The Way of All Flesh by Midas Dekkers
The Romance of Ruins

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From time to time, it all goes too far. A natural autumn-lover, Mr Dekkers hates the spring...There is a lot of wanton provocation. But, behind all this, there are serious and thoughtful arguments.
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A wonderfully witty, erudite, and insightful book about the way "things fall apart" -- about the inevitable ruin of everything from bodies and works of art to ideals and whole societies

In The Way of All Flesh Midas Dekkers argues that things are at their most beautiful when they decay, provided they are given the chance. Old buildings are usually pulled down or restored. Aging people desperately try to act and look young, becuase novelty, youth and beauty are equated in our minds with what is desirable. Only mankind is bothered by the realization that "life is a way of dying slowly." By ignoring or evading the lure of decay, which has its own attractions, are we simply trying to escape from the truth?

With the idiosycratic erudition of the european intellectual -- Roberto Calasso
and Umberto Eco come to mind -- Dekkers stresses that our aversion to decay and mortality makes our lives shallow. This is the meditative essay as written by Fellini; Dekkers that ancient Rome's days of decline were its finest, and The Way of All Flesh is a profound and entertaining meditation on what it means to outlive one's usefulness, when the wheel of fortune has gone full circle.
 

About Midas Dekkers

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Midas Dekkers was born in 1946 in Haarlem, the Netherland's and is his country's most popular writer-biologist. He is also the author of Dear Pet: On Beastiality
 
Published January 1, 2000 by London Harvill Press. 256 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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on Sep 28 2000

From time to time, it all goes too far. A natural autumn-lover, Mr Dekkers hates the spring...There is a lot of wanton provocation. But, behind all this, there are serious and thoughtful arguments.

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