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The Pleasure of Thinking: A Journey through the Sideways Leaps of Ideas von [Dalrymple, Theodore]

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What is the connection between God and East Sheen? How do you talk your way out of an Albanian jail? Why do dictators love to make comic books? How does a missed penalty-kick lead to a bloody war? Theodore Dalrymple, a psychiatrist who gives expert witness in murder cases, has a passion for sideways thinking. In The Pleasure of Thinking he takes us on a witty and erudite voyage along the hidden pathways that bring ideas together. At once light-hearted and enlightening, it is an amusing flight of the imagination in which we discover the happy accidents that befall those who remain endlessly curious.

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Theodore Dalrymple currently gives expert psychiatric assessments in murder trials. Previously he worked as a doctor in Africa and the Gilbert Islands. Upon his return to England, he worked as a psychiatrist and GP in a prison hospital in the Midlands, and the East End of London. He is a regular contributor to, among others, The Times, Telegraph and the British Medical Journal.


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  • Dateigröße: 1281 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 224 Seiten
  • Verlag: Gibson Square (27. September 2012)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00A6DBGM2
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HASH(0x9cc4af24) von 5 Sternen Thoughtful essays, though not what you might expect from the packaging 30. Oktober 2012
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The Pleasure of Thinking is a little different from Theodore Dalrymple's usual fare. The book is, somewhat misleadingly, packaged as a memoir. Though there are some reflections and anecdotes from Dalrymple's own life as a doctor and scholar, both in the UK and overseas, the book mainly consists of reflections on the author's library which he has fairly unsystematically built up over the decades.

The chapters are short, in Dalrymple's accustomed style, and reflect on the pleasures and puzzles of bibliomania. Within we find reflections on, for instance, the joys of finding an annotated commentary on Gibbon's decline and fall, the curious liking of dictators for comic books, and the decline of book collecting in the era of the internet.

The cogs on the cover imply a tour of Dalrymple's mind, though I feel that a true memoir from Dalrymple that depicts some of the habitual counter-intuitive thinking that led to his compelling essays on subjects such as the underclass, the reasons for an increase of litter, and sentimentality, may be yet to come. This is because Dalrymple's hallmark is not the ivory towered scholarship of most contemporary university types, but a mix of gritty personal experience as a doctor with a deep immersion in literature, history, philosophy and medicine.

Perhaps the author (retired for some seven or so years now) is now too far away from the underclass culture he diagnosed so alertly in his earlier work and is reflecting in his retirement on the more bookish elements of his character. Maybe he has already used up his choicest material in his earlier essays.

Another comment I must make on this book is that the production values are, again (with reference to Dalrymple's other books) shameful. Typos, chapter break icons that appear, bafflingly, between words, let alone paragraphs or sentences, spelling mistakes. This particular edition was published by Gibson Square, an outfit I am not familiar with, but, regrettably, they too seem to have laid off one copy editor and proof reader too many in the interests of cutting costs in these financially straightened times for publishers.

Whatever the likelihood of a more diagnostic memoir into the lateral thinking of Dr Dalrymple however, his existing readers will find some satisfaction from this learned and wry collection of writings on the books that Dalrymple has collected, and the curiosities within.
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HASH(0x9cc4af78) von 5 Sternen The Tremendous Pleasure of Reading Dr. Dalrymple 25. Februar 2013
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The great English psychiatrist is one of my favorite writers. I'll read anything that he types. The Pleasure of Thinking though will have the least universal appeal out of any of his works as its a bit of inside baseball concerning booksellers and used books. I'm a book lover but Dr. Dalrymple takes us far deeper into the topic than even I am interested in although there are great quotations and great stories in these essays. In particular, he's very interested in the criminal mind and spends about 60 pages or so on criminality. The sections on his travels to Central America and appearing as a "dangerous person" for owning certain books in Honduras were notable along with his analysis of African dictators. Also interesting was the section concerning his getting arrested in Albania. As is true of his entire oeuvre, I thoroughly enjoyed thinking as I read The Pleasure of Thinking.
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HASH(0x9cc4f270) von 5 Sternen One of his lesser works 11. April 2013
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I am a great fan of Mr. Dalrymple, but I find this book misleadingly titled. It does not strike me as "The Pleasure of Thinking" so much as a journey around Dalrymple's library, along with his confessions of bibliophilia -- the "disease" of those who love rare books and first editions. He also includes tales of other bibliophiles, and even bibliomaniacs.

In the process, he gets into details of literary history which may well leave readers yawning. How fascinating, that his first edition of "The Care of the Lunatic" includes an inscription from the author to his cousin! (I made that up.) But this book is full of immensely yawn-inducing trivia such as that.

If you're a bibliophile (or bibliomaniac), go for it. Others may want to hesitate.
HASH(0x9cc4f168) von 5 Sternen DELIGHTFUL 15. Oktober 2013
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A true delight. A tour through Dalrymple's mind. One wishes to sit in his library and challenge him to find a rare book within 60 seconds and laugh with him when he produces it.
HASH(0x9cc4f354) von 5 Sternen Four Stars 7. Mai 2015
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As always an interesting thoughtful take on the topic at hand spiced lightly with sarcasm.
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