Create lists, bibliographies and reviews: Search WorldCat Find items in libraries near you. Advanced Search Find a Library. Your list has reached the maximum number of items.
See a Problem?
Please create a new list with a new name; move some items to a new or existing list; or delete some items. Your request to send this item has been completed. Citations are based on reference standards. However, formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study. The specific requirements or preferences of your reviewing publisher, classroom teacher, institution or organization should be applied.
The E-mail Address es field is required.
Not with a bang but a whimper : the politics and culture of decline
Please enter recipient e-mail address es. The E-mail Address es you entered is are not in a valid format. Please re-enter recipient e-mail address es. You may send this item to up to five recipients. The name field is required. Please enter your name. The E-mail message field is required. Please enter the message. Please verify that you are not a robot. Would you also like to submit a review for this item? You already recently rated this item. Your rating has been recorded. Write a review Rate this item: Preview this item Preview this item. Not with a bang but a whimper: English View all editions and formats Summary: On the other hand, never have so many people felt anxious and depressed, and resorted to pills to case their distress.
Mankind has labored long and hard to produce a cornucopia for itself, only to discover that the cornucopia does not bring the happiness expected, but only a different kind of anxiety. Dalrymple's special attention is to the British experience - its bureaucratic muddle, oppressive welfare mentality, and aimless young - all produced by people and programs in pursuit of democracy and freedom. No social critic today is more adept and incisive in exploring the state of our culture and the ideas that are changing our ways of life.
In Not with a Bang But a Whimper, he takes the measure of our cultural declin Theodore Dalrymple's new book of essays follows on the extraordinary success of his earlier collections, Life at the Bottom and Our Culture, What's Left of It. In Not with a Bang But a Whimper, he takes the measure of our cultural decline, with special attention to Britain-its bureaucratic muddle, oppressive welfare mentality, and aimless youth-all pursued in the name of democracy and freedom.
He shows how terrorism and the growing numbers of Muslim minorities have changed our public life. Also here are Mr. Dalrymple's trenchant observations on artists and ideologues, and on the questionable treatment of criminals and the mentally disturbed, his area of medical interest. Hardcover , pages.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Not with a Bang But a Whimper , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Not with a Bang But a Whimper. Lists with This Book. Mar 30, Sandra rated it really liked it Shelves: A collection of essays written by a former prison psychiatrist. To say that he has a unique voice and strong opinions would be an understatement.
The book is a mix of literary criticism, social commentary and observations about human nature. It is sobering, and pessimistic. It only makes sense that someone who's worked with the most troubled and dysfunctional segments of society wouldn't have the most sunny disposition - not about those segments, and not about the society as a whole. You won't fi A collection of essays written by a former prison psychiatrist. You won't find nor read many books like this these days, but we all should - find, read and consider.
Sep 26, Alicia rated it really liked it. In Not with a Bang, Dalrymple writes about the loss of British culture and character. Dalrymple is a retired psychiatrist and prison physician who has worked all over the world.
- Split Decision (The Hybrid Series Book 1);
- labor matronalis - Die häuslichen Pflichten einer römischen Matrone (German Edition);
- Initiate’s Trial: First book of Sword of the Canon (The Wars of Light and Shadow, Book 9)!
- The Bride & Grooms Wedding Checklist & Planner Guide!
He is an excellent essayist and social commentator, and although I do not always agree with his views--I greatly admire his honesty, ferocity, and erudition. This volume was an interesting but somewhat disjointed collection of literary analysis of such authors as Ibsen, Burgess, Orwell and editorial on contemporary Bri In Not with a Bang, Dalrymple writes about the loss of British culture and character.
This volume was an interesting but somewhat disjointed collection of literary analysis of such authors as Ibsen, Burgess, Orwell and editorial on contemporary British ideology and politics. One of Dalrymple's recurring themes is crime and youth culture, and I enjoyed his essay about the original British version of A Clockwork Orange and Burgess's disgust with Kubrick for using the publisher-pushed American edition's ending for his film.
In another chapter, Dalrymple, himself an atheist, lays bare the intellectual dishonesty in New Atheist works by the likes of Hitchens, Dawkins and others. I also thought his essays on multiculturalism, Islamic identity, and Muslim extremism in modern Britain were very illuminating given his background as a psychiatrist. Sep 29, Jay rated it liked it. Theodore Dalrymple is the pseudonym of Anthony Daniels, a retired English doctor now living in France. He writes frequently of political, social, and philosophical matters.
I had hoped this book, with its subtitle "The Politics and Culture of Decline" was a single essay that would examine the decline of Western civilization, its causes, its likely outcomes, and possible methods of avoiding the bad end. I was a little disappointed that it is instead a collection of separate though related vignett Theodore Dalrymple is the pseudonym of Anthony Daniels, a retired English doctor now living in France.
I was a little disappointed that it is instead a collection of separate though related vignettes. But my disappointment was counterbalanced by Dalrymple's brilliant use of language and engaging writing style. This book focuses on the decline of culture and lawfulness in Britain, but it is equally applicable to America since we seem to be following Britain's every bad example. Jul 06, Rick Skwiot rated it it was amazing.
Not with a Bang But a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of Decline
The Politics and Culture of Decline. There, as here, the breakdown of the family and resulting cultural, spiritual and moral decline has come with best of intentions and the worst of outcomes. And without much thought to addressing the spiraling rot by rescinding the laws and policies that fomented it. He writes compellingly and freshly of literature, art, religion and more.
I highly recommend both books—though not for those looking for cozy reads that posit an optimistic view of the future. Jan 07, bartosz rated it really liked it Shelves: The common thread of the articles gathered in the book is alluded to in the subtitle.
The author explores policies and cultural shifts in Great Britain that contributed to its moral decline. The essays repeat the motifs of the author's previous books, though I agree with Dalrymple's observation, made in the analysis of The Road to Serfdom, that it's better to remind people of old t Not With a Bang But a Whimper - The Politics and Culture of Decline is a collection of essays by Theodore Dalrymple. The essays repeat the motifs of the author's previous books, though I agree with Dalrymple's observation, made in the analysis of The Road to Serfdom, that it's better to remind people of old truths than to introduce them to new ones.
The Gift of Language describes how mastery of a language is a necessary condition for people to express their ideas, and the folly of pretending that all languages and vernaculars are created equal. The author attacks the recently popular academic dogma that languages are arbitrary, that grammatical rules are "oppressive" and that language comes naturally by itself and doesn't have to be exercised a direct rebuttal to S. Pinker's The Language Instinct.
The Specter Haunting Dresden is a haunting analysis of Germany's collective cognitive dissonance. On one hand Germans try to forget their own history and eschew their national identity while trying to forcefully forge an European identity , yet on the other hand are fearful of forgetting the sins of their fathers. This dissonance is explored in relation to the bombing of Dresden. While the loss of "The Florence of Elbe" was both cultural and humanitarian, the nation was afraid of mourning it for the fear of being seen as Nazi sympathizers.
What the New Atheists Don't See is a poignant critique of some of the more prominent atheist writers of the last 20 years: Even though the author is himself an atheist he debates the arguments presented by the "New Atheists" calling them, rightly, simplistic or failed and presents a sociological and moral cases for Christianity.
Dalrymple points out the prophetic nature of Anthony Burgess's disturbing book, namely, it's prediction of roaming youth gangs terrorizing adults, the oversexualization of teens and their fragile egos. At the same time the author points out how the book is an exploration of human nature, the origins of good and evil, and psychological behaviorism. The aforementioned articles are a few of the almost twenty articles of the book.
The book certainly doesn't bow to controversy and no brick is unturned - from language, the works of art and artists, through the critiques of contemporary politicians and the politics of the social state, finishing on terrorism and multiculturalism. In my eyes Dalrymple is a master of profound book reviews, and this is especially seen in his analysis of A Clockwork Orange and the description of A Road to Serfdom.
One can only hope to write with such insight someday! A collection of particularly insightful essays, Not With a Bang But a Whimper, was a good way to start reading in May 28, Louis rated it liked it. I might be tempted to read one more book from the same author. Apr 07, Colin rated it it was amazing.
Not with a Bang But a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of Decline by Theodore Dalrymple
Dec 16, James rated it it was amazing. Another excellent collection of essays, this one culminating in a final sentence that chilled my soul after I read it. Jan 12, Charlotte Strandkvist rated it it was ok. They have made a world in which the only freedom is self-indulgence, a world from which -most terrible of all- prison can sometimes be a liberation.
The author has now retired from his psychiatric work in the slums of Britain, and has moved to the hardly safer land of France. I specially enjoyed the chapters on Anthony Burgess's The Clockwork Orange , the futuristic story that proved so true in today's Britain. One of the sentences that describes in a nutshell the state of the Western world is: One can gauge how completely collectivism has entered our soul -so that we are now a people of the government, for the government, by the government. Other people, other customs. Jun 11, Mary Catelli rated it it was amazing Shelves: A collection of essays.
A sampler, not a thematic collection. But Dalrymple brings his usual wit and insight to all of them, from medical issues in William Shakespeare's plays, to public discourse, to government bureaucracy, to the importance of standard English to slum children, to the psychology of terrorism. Includes a great many appalling insights in the horrors of bureaucracy. One would say incompetence if there were any evidence that the bureaucrats were actually trying to carry out their p A collection of essays.