Monday, July 26, 2021

Review of The Interrogative Mood by Padgett Powell

This review was written by Eugene Kernes

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Genre = Philosophy

Short Description

“If I say to you that in my view all people fall into two camps, those fundamentally afraid of things and those fundamentally not afraid of things, would you think me radically overstating or oversimplifying?” – Padgett Powell, Page 46

“Does integrity le in failure?” – Padgett Powell, Page 49

“When people elect no to speak to you, should you not speak to them or deliberately continue to speak to them?  If you elect to continue speaking to those not speaking to you, should the motivation be to pique them or to repair relations” – Padgett Powell, Page 80

Quotes with permission from publisher

Elaborate Description
Every sentence in this book ends with a question mark.  With questions abound, on topics trivial and important, the reader cannot help but consider them.  The questions are very thought provoking.  They range from a variety of topics, and sometimes go into more detail.  What matters is how the reader engages with the questions.  Either by looking up the unknown references, or by considering the personal implications of the question.  Some questions are better put than others, highlighting that the way in which questions are raised, determine how they are engaged with.  As seemingly simple questions, can have very complex answers.  For the questions prompt thoughts which are a reflection on the readers mindset.  

The problem with this book is that the questions are seemingly random.  Some questions go together or dig deeper, but most are not related to others.  That makes this book harder to read, as the reader needs to stop at every question to consider the implication.  But that might have been the purpose of the book, and can be enjoyed.  Maybe if the book was edited to containing sections about related questions would have improved the book, or taken away its value.  The book is a novel way to provoke thinking about oneself.  

Questions to Consider while Reading the Book
•What is the raison d’etre of the book?  For what purpose did the author write the book?
•Can you make connections within the questions?
•What do you think of the way the questions come about?
•Do the questions make sense?
•What do you think of the questioning format of the book? 

Book Details
Edition ISBN:  9780061859434
Pages to read:   164
Publication:     2010
1st Edition:      2009
Format:           Paperback

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    4
Content          2
Overall           3