Wednesday, August 08, 2007
He'p me unnerstand!
Can someone explain to me what John Henry Clippinger’s “A Crowd of One” is all about? I read the first 100 pages before finally giving up – it’s meandering, disorganized, occasionally incoherent and (what finally got to me) internally inconsistent.
I’m sure there’s some point Clippinger is trying to make – but he still hadn’t gotten to it half-way through the book! Perhaps it’s his ramblings and meanderings into current political and social events (most of which are neither interesting, entertaining or particularly insightful) which are poorly tacked on to historic reviews of long dead societies. Or, perhaps, it’s what happens when you try to cobble together years’ worth of cogitations into a poorly formed magnum opus. I really expect more from a PhD who’s also a Harvard fellow. Maybe I expected too much, but at least a modicum of internal consistency, at least a simple statement of thesis are things any work – no matter it’s length – should have. And this book, sadly, doesn’t.
Or have I badly overlooked something?
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