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by Florence King


With Charity Toward None. I know the feeling well, but it is not misanthropy in the strict sense. It is what comes over a touring writer who is too tired to hate

With Charity Toward None. From The American Heritage Dictionary: "misanthrope also misanthropist n. A person who hates or scorns mankind. It is what comes over a touring writer who is too tired to hate. Kafka's whole life was a book tour, which is another way of saying that he was temporarily haunted on a permanent basis. It takes energy to be a misanthrope but Kafka was so overwhelmed by people that he had no strength left to hate them.

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How can a book about misanthropy be joyful and life-affirming? Because Florence lets you know you're not alone. It can be pretty discouraging when everyone you know wants you to smile and be optimistic at all costs. Florence's devastations of the incompetent are the very definition of "catharsis. Mencken, whereever he is, must be green with envy.

With Charity Toward None: A Fond Look at Misanthropy. New York: St. ISBN 978-0-312-07124-0.

The unreconstructed people-hater offers her piece de resistance: a guided tour of the misanthropic life, and an inspirational handbook for Americans grown tired of "goo-goo humanitarianism and sensitivity that never sleeps. The only trouble with this book is that its covers are too close together. Categories: Other Social Sciences\Philosophy: Critical Thinking.

It gets so concentrated that it looks like she just loves to write about people. To echo her snap definitions of a real misanthrope in the book, I daresay: A real misanthrope doesn’t like literature, and Florence King isn’t one. A related problem is that the content (chosen examples of people, events, et. is too American. Combined with the first problem I mentioned, the book gets completely uninteresting or even incomprehensible on many pages, if you’re not someone who’s familiar with all those very specific names and events from American culture. King definitely hasn’t envisioned an international audience.

The only trouble with this book is that its covers are too close together.

With Charity Toward None: A Fond Look At Misanthropy - The unreconstructed people-hater offers her piece de resistance: a guided tour of the misanthropic life, and an inspirational handbook for Americans grown tired of "goo-goo humanitarianism . Manufacturer: St. Martin's Griffin Release date: 15 March 1993 ISBN-10 : 0312094140 ISBN-13: 9780312094140. add. Separate tags with commas, spaces are allowed.

A humorous look at the misanthropic life discusses famous misanthropes ranging from Rousseau to Richard Nixon

With Charity Toward None: A Fond Look at Misanthropy epub download

ISBN13: 978-0312071240

ISBN: 0312071248

Author: Florence King

Category: Entertainment

Subcategory: Humor

Language: English

Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st edition (February 1, 1992)

Pages: 194 pages

ePUB size: 1934 kb

FB2 size: 1589 kb

Rating: 4.9

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Wanenai
Florence King's frame of reference for this book is American popular/political culture of the early 1990s. Perhaps the environment hasn't changed much since then, or else King has picked only the most enduring elements to pillory: either way, the reader comes away with no sense of this material being dated. The book is consistently readable, it contains passages that are laugh-out-loud humorous, and there are insights worth considering after a reading session is over. Best of all, despite the title and King's assertions to the contrary, her writing is good-natured and exposes malice toward none, except perhaps for a few of her greatest exemplars of the misanthropic persona.
Wanenai
Florence King's frame of reference for this book is American popular/political culture of the early 1990s. Perhaps the environment hasn't changed much since then, or else King has picked only the most enduring elements to pillory: either way, the reader comes away with no sense of this material being dated. The book is consistently readable, it contains passages that are laugh-out-loud humorous, and there are insights worth considering after a reading session is over. Best of all, despite the title and King's assertions to the contrary, her writing is good-natured and exposes malice toward none, except perhaps for a few of her greatest exemplars of the misanthropic persona.
Mullador
It's a biting commentary on society, politics, human nature. I am a longtime fan of Flo King's wit, wisdom, and sharp tongue.
Mullador
It's a biting commentary on society, politics, human nature. I am a longtime fan of Flo King's wit, wisdom, and sharp tongue.
Mr.Death
This text is a showcase of various kinds of misanthropes throughout history. It is obvious that Ms. King has thoroughly researched her subject and is an expert on "people haters."
Mr.Death
This text is a showcase of various kinds of misanthropes throughout history. It is obvious that Ms. King has thoroughly researched her subject and is an expert on "people haters."
Nalmetus
Pleased with book.
Nalmetus
Pleased with book.
Mr.Savik
One of my favorite contemporary non-fiction writer.
Mr.Savik
One of my favorite contemporary non-fiction writer.
Fordrelis
Amazing eloquent and funny
Fordrelis
Amazing eloquent and funny
Gavikelv
Very much enjoyed King's perpective (as I do with all of her works I have read). It is a fast enjoyable read and lets those of us who actually do like a 'few' people get a glimpse of what it is like from the other side.
Gavikelv
Very much enjoyed King's perpective (as I do with all of her works I have read). It is a fast enjoyable read and lets those of us who actually do like a 'few' people get a glimpse of what it is like from the other side.
Someone once said that if you want to be popular with people, you should say what they already believe, and say it well.

King is saying what I already believe, but the book is more empty handed than heavy handed, and most of the pages and chapters are filled with examples of the central idea or examples of people (King is, to be fair, elegantly perceptive.)

The central idea could have been well presented in a mere three pages, so one presumes the rest is a misguided and ultimately failing attempt at entertainment value.

When I encounter a book that fails to impress, I toss it in the library's bin and let them sell it or stock it.

This book I chucked in the trash lest someone else be drawn in by the delightful title and allusions to Dorothy Parker-esque and waste their own time. Apparently, even I am not such a misanthrope to eschew that last act of charity.
Someone once said that if you want to be popular with people, you should say what they already believe, and say it well.

King is saying what I already believe, but the book is more empty handed than heavy handed, and most of the pages and chapters are filled with examples of the central idea or examples of people (King is, to be fair, elegantly perceptive.)

The central idea could have been well presented in a mere three pages, so one presumes the rest is a misguided and ultimately failing attempt at entertainment value.

When I encounter a book that fails to impress, I toss it in the library's bin and let them sell it or stock it.

This book I chucked in the trash lest someone else be drawn in by the delightful title and allusions to Dorothy Parker-esque and waste their own time. Apparently, even I am not such a misanthrope to eschew that last act of charity.