By Christopher Hitchens
Christopher Hitchens used to be identified for his erudition and pitch-perfect, repeatedly argumentative prose, and during this new choice of essays that span his storied occupation, he's no varied. No topic is secure: Bosnia, Norman Mailer, Helen Mirren, Hitler--and definite, invoice and Hillary Clinton.
Lively and clever, indignant and considerate, and an ideal spouse to his bestselling Arguably, And but, And but is vintage Christopher Hitchens. it is going to satisfaction fanatics and critics alike.
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They shall think that we are already gone . . Right then and there, we shall tell them: “The heart of a person floats off on water that is unseen, swift. There, do you see it? ” 42 11. THE DREAM The Prodigal Son is having a dream, Lying on his deathbed, he dreams he is leaving home. He wears cheerful garments, and his great-grandfather’s ring. His brother leads out his horse. Early in the morning, it can be so fine: the blast of horns and strings from the rear, ahead, the playing is better still.
This is a poor consolation, and an amusement that offends the earth. Better you should speak and think to yourself: what glitters white on the greening slope? On the green slope the orchards play and go down to the water’s edge, like little lambs with golden bells. White lambs on the greening slope. But death will come, asking no one. 27 8. THE ARGUMENT Have I not lived on this earth a long time? Adding it up, out loud, is enough to cause fear. Yet even now the heart loves not itself. It paces, a prisoner in its cell— but what it doesn’t see in that window!
Perhaps even you may someday remember me, while I shall forget you completely. I shall appear then silently, as the unliving come quietly to the living, and I shall say that I know something that you will never learn. And then I will kiss your hand, as servants kiss their masters. 23 4. CHILDHOOD I remember early childhood, and a dream in a bed of gold. A dream? Or perhaps truth: someone sees me, someone comes in quickly from the garden and stands there, smiling. “The world,” he says, “is a desert.
And Yet ...: Essays by Christopher Hitchens