Saturday, July 17, 2010

Review: Hitch 22 by Christophere Hitchens

 Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U.S. war against Islamic extremism in Iraq. He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant with an unquenchable thirst for alcohol and literature. He is a fervent atheist, raised as a Christian, by a mother whose Jewish heritage was not revealed to him until her suicide.

In other words, Christopher Hitchens contains multitudes. He sees all sides of an argument. And he believes the personal is political. (2010)
description taken from here.

Hitch 22 is not an autobiography, but a memoir.  Maybe it is just me, maybe it is my sense of arugumention, but I really like Hitchens and his writing.  He almost seems to go out of his way to give everyone a reason or 2 to disagree or hate him.  Which, to my wacky brain, equals underdog and scared to get close to anyone.  This makes me feel a soft spot for him and makes me think of his perspective when he writes his new book.

I'm not sure if his memoir was intended to make people laugh or not, but Hitchens sure made me giggle.  Some of the things he says are wow-worthy.  I mean, he says things that people will think but are too afraid to say, and that what makes me laugh, the degree of honesty he injects into his memoir.

I enjoyed this audio book more than I have ever enjoyed an audio book before.  I think it is a great read, but I think many people (very religious people) will have trouble seeing the humor of it and find it a disgrace.  If you are not afraid of trying something new or think you do not fit the category of finding it a disgrace, read it! Or, listen to it!  I think you will enjoy it too.

**I was not paid for this review.  I received a free audio book in order to procure a real and honest review.  All opinions are my own unless otherwise stated.**

No comments: