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.".."Gentle Regrets", Scruton's wistful, magnanimous, and ineluctably intelligent memoir."- "National Review, "March 27, 2006--Sanford Lakoff

'Gentle Regrets, his memoir, is far more than a collection of fertile ideas: it's the colourful story of a learned man's life and the argued attempt to help other reclaim treasures of mind and soul that are being relegated to the discard bin....Scruton has produced a minor classic, a searching treatment of his own spirit in conflict with the spirit of age.'--Sanford Lakoff

"The record of an extraordinary life" "contains many memorable portraits of Scruton's friends, teachers, inspirations, antagonists "the central teaching of this wise and companionable book is that the acknowledgement of loss is not the end the prelude to the possession of joy"--Sanford Lakoff

a very fine book, brimming with humanity and intelligence--Sanford Lakoff "Literary Review "

."..a penetrating self-examination that is often remorseless and poignant, while presenting what may be the finest contemporary example of one man's resistance to 'personal and social disorders of this age." - "Philosophy Now"

'A practised and elegant writer' The Independent

'The autobiographical musings of a conservative intellectual who refuses to wear his learning lightly.' The Sunday telegraph

'A practised and elegant writer'The Independent

."..a penetrating self-examination that is oftenremorseless and poignant, while presenting what may be the finest contemporaryexample of one man's resistance to 'personal and social disorders of this age."- "Philosophy Now"

Scruton is an English philosopher best known for vigorously defending traditional culture in works like "England: An Elegy" and "The Meaning of Conservatism." His latest book assembles twelve "autobiographical excursions" into a composite account of his intellectual development. In addition to neatly expository essays ("How I Discovered Culture") and a sequence of poems entitled "Miss Hap," the collection includes a reminiscence of the "sleeping cities" of the Eastern bloc and an acute meditation on beauty and religious faith. The blunt wit for which Scruton is known is scarce here, but lyric suits him almost as well as polemic. Such passages as the evocation of a chapel filled with the "soft smell of stone that has grown old in shadow" vividly illuminate the moral import of aesthetic values.

'[A] book of unforgettable reflections on childhood, schooling, music, opera, religion and love...[a] highly personal series of wistful reflections.'--A. N. Wilson, Times Literary Supplement, 18/08/2006 "Times Literary Supplement "

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Sir Roger Scruton is widely seen as one of the greatest conservative thinkers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and a polymath who wrote a wide array of fiction, non-fiction and reviews. He was the author of over fifty books.
A graduate of Jesus College, Cambridge, Scruton was Professor of Aesthetics at Birkbeck College, London; University Professor at Boston University, and a visiting professor at Oxford University. He was one of the founders of the Salisbury Review, contributed regularly to The Spectator, The Times and the Daily Telegraph and was for many years wine critic of the New Statesman. Sir Roger Scruton died in January 2020.


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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Continnuum-3PL; New edition (1 May 2006)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 260 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0826480330
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0826480330
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 1.4 x 21.59 cm
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