If you believe the subject of cadavers should be treated somberly under all circumstances, you'll want to take a pass on this one. If, on the other hand, you have an irreverent sense of humor and believe that there some sort of humor in almost every slice of life (and death), then you're going to love this book. Informative, well-written, witty, and done in a mostly tasteful way (it is about cadavers after all), Stiff is a fresh book that explores a topic and a world that most of us never glimpse.
There are some truly important and different ideas in this book about managing your career and managing a company. All tied together, however, those moments account for only about an hour of this book. The rest comes across as a self-congratulatory ode to Jack Welch and GE. It gets more than a little old in a hurry.
This was my first crack at Aristotle and it may just be my last. He is not the most accessible of philosophers. Unfortunately, we don't have any of Aristotle's original writings; what we have amounts to transcribed lecture notes and they just don't translate well into prose.
To make matters worse, the reader takes impossibly dry material and manages to wring even more moisture from it, turning it into a something of an eleven hour audio death march.
If you're looking for a first foray into classic philosophy, start with Plato.
Having a distaste for hyperbole, I'll try to avoid it, but this book is a bit of a wonder. The tale of Middlesex begins in a small village in Greece in 1922 and ends in present day Detroit, covers three generations of a quirky Greek family, is narrated by a hermaphrodite and carries it off wonderfully. It explores amazingly disquieting territory and makes the whole ride fun. You finish the book completely satisfied and sad that it's done.
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