Our Culture, What's Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses

Our Culture, What's Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses

by Theodore Dalrymple


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This new collection of essays by the author of Life at the Bottom bears the unmistakable stamp of Theodore Dalrymple's bracingly clearsighted view of the human condition. In these pieces, Dr. Dalrymple ranges over literature and ideas, from Shakespeare to Marx, from the breakdown of Islam to the legalization of drugs. Here is a book that restores our faith in the central importance of literature and criticism to our civilization. Theodore Dalrymple is the best doctor-writer since William Carlos Williams. —Peggy Noonan. Includes When Islam Breaks Down, named the best journal article of 2004 by David Brooks of the New York Times.

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ISBN-13: 9781566637213
Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date: 03/01/2007
Pages: 356
Sales rank: 633,552
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.89(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

Theodore Dalrymple is a British doctor and writer who has worked on four continents and now practices in a British inner-city hospital and a prison. He has written a column for the London Spectator for thirteen years and is a contributing editor for City Journal in the United States. His earlier collection of essays, Life at the Bottom, was widely praised.

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Peggy Noonan

Theodore Dalrymple is the best doctor-writer since William Carlos Williams.

Roger Kimball

Theodore Dalrymple is the Edmund Burke of our age.… Our Culture, What’s Left of It is not simply an important book, it is a necessary one.

Norman Stone

There is so much learning and unconventional wisdom in it that you want to make the reading last.

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Our Culture, What's Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
mrtall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This compendium of some of the best of cultural critic Theodore Daylrymple's City Journal essays from the past 10 years is an end-to-end winner. Dalrymple is one of the best prose stylists around, and his brutally honest take on the decline of western culture should be required reading for anyone with eyes to see and the willingness to resist the panjandrums of political correctness.
claudiaannett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Only 212 readers! I would have thought any reader would love this book. Excellent, all essays are highly recommended.
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Polybius More than 1 year ago
This writer has a facility with words and, what is more important, a marvellous ability to present difficult ideas in a clear and simple manner. The style of writing is engaging. It holds the reader's attention, whilst at the same time providing an insight into the doublespeak of the intellectual class.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In one section, the comment is made 'I have seen little but understand much.' In another, is quoted what is written on Christopher Wren's tomb in St. Paul's Cathedral, 'If you see his monumment look around you.' Mr. Dalrymple speaks of what is going in the U.K. and the continent, but that can just as easily apply here in the United States. Read this book then look around you, and you will understand, but only if your mind is open.
Guest More than 1 year ago
British physician and essayist, Theodore Dalrymple, offers his views and insights into how the social, political and intellectual elites' self-serving, 'utopian' worldviews have contributed to the breakdown of morality and self-restraint in contemporary British society. In 26 essays --that range in topics from Shakespeare to Marx, from the 'frivolity of evil' to the Islamic breakdown of the UK's Pakistani criminal subculture-- Dalrymple displays proof of why he is being compared to George Orwell and Edmund Burke. A must-read for anyone who csres about the future course of our civilization.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Deadbeat dads, the drug culture, Marilyn Manson, and even D.H. Lawrence (talk about flogging a dead horse) - it all due to the welfare state and an intellectual elite that has embraced moral relativism. 'The best lack all conviction/ the worst are full of passionate intensity' Are we to believe that before the welfare state, say in 19th century England, all fathers were devoted to their children's welfare, there was no crime, no prostitution, no drugs? Dalrymple does a great job in delineating the appalling vulgarity and depravity of modern society, but I don't see how someone so concerned with human nature can fall for the obvious mistake of attributing all evil to a certain political arrangement (welfare state) which is, in fact, in tatters. The deadbeat dads and welfare moms he talks about lost their benefits years ago - he is out of date. They are now working two jobs at minimum wage without health insurance. Talk about evil. Still, he is fun to read if you skip the right wing diatribes.