Beauty Will Save the World: Recovering the Human in an Ideological Age by Gregory Wolfe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I liked this book. I especially liked the chapters on authors and political figures. I think my favorites were Wendell Berry and Russell Kirk, because I was fascinated with them to begin with, but didn't know much. I also liked the section on Flannery O'Connor, because it helped me understand why I can't get comfortable in her stories.
Parts of the book were rough going. Sometimes I had trouble following his arguments. Other times I struggled with my own lack of theoretical literary knowledge. I didn't get some of his terms, but chose to let them fly by rather than looking them up. I did not want to get bogged down with the dictionary.
I liked the autobiographical bits. They made the book more personal and were just plain interesting. I like knowing how a person's experiences have colored his ideas.
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