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John Gray’s great tour-guide of ideas: from the Garden of Eden to secret rendition

In a review of The Soul of the Marionette Tibor Fischer celebrates the vast scope of John Gray’s reading

7 March 2015

9:00 AM

7 March 2015

9:00 AM

The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Enquiry into Human Freedom John Gray

Allen Lane, pp.179, £17.99, ISBN: 9781846144493

You can’t accuse John Gray of dodging the big questions, or indeed the big answers. His new book The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Enquiry into Human Freedom isn’t really that short and certainly isn’t confined to a reflection on human freedom. As a reviewer you’re often faced with books that are so bereft of content, so painfully thin that they’re transparent, and you wonder why anyone would publish them.

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