The Origins of Dislike by Amit Chaudhuri

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December 2018, no. 407
Robert Dessaix reviews 'The Origins of Dislike' by Amit Chaudhuri

The Origins of Dislike

by Amit Chaudhuri

Oxford University Press, $50.95 hb, 333 pp, 9780198793823

The Origins of Dislike by Amit Chaudhuri

Reviewed by
December 2018, no. 407

There is something oddly Jesuitical about this arresting, if not quite thrilling, collection of essays in defence of Modernism (and so modernity). It may be Krishna that Amit Chaudhuri champions, rather than Catholic doctrine, or at least Krishna’s delight in ‘the infinitely tantalizing play, chicanery, and light and shade of the created universe’ (music to a Modernist’s ears, even if our essayist is an atheist), but all the same, I smell casuistry in the service of an orthodoxy. It makes at times for compelling reading.

Robert Dessaix reviews 'The Origins of Dislike' by Amit Chaudhuri

The Origins of Dislike

by Amit Chaudhuri

Oxford University Press, $50.95 hb, 333 pp, 9780198793823

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