Ivan R. Dee, 2005
This new collection of essays by the author of Life at the Bottom bears the unmistakable stamp of Theodore Dalrymple's bracingly clearsighted view of the human condition. In these twenty-six pieces, Dr. Dalrymple ranges over literature and ideas, from Shakespeare to Marx, from the breakdown of Islam to the legalization of drugs. The book includes "When Islam Breaks Down," named by David Brooks of The New York Times as the best journal article of 2004.
Informed by years of medical practice in a wide variety of settings, Dr. Dalrymple's experience allows him to discover the universal in the local and the particular, and makes him impatient with the humbug and obscurantism that have too long marred our social and political discourse.
As in Life at the Bottom, his essays are incisive yet undogmatic, beautifully composed and devoid of disfiguring jargon, Our Culture, What's Left of It is a book that restores our faith in the central importance of literature and criticism to our civilization.
Dalrymple is a British doctor and writer who
has worked on four continents and has most recently practiced in a British
inner-city hospital and prison. He has written a column for the London
Spectator for thirteen years and is a contributing editor for City
Journal in the United States. His earlier collection of essays, Life
at the Bottom, was widely praised.