Tools for Conviviality: Social Questions available in Paperback
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- Boyars, Marion Publishers, Incorporated
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This book is not for everyone, it covers a lot of subjects and is hard getting used to. Illich's writing style takes a lot of work to digest and his topics are an acquired taste. A quick glance over the text, will give an impression of an complex, grossly intellectualized, over saturated sentences that seem to start nowhere and go nowhere. Reading one page its is obvious this is a slow read. But when you drill down through a mess of English multi syllable words, cross language word use, and the over your head topics what you get to is a diamond in the rough. Let us start with the Title, one may ask what does Conviviality mean or refer to Dictionary.com defines convivial: pleasantly sociable and friendly. Tools of Conviviality is about machines and tools and how they function in a modern society, explained through social, economical, and political views. And Illich aims to ease them toward a convivial symbiosis with man's society. Why would anyone want to read this book its over three decades old and the cover screams burn me, and who would want to read it? Anyone who is interested in economics, social issues and such. But the main reason I kept on reading this book is because his language when you really read through is as accurate as humanly possible. The main social and economical ideas of this book are contained within mere sentences. An impressive showcase of technical and persuasive writing elements working together is how I would describe this book. I recommended it, there is more than a handful of points through out the book when one might stop and marvel at how correct one of his observations are. And another good thing about the book is its value, it's not book you read and put on the shelf you may find yourself in the middle of the book turn back to the beginning and re-read because you know you missed some very good points.