Heresies : Against Progress and Other Illusions Paperback
by John Gray
By the author of the best-selling Straw Dogs, this book is a characteristically trenchant and unflinchingly clear-sighted collection of reflections on our contemporary lot.
Whether writing about the future of our species on this planet, the folly of our faith in technological progress, or the self-deceptions of the liberal establishment, John Gray dares to be heretical like few other thinkers today.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Granta Books
- Publication Date: 16/09/2004
- ISBN: 9781862077188
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Review by dcunning11235
As always with Gray, keen observation, a realistic/pessimistic outlook, and a consistent, convincing synthesis. But many of the essays, taken together in book form, are heavily repetitive. And since this is a time-slice of essays, a first time reader (which I am not) of Gray would likely not get the development of the ideas; they would just come from nowhere, as mere assertions.<br/><br/>The narrowness of the time, too, from 1999 to 2004, also makes for a bit of repetition; though the number of unresolved issues from the turn of the millennium and first Bush Jr. term that I am reminded of is a bit shocking. Definitely several moments of, "Oh, yeah... what the hell?"