SEEDS OF HOPE IN THE MODERN WORLD by Barry Ulanov

SEEDS OF HOPE IN THE MODERN WORLD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The concern of analysts of our times is to understand why we act the way we do. And the more complicated life becomes the more involved are the analyses. Barry Ulanov, a glib and knowledgeable observer of the human race, here takes his turn at concluding what is wrong with a world so unwilling to speak from the couch. Ulanov sees modern man as afraid of himself and especially of annihilating the human spirit, and introduces the reader to the ""meditations"" of modern day scientists, scholars and artists. These meditations have, in effect, brought them to a realization of the mystery that is always at the end of their investigations. He sees everything being done today as wedded to ""the process"". He sees artists, architects, writers, philosophers and scientists as ""process servers"" who observe, probe, but do not conclude. Kafka, Woolf, Proust, Mann and Joyce are termed myth-makers of our times. Stimulating at times, Ulanov's meditation on the state of the human race tries to say too much too quickly. In doing so the author leaves much unsaid and incomplete. However, Seeds Of Hope In the Modern World will be welcomed by those who have wanted at some time to be exposed to the adventurous reflections on this complex and vital subject by an accomplished observer who can presume they have the background to appreciate what is being said.

Pub Date: April 20th, 1962
Publisher: Kenedy