Hitch-22: A Memoir



Hitch-22: A Memoir by Christopher Hitchens
Publisher: Hachette Audio; Unabridged edition (June 2, 2010) | ISBN: 1607882329 | Language English | Audio CD in MP3
Total Duration: 17 hours 30 minutes | Encoder Settings: VBR~80 kbit/s 22500 Hz Mono | 625 mb
Hitchens, who, in his earlier books, has expressed contempt for both God and Mother Teresa (although not in that order), is often described as a contrarian. In fact, in his book Letters to a Young Contrarian (2001), he himself noted that he “can appear insufferable and annoying,?albeit without intending to. This memoir, bracing, droll, and very revealing, gives him yet another description: storyteller. He writes with a voice you can hear clearly, warmed by smoke and whiskey, and draws readers into his story, which proves as personal as it is political. As with many memoirs, it is not the public moments that are so fascinating, though there are plenty of those. Hitchens takes readers with him to Havana and Prague, Afghanistan and Iraq; tests himself by being waterboarded (he was disappointed in his early capitulation); and hobnobs with politicians and poets. He almost gets himself beaten up by defacing a poster in Iraq with a Hitler mustache. But the most intriguing stories are the personal ones, both from his early days, at home and at boarding school, and from his later life, when he learns that his mother was Jewish, which, if only technically, makes him Jewish as well. This revelation leads Hitchens on a quest to learn the story of his family, many of whom died in the Holocaust. How this new identity squares with his oft-proclaimed atheism sheds a different light on the meaning of religious identity. (He struggles mightily with his political identity as well.) Few authors can rile as easily as Hitchens does, but even his detractors might find it difficult to put down a book so witty, so piercing, so spoiling for a fight. He makes you want to be as good a reader as he is a writer. Ilene Cooper This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Review
"'If Hitchens didn't exist, we wouldn't be able to invent him.' Ian McEwan 'Razor-sharp Outstanding' A.C. Grayling, Independent on Sunday 'Thank God for Christopher Hitchens.' Mark Warren, Esquire 'A grand rhetorician' Christopher Hart, Sunday Times 'One of the most formidable polemicists writing in English today.' John Cornwell, The Tablet 'If you are invited to debate with Christopher Hitchens, decline. His witty repartee, his ready-access store of historical quotations, his bookish eloquence, his effortless flow of well-formed words would threaten your arguments even if you had good ones to deploy.' Richard Dawkins, TLS" This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.




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