Tango is the world’s most passionate dance. To the true tanguero, it is more than a dance, being akin to religion, attracting the lost, the lonely and the fanatical, with its formal rituals, sense of belonging and intensity of emotions.
The Selfish Society opens with an arresting quote from poet Adrienne Rich: ‘In those years, people will say, we lost track/of the meaning of we, of you/we found ourselves/reduced to I’. She proceeds to explore territory revived by books such as Oliver James’s Affluenza, rallying against the rise of consumerism, an increasingly fascinating area when considered in the light of the recent rioting that took place in the UK.
An area widely explored by books such as Abbot Christopher Jamison’s Finding Sanctuary, Anglican priest Adam Ford’s approaches for quelling the hubbub of modern life by seeking silence are various and eclectic.
In a time of rising food prices and shrinking economies, a change of perspective in how we see the world around us is very timely
Despite being quite a tome, this book is surprisingly accessible and perfect for curling up with in front of the fire. It presents a new perspective on the past and is, essentially, a back-to-front history lesson – a rare experience in itself. Each chapter begins in the present day and reverses back through time to unravel a tangle of trials by tribe and ducal duels