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Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Apr 20, J. This is a well-meaning but, in the end, poorly crafted, poorly constructed, and poorly organized book. Well-meaning because the goal here, to flesh out the possible continuities linking disparate traditions of machine breaking, Romantic anti-technological kind of literature, transcendentalism, Thoreau and his ilk, the environmental movement, and some other random stuff, is a really good one. Unfortunately, the incredibly tenuous and weak linkages forged here are just that and actually dent the This is a well-meaning but, in the end, poorly crafted, poorly constructed, and poorly organized book.
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Unfortunately, the incredibly tenuous and weak linkages forged here are just that and actually dent the argument more than anything else. The bits on the Luddites are good, if merely derivative from other works, and the examination of Wordsworth, Blake, Shelley, and other writers of the time and their involvement, subtle or not, in these events, is great.
The whole thing falls to pieces after that. We are treated to half-hearted attempts to link Dickens, the Arts and Crafts movement, John Muir, and the beginnings of the American environmental movement, all tepidly and vaguely strung together as representing a Luddite strain of thought over the last couple of centuries. It is barely convincing.
Taken alone, the chapters might make interesting windows onto a sort of agrarian or natural counter-culture, but DH Lawrence as a neo-Luddite might be stretching things a bit. Remarkable are the omissions. Wells and other dystopian writers warning of the dangers of over-reliance on technology are largely left to oblivion.
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