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Nguages; a love for animals greater than for human beings; the costly privilege of exile; a theology of emptiness Yet a unifying perception underlies this diversity The best we have or can produce is only the tip of the iceberg Behind every good book as in a lit shadow lies the book which remained unwritten the one that would have failed better. Fantastic

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By one of the world's foremost literary critics George Steiner's My Unwritten Books meditates upon seven books he had long had in mind to write but never did Massively erudite the essays are also brave unflinching and wholly personal In this fiercely original and audacious work George Steiner tells of seven books which he did not write Because. Steiner s range of reference is the whole of Western and a fair amount of Eastern science literature history art music and philosophy This often made me feel like I d been given an aerial view of topics I ve only had access to from ant s eye level Occasionally his style makes his arguments seem fatuous and I felt like I was in the presence of an inescapable gasbag Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman Summary & Study Guide upon seven books he had long had in mind to write but never did Massively erudite the essays are also brave The White Nights of Ramadan unflinching and wholly personal In this fiercely original and audacious work George Steiner tells of seven books which he did not write Because. Steiner s range of reference is the whole of Western and a fair amount of Eastern science literature history art music and philosophy This often made me feel like I d been given an aerial view of topics I ve only had access to from ant s eye level Occasionally his style makes his arguments seem fatuous and I felt like I was in the presence of an inescapable gasbag

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Intimacies and indiscretions were too threatening Because the topic brought too much pain Because its emotional or intellectual challenge proved beyond his capacities The actual themes range widely and defy conventional taboos the torment of the gifted when they live among when they confront the very great; the experience of sex in different la. I m actually not finished because you could never finish the late George Steiner But I am finished reading Zion and I am pleased that it has been included in this compilation one of the books he was not able to write because it means he was not able to solve the problem expressed in Zion and therefore is a human being like the rest of us Perhaps he may have been able to write that book if he had lived longer but I doubt it It is a thorny problem


10 thoughts on “My Unwritten Books

  1. says:

    I'd never heard of George Steiner before but apparently he's dazzling superb a phenomenon uniue powerful brilliantly illuminating the polymath's polymath one of the world's foremost intellectuals Here he writes 7 essays on books he might have written but didn't We must be thankful he didn't write the book The Tongues of Eros about language and sex which goes into numbing repulsive and sickeningly poetic detail about his sexual practices wit

  2. says:

    Each of the seven chapters covers a book Steiner had hoped to write but did not I loved the premise and liked getting introduced to topics I frankly wouldn’t want a whole book about it’s a pleasure to follow his thoughts on say N

  3. says:

    Steiner's range of reference is the whole of Western and a fair amount of Eastern science literature history art music and philosophy This often made me feel like I'd been given an aerial view of topics I've only had access to from a

  4. says:

    I have been reading George for forty years and savour his prose This book is an enjoyable read but doesnt really say anything new except that he misses God not being around any He is a bit silly about his sex life which will upset his wife

  5. says:

    This is a good example of how a great idea for a book doesn't necessarily translate into a great book The essays on envy and multi lingual loving are the highlights The others are a bit of a slog

  6. says:

    I'm actually not finished because you could never finish the late George Steiner But I am finished reading Zion and I am pleased that it has been included in this compilation one of the books he was not able to write because it means he was not able to solve the problem expressed in Zion and therefore is a human being like the rest of us Per

  7. says:

    The first three chapters are incredible but after that the uality drops dramatically

  8. says:

    Fantastic

  9. says:

    George Steiner the “polymath’s polymath” of “total cultural mastery from the pre Socratics to the postmodern” What does such an individual dream about? One must be curiousEnvy sex linguistics Jewish identity the historiography of Chinese scientism intersectional international educational standards animal love political participation the existence of GodCentral to Steiner and perhaps to the authorial

  10. says:

    In Alberto Manguel's wonderful compendium of libraries The Library at Night he writesWe can imagine the books we'd like to read even if they have not yet been written and we can imagine libraries full of books we would like to possess even if the are well beyond our reach because we enjoy dreaming up a library that reflects every one of ou

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