Clive James -TLS Books of the Year

Introducing one of the books he has selected for the TLS Books of the Year 2008 list, Clive James, at his most aphoristic, has this to say:

….we need to remember that it is an indulgence to blame civilization for everything that is not civilized. Pascal Bruckner reminds us of that truth in his La Tyrannie de la pénitence, which I read again this year, making notes between my notes. His central message is that while the whole world, including the West, dealt in slaves, only the West came up with the idea of setting them free. 

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