felt like it had dual meaning. On the surface, completely cordial. But from a sceptical Western perspective, every second sentence cut like a knife against Pyong Yang. Congrats Chris. If this is a [...]

    4. “Time, then, is of the essence, and Proust is interested in slowing it down, if not exactly holding it up, so as to enable himself to take longer sips from the precious but evaporating fluid.”Classic Hitchens over-the-coals raking:“I can really measure redundancy only in English, and I had already noticed in Davis’s introduction a reference to ‘the wistful closing coda in the Bois de Boulogne.’ A coda can only be a closure, so the sin of redundancy (or tautology, or pleonasm) is one [...]

    5. christopher hitchens could write a novel about the wart on his nose and i would happily read every word.e man can WRITE, and with more thought, humor and empathy that just about anyone alive. even if you disagree with him (which happens a surprising amount), the last thing you want to do is shut him up.

    6. Ensayos y artículos con temáticas de la actualidad concentradas en el amor, la guerra y la pobreza. El autor nos expresa sin tapujos su opinión, me gustó sobre todo su particular forma de contar la historia de personajes (como Churchill) que tenemos una imagen producto muchas veces de lo que nos han querido que pensemos y no porque lleguemos a una conclusión propia. Los artículos que realizó para Vanity Fair en mi opinión trata de intelectualizar una temática bastante plástica.Recomien [...]

    7. For all he owed much of his reputation to his political journalism and his willingness to play devil’s advocate (once literally, as he details here in ‘The Devil and Mother Teresa’) the more I read of Hitchens the more I’m convinced that his writings on literature should be the ones he should be remembered by. Here they comprise the vast bulk of the ‘love’ section and are almost unfailingly fascinating, engaging critically with the texts in the purest sense of criticism. It added to [...]

    8. I read this book several years ago after picking it up for a song in a great old bookstore in Chicago. After recently hearing about Hitchens' treatment for cancer, I revisited the book as a reminder that we could lose one of the most iconoclastic writers of our time. Hitchens is that rarest of writers today, a man of the left who really does care about liberal democracy. And while I don't always agree with him, I always admire the breadth of his knowledge (it seems like he's read everything unde [...]

    9. This is a great collection of essays that reminded me of just what a good writer Hitchens was. Beyond his combative television interviews and his reputation for controversy, he really, really could put pen to paper. There are lots of interesting and entertaining essays here. The Medals of His Defeats, The Strange Case of David Irving, Why Americans Are Not Taught History, The Gospel According to Mel and, especially, Visit to a Small Planet were all highlights from the early part of the book. The [...]

    10. "By no means the least of the consolations now available to the unbeliever, and to those who live outside the lines of conventional virtue, is the thought that if we turn out to be mistaken in our Cartesian wagers, and find ourselves in the long, long chute to a smoke-and-brimstone filled afterlife, Christopher will be there at the bottom to welcome us with a drink and, why not, a cigarette."- D.D Guttenplan

    11. Heavy read, but interesting. Takes aim at Winston Churchill, Mother Theresa, Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Mel Gibson, and allegedly oppressive no smoking regulations implemented by the Mayor of New York.

    12. I don't always agree with Mr. Hitchens but his arguments are compelling and his acerbic wit is a hoot 'n' a half.

    13. One gets drawn into Hitchens scintillating prose, regardless of the topics of his essays. Some of the topics were of minimal interest to me but I nevertheless got drawn into reading them because he writes with such verve and his opinions are so well articulated (not all the time) that one goes ahead with the next sentence. The subjects of his essays are varied from high brow book reviews to reportage from troubled spots, to views on current happenings; Hitchens remains a trenchant critic, never [...]

    14. Some great essays in here. My favorites included- A sequence of great book reviews (my favorites were on Huxley, Greene, and Kingsley Amis, and Joyce)- His trip down Sunset Blvd in LA in '95 - His finding petty laws to break in Bloomberg's NYC - His disgust in being witness to some state-ordered executions- THe US public education systems' shortcomings in teaching history- His takedowns of the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa and Mel Gibson and Michael Moore- Time he spent with the Kurds for Nat Geo [...]

    15. Probably Hitch's most accessible essay collection – at least the second half. Many of his views have proven to stand the test of time, and his erstwhile prescience is painfully evident.

    16. Christopher Hitchens is consistently one of the most provocative (if at times arrogant) journalists in the world. This book is a collection of essays he's published in the Nation, Vanity Fair, and a number of other publications in the last few years. The first section, titled "Love," is purely literary criticism, and it's a fabulous demonstration of his elegance with the pen. He writes on a number of authors, Joyce, Proust, Orwell (of course), Borges, and a number of others. These essays are all [...]

    17. If I gave this book four stars, it was only in comparison to the other works of Hitchens' which I have previously read. At times, his arguments seemed unfocused and ranting, although examples of this were far more rare than the genuine gems which I have come to expect from Hitchens. "Love, Poverty, and War" is, nonetheless, another fine showing which displays a mastery of English prose, a vibrant wit, and a solid working acquaintance with the big issues of the day. Even the most vocal of the aut [...]

    18. Hitchens is, as usual, all sorts of awesome. This is a great book mostly because it gives you a glimpse into Hitchens just before he became known as a "neocon" for his support of the invasion of Iraq, and before he was known less as a journalist and more as an atheist. In the essays in this book, you can see what drives the man, what makes him who he is, and why he is such a massive intellectual force. Neocon is a massive misnomer for a man who is fairly radical in his humanism and anti-theism. [...]

    19. I am not really sure what to say other than I revere Hitchens' unrepentant and unremitting dismemberment of stupidity for over four decades and that I also revere his brilliant and pungent writing. Whether he is excoriating undeservingly over-adulated public figures or sympathizing with the plight of the oppressed in Kurdistan, he is always at his most insightful and intelligent. Nobody gives me more optimism than Hitchens, even though he explores the mass and general stupidity that seemingly pr [...]

    20. Christopher Hitchens is one of the smartest men to ever live. His mind is full of wit, and his essays will make you think regardless of your mindset. This novel takes you through the mind of Hitchens, from his 2 AM rants to his drunken rampages in a computer keyboard. His favorite authors and political figures come into play in the first half of the book, and the topic of modern terrorism and the 9/11 attacks.Despite the incredible rhetoric and intelligence regularly delivered by Hitchens, his p [...]

    21. Hitch's writing is purely outstanding. You don't even need to appreciate his politics to recognize the craft of his language. However, besides his artful writing, his essays are poignant, concise, and veracious. His reflections on traveling the American Midwest are nothing short of pure Americana (in which the section is aptly named) and well worth the purchase of the book in itself. His knack for literary criticism in the first section is prevalent and enjoyable. In the post-9/11 part of the "W [...]

    22. One essay in - I was bored. But then the last few pages of the essay I couldn't stop reading. I was reading as I walked, I was unable to put it down to cross the street and in the ending few paragrpahs he said "We seem to have a need, as a species, for something noble and lofty. The task of criticism could be defined as the civilizing of the need -- the appreciation of true decency and heroism as against coercive race legends and blood myths. The application of this winnowing and discriminating [...]

    23. I enjoyed this very much; I'd read many of the essays along the way over the years. The essays were primarily from the 1990's, and very few of them felt dated. Most seemed relevant to today's world situation. For example, an essay in early 90's regarding the Kurds referred to the commuist rebel group the PKK -- that group is still with us. Three of its female members were killed execution style in Paris this past week. I felt like I had the back story. Hitchens always makes me feel smart. One of [...]

    24. Yeah, Hitchens writes well, you'll need a dictionary. Although he is hard to follow at times. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big Hitchens fan and I love watching videos of him in debates. Both Love, Poverty and War & his other book, Arguably do not really tickle my fancy. Sorry big fella. He does share interesting stories and accounts of history on contentious issues such as the Iraq war, however the book is just too disjointed and no solid theme to grab onto.You might love it, I see that it has [...]

    25. Hitchens has been my go-to guy when I want a bite-size chunk of something guaranteed to satisfy. Between this and Arguably, I think I'm now out of essays though. His memoir might be next. I like him best on literature, America and the Middle East, and especially when he has a bee in his bonnet. Although his appetites are also part of his appeal. My highlight here was perhaps Jewish Power, Jewish Peril, from Vanity Fair in 2002, for informing me that left-wing Jews in the early 20th century were [...]

    26. I like Hitchens; his views on religion and falsehood are erudite and irreverent and his "Letters to a Young Contrarian" helped me figure out who I was after the "Get good job" path collapsed under me. That said, Hitchens writes well, but he is not the reincarnation of George Orwell. He has the fortitude to go to places like North Korea and Kabul, but he falls back on the same references. It's a joy to read him demolish sacred figures like Mother Teresa, but most of his best stuff can be found el [...]

    27. Not all of the essays are great but some certainly are wonderful. His essay on Civil War reenacters, his piece debunking the mythology of Winston Churchill and his essay on Bob Dylan are acerbic, witty treatises whose trenchant intelligence rival almost everything produced for popular audiences over the past twenty years. The British, stuffy hard-drinking DFW of essays, I suppose. Though I found his "eulogy" for Edward Said somewhat disgusting I realize that the most interesting writers are alwa [...]

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