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Author: Christopher Hitchens
ISBN13: 978-0446568968
Title: Hitch-22, A Memoir
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Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 31, 2012)
Pages: 520

Hitch-22, A Memoir by Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir. A poet's work is to name the unnamable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world and stop it from going to sleep. There are just a handful of people I've never met, but who I miss every day since their death : 1. I try to deny myself any illusions or delusions, and I think that this perhaps entitles me to try and deny the same to others, at least as long as they refuse to keep their fantasies to themselves. Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir.

In Memoir, Christopher Hitchens Looks Back. By DWIGHT GARNER JUNE 1, 2010. Hitch-22 traces Mr. Hitchens’s coming of age as a public intellectual and as a man, and charts the long and serrated arc of his thinking about politics, from his early days as a militant member of the International Socialists to his gradual drift toward positions, like his support for the Iraq War, that have made some on the left scratch their. Whatever the opposite of that book is, Mr. Hitchens has written it. HITCH-22. By Christopher Hitchens.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. 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 . 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.

Hitch - 22: A Memoir. Topics Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22. Christopher Hitchens reads from his book Hitch-22: A Memoir. Identifier Hitch-22AMemoir.

I consider Runciman no slouch, although privately wondered how it could be possible that Hitchens could produce an unlikeable book

Hitch-22 is a 420-page apologia pro vita sua in which the personal and the political are constantly entwined. The early chapters offer wonderful evocations of his parents. His adored mother, Yvonne, served as a Wren in the war and met his father Eric, a naval Commander, in 1945. This section forms the emotional heart of a mostly unemotional book. We hear nothing of love affairs, of personal epiphanies, issues of self-esteem or intellectual inadequacy. Instead we get Hitchens the radical action man, selling Socialist Worker and spray-painting pro-Vietcong graffiti by day, debating at the Oxford Union by night and discovering the joys of donnish indulgence. Taken up by dazzled left-wing history dons, he found he could invite heavyweight thinkers (such as Isaiah Berlin) to speak at the Labour Club and inspect them at close quarters.

Hitch-22, A Memoir by Christopher Hitchens is a short and intellectual piece
Reviews: 7
Whether you agree with Christopher Hitchen's point(s) of view or not, there should be no qualms about his exceptional writing ability. Hitches is an extremely skilled writer; whether he writes in a serious tone, a sardonic one, or a melancholic one; he is a wizard at crafting sentences. He can manage to put even the most words to requisite use. Although I may never see many of the words he used in future texts, I nevertheless spent a good deal of time putting the words I didn't know into the Merriam Webster dictionary search bar on my iphone. His written vocabulary allows us readers to see and really get an idea of things that he speaks about in details, and this ties into my next point: To read Hitchen's memoir is to get a sense of how full and complete life can be. There is no doubt the man had an extraordinary ability learn, but is yet impressive how well-utilized it was. Hitchen's rich life experiences and great writing make this book a very good read, and even an inspiration.
I can best liken Hitch-22 to a 12- hour cab ride with an insanely erudite driver. A free-ranging, insatiable intellect bouyed by wit, even when one doesn't agree with him. I especially appreciated Hitchens' refusal to swallow orthodoxy whole, to identify threats ignored, or worse, excused by the terminally politically correct. Either Hitchens was deliberately discrete -the better part of valor-about the women in his life, or Martin Amis was the (brotherly ) love of his life.Read, learn, love, experience, he fairly shouts, but think for, and be, yourself. In an odd way, he is, or was -- a word that rankles when applied to someone so alive and still needed -- an obverse version of Winston Churchill. An English archetype, and a bloody good one.
Christopher Hitchens used to emphasize his love of irony. Reading through the new preface, which was written after his cancer diagnosis, it all feels ironic -- but perhaps a better fitting word is tragic.

The book’s initial pages reflect a powerful introspection regarding death, dying, and the glee of mortality -- even before his diagnosis. It’s clear that Hitchens simply wanted to pack as many years into whatever life he had. With that goal in mind, it seems he succeeded.

His prose offers a glimpse into a genius writer. I’m not sure I’ve ever read more eloquent words. Hitchens’ memoir shows a grace for others, contempt for banality, and a self-effacing eloquence. At times, the memoir reads like a collection of markers, keystones, and memorials. His name dropping is sort of frustrating, as a young reader/writer -- unexposed to this culture. But it also provides inspiration for further reading. The network and milieu that Hitchens built was legendary; it included everyone from Ian McEwan to Salman Rushdie to Martin Amis.

Christopher appears to acknowledge much of his upbringing, and the inherent class that Yvonne (his mother) insisted on the family. From his preference for a full name “Christopher” -- not “Chris” -- to the formality in speech, class was a resounding focal point in his development.

There were two points of contention for me. First, Hitchens barely mentioned his intimate relationships or children. It’s unclear to me how such a great writer could unconsciously pass this up. This leads me to believe the Hitchens consciously avoided the topic of his descendants and relationships. Why? One can only imagine now. Second, Hitchens embraced America as the "land of opportunity" and emigrated from the United Kingdom. While he talks about the issues of immigration to America, with a nod to those less fortunate, I found that he was rather absent on the acknowledgement of powerful economic inequalities and racial tensions that are very present in the U.S.

Those tidbits aside, this is a masterpiece. I miss Hitchens’ writing dearly, and will certainly return to this memoir at a later date.
Well, folks, eventually one comes to realize that anything/everything Hitch said and/or wrote is worth our time to notice. Whether in agreement with him or not, his view on any subject is informative, presented in a most entertaining, non-offensive manner, and worth consideration. Read and enjoy "Hitch 22, A Memoir." As Hitch stated during a debate, "Language is my business; it's the only thing I care about"--and he is a master of the English language, for sure, and a pure delight to read.

Hitch begins this memoir with a chapter focusing on his mother. I think an in-depth study of the relationship between Hitch and his mother would help us to know and understand him on a much more intimate level, she having been at the center of his life. Interestingly, although there is a chapter wherein Hitch reflects on his father, the "Commander," his brother Peter is only briefly mentioned a couple of times, likewise Hitch's children; Carol Blue, second wife (and now surviving widow) is granted only three or four sentences of recognition throughout and then not to her own personal merit. Yet, Hitch finds space to devote entire chapters to friends Martin and Salman.
Hitch really liked to make money! For a Trotsky/ liberal socialist. ... Who preferred living in America. He often interjected into his public performances: " (This, my book) "Available at fine books stores near you." "Shameless profiteer that he was!
But a great entertainer.
And this, relatively shallow work is more of the same. Hitch was not a profound thinker or well educated reasoner. (A Third at Oxford). But he was an astute debater and polemicist who (almost) always won the popular vote in any debate he tended to dominate. Which meant any debate he participated in. And, as a journalist, clearly cared about his prose and the efficient loveliness of the English language. He's gone now. But his memoir offers a nice reminder of what we now miss.