Official Review: Neo-Stalinism by Irfan Saeed

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Official Review: Neo-Stalinism by Irfan Saeed

Post by Tomah » 26 Sep 2019, 11:50

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Neo-Stalinism" by Irfan Saeed.]
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1 out of 4 stars
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Despite what its title might suggest, Irfan Saeed’s Neo-Stalinism is more preoccupied with religion than communism. The book decries the evils and ignorance of religion, especially Islam, and urges the world to disregard petty differences and unite for the common good. Neo-Stalinism is the author’s form of intellectual warfare against all kinds of oppression.

The author is from Pakistan, a country where blasphemy is a crime. He published his inflammatory book in England, finally able to express himself and speak truth to power. There are twenty chapters in the book, and they're divided into two parts. The first part gives an overview of Saeed’s philosophical perspective, while the second part focuses on critiques of Islam in particular.

To start with the positives, I admire the author’s courage for expressing his viewpoints in opposition to his country and family. He’s also a very well-read person, discussing thinkers like Socrates, Plato, Hobbes, Rousseau, and others. There are many interesting ideas in the book, but their presentation is lacking.

The writing is often confused and disorganized. Poor phrasing coupled with frequent grammatical errors makes for undecipherable passages such as “Consciousness and understanding have their causes in the facts, those which have their roots in their surroundings and are interconnected with each other, at the same time they are always widespread and multi-directional.”

There are many times when the book spends too long elaborating a single point, but there are also times when we skip from topic to topic without rhyme or reason. For example, chapter eleven should be about Islam, but the author suddenly discusses Hinduism at one point. These interruptions and digressions break the flow of the text.

While the book is generally thorough when addressing religion, often citing scripture to back its claims, the same can’t be said about its treatment of communism. The author only ever addresses casual arguments against the governments of Stalin, Mao, and others, failing to convince a reader who doesn’t already agree. It would’ve been better to have a book completely dedicated to religion and another to politics so that each topic could get the proper attention.

Though it has potential as a work of religious critique, Neo-Stalinism lacks the tools to effectively convey its ideas. In its current state, I can’t rate the book higher than 1 out of 4 stars. This is an exhausting read that confuses more than it enlightens.

The book features harsh language, profanities, and mature topics like rape, so I don’t recommend it to younger audiences or religious readers who might be offended. People questioning their faiths, especially if they’re Muslims, might find something of value in this book.

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Post by mmm17 » 03 Oct 2019, 07:45

Wow! I understand your comment about this one being an exhausting read. It does seems challenging. Congrats on a great review!

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Post by Meg98 » 03 Oct 2019, 09:57

This sounds like it is a difficult read. I don't think I would enjoy this at all! Thanks for this great review. Cheers:)
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Post by Tomah » 03 Oct 2019, 10:13

Meg98 wrote:
03 Oct 2019, 09:57
This sounds like it is a difficult read. I don't think I would enjoy this at all! Thanks for this great review. Cheers:)
mmm17 wrote:
03 Oct 2019, 07:45
Wow! I understand your comment about this one being an exhausting read. It does seems challenging. Congrats on a great review!
It was difficult in more ways than one, that's for sure! Thanks for the comments!

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Post by AvidBibliophile » 03 Oct 2019, 13:35

Such an insightful review, appreciate your honesty and the summary given. While I fully agree with the thought that it would do the world good to disregard petty differences and unite for the common good, it's unfortunate this title sometimes presented ideas and beliefs in such a confusingly worded way. Nice job!

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Post by Rachel Lea » 03 Oct 2019, 19:26

It sounds like this book needs to go through another round of editing, at the very least. Thank you for your honest review!
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Post by kandscreeley » 03 Oct 2019, 19:27

This isn't a subject I would read if it was exceptionally written. I absolutely won't read it in its current state. It sounds a bit misleading as well. Thanks for your review, but I'll pass.
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Post by Tomah » 04 Oct 2019, 12:17

Rachel Lea wrote:
03 Oct 2019, 19:26
It sounds like this book needs to go through another round of editing, at the very least. Thank you for your honest review!
kandscreeley wrote:
03 Oct 2019, 19:27
This isn't a subject I would read if it was exceptionally written. I absolutely won't read it in its current state. It sounds a bit misleading as well. Thanks for your review, but I'll pass.
AvidBibliophile wrote:
03 Oct 2019, 13:35
Such an insightful review, appreciate your honesty and the summary given. While I fully agree with the thought that it would do the world good to disregard petty differences and unite for the common good, it's unfortunate this title sometimes presented ideas and beliefs in such a confusingly worded way. Nice job!
Thanks for the comments! The book's subject matter and approach might not suit everyone, but in its current state, I certainly can't recommend it to anyone.

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Post by Katie Canedy » 04 Oct 2019, 23:45

Neo-Stalinism sounds more biased than anything else. Sure, having an opinion is great, but the way about discussing it has to be greatly considered.

I hope that the author does some revising for this book, so more readers will be enlightened instead of exhausted. Thanks for your honest review!
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Post by Tomah » 05 Oct 2019, 12:32

byebye98 wrote:
04 Oct 2019, 23:45
Neo-Stalinism sounds more biased than anything else. Sure, having an opinion is great, but the way about discussing it has to be greatly considered.

I hope that the author does some revising for this book, so more readers will be enlightened instead of exhausted. Thanks for your honest review!
Thanks for the comment! Indeed, the book needs some serious revising.

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Post by kdstrack » 05 Oct 2019, 20:56

Thanks for your insights on this book. I'm sorry it was such a frustrating read!

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Post by Tomah » 06 Oct 2019, 11:48

kdstrack wrote:
05 Oct 2019, 20:56
Thanks for your insights on this book. I'm sorry it was such a frustrating read!
Thanks for the comment! Yes, it definitely wasn't an easy read.

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Post by nana7613 » 07 Oct 2019, 09:54

Thanks for your review. It seems there are too many discrepancies in this book. I commend you on reading it all.

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Post by Tomah » 08 Oct 2019, 13:57

nana7613 wrote:
07 Oct 2019, 09:54
Thanks for your review. It seems there are too many discrepancies in this book. I commend you on reading it all.
Thanks for the comment! I have to admit I did consider quitting, but my determination won out.

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Post by Gaby+LysMom2KB » 10 Oct 2019, 19:49

Wow, Tomah...you definitely had perseverance and determination to read such a book and review it! Congrats to you! lol In its current state, and the way you reviewed it with honesty, I would not read it.

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