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am 27. Januar 2012
While we knew Dalrhymple from other publications, he surprises again with a critical and very humorous view on everyday life in the 21st century. For those who have English as a second language a dictionary might be useful at times and thus you learn a few colourful and accurate new expressions.
He hits the nail right on the head and is able to explain why we [in my case in Holland] are inundated with crying people on tv and other expressions of extreme self pity. A whole industry is created to treat people who are not sick but who seem to blame society for their misfortune.
Highly recommended
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am 18. Juli 2013
Where to start?
The very idea that sentimentality is taking too much place in our society is rarely debated. I was curious to read what this author had to say about it. This was supposed to be a book I would agree with, at 99%...

The first half of the book gets many points right (hence the 2 stars). Examples about how children, courts and other aspects of our lives are surrounded by useless and diverting sentimentality are well chosen. Some example are numbered, others at least argued for.
The second half becomes an emotional rant about many aspects of life he doesn't like. The book digresses, for example there is a long section about African countries. I understand the author lived there, but I am not interested in his view on politics there and how we should help (or not): this has nothing to do with this book. Even if it had a slight relation to emotionality, the author doesn't even try to outline & defend his points.

What disturbed me the most, are the far right tendencies of this book. A few examples:
- The author criticizes "intellectuals" in general (whatever that means).
- He criticizes free human relationships (including the freedom to divorce). I would be ready to listen to what he has to say about this, but again: no argument. Somehow we should accept that our society is falling apart for applying sentiment to the only thing that has to be about sentiment (marriage & love).
- He also, in 3 sentences, declares unilaterally the following: Christian persons are less emotional than non believers. His pseudo-argument? That humanism leads to more sentimentatlity than faith (as if secularists were all volunteering in African work camps...).
These are just examples...

I am not rating this book poorly because I don't like the author's point of view (family, values, religion), but rather because:
- This book is highly emotional. Many points are not explained. The absence of argument is precisely a sign of sentimentality.
- The author uses this book to promote his political views (e.g. criticizing PM Brown). I would see no problem with that if they were vaguely relevant to the topic at hand...but they aren't. At the very least, I fail to see why, and the author doesn't attempt to convince me otherwise.

Maybe the author thinks of himself as a modern Ayn Rand. Alas, I prefer the original.

This book is not about sentimentality. It is a sentimental essay trying to convince the reader that our society is falling apart (mostly because of left-wing, non religious, divorce-friendly people). I can open any bad Sunday paper to get the same (emotional) impression.
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am 18. Januar 2013
eigentlich bin ich noch gar nicht ganz fertig mit diesem gedankenschweren Buch- aber diese Wischiwaschi- Politik in den Schulen, keinem mehr weh zu tun und die Leistungen nach unten zu schrauben - auch das ist nicht nur ein englisches Problem .
Bei uns fängt das schon im Kindergarten an , wo die Spiele aus den Regalen entfernt werden, wo Kinder verlieren können .
Guter Ansatz - hoffentlch gibt es bald ein Umdenken !!!!!
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am 31. Dezember 2012
outspoken and anything but "politically correct"; very much like a breath of fresh air in a sick-room, courageous in "calling a spade a spade", and refusing to accord the right to being handled with anything but kid-gloves to self-professed as well as professional "victims".
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am 2. Oktober 2013
I though I would give this book five starts before I bought it. I agree almost 100% on the fact that our society has become too sentimental and the romantic ideals have somehow led our education astray. And the book started well, talking about education and its role in sentimentality. But it all goes downhill from there.
This book is in essence a really (really!) long rant. And as a rant there is nothing rational or scientific about it. Mr. Dalrymple falls victim to the very sentimentality he is criticizing. No studies mentioned, no psychological theories about why we tend to value emotion and sentiment over reason, just an old man b****ing about it and promoting his own political views.
However, what bothered me the most about this book is its extensive use of examples (about sentimentalist sections at bookstores, people acting as victims, etc). But examples are just that, you can use them to prove any point. For someone who likes to present himself as well-read and erudite (and he loves doing this by the inclusion of a latin or french in almost every other page just for the fact of showing off), this is an error of first order.
This book could have been a 10-page essay. Instead it just drags out and you just wish this man would shut up.
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am 15. März 2013
Man hat den Eindruck, dass der Autor mit der Zeit immer analytischer wird. Ein Buch das einem die Augen öffnet!
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