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The Enigma of Anger : Essays on a Sometimes Deadly Sin - Garret Keizer

The Enigma of Anger

Essays on a Sometimes Deadly Sin

Paperback Published: 24th May 2004
ISBN: 9780787973100
Number Of Pages: 384

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Rage, resentment, envy, jealousy, and hatred&#8212; these emotions seem to dominate our times. They rule our highways, our workplaces, our homes, and our hearts. <p> In this provocative book of essays, writer Garret Keizer considers anger in all its baffling forms. Poignantly aware of his own temper, and of his ties to a religion that glorifies meekness, the author looks at anger as a paradox in our struggle to remain human in the midst of an infuriating world. Interweaving personal anecdotes, mythological stories, sacred texts, and Keizer's insightful observations, <i>The Enigma of Anger</i> will prove a welcome companion for anyone who has ever wrestled with wrath-or wished to make better use of it.

Industry Reviews

?Given the amount of rage that exists throughout all levels and strata of modern society, The Enigma of Anger couldn?t arrive at a better time.?--Booklist

   ?If you want to consider anger with a congenial (but not comforting) man of God who has sharp eyes and ears, read Keizer?s book.?--Guy Davenport, Harper?s Magazine

 ?A passionate and profound meditation on the nature of a greatly maligned emotion.  This is a splendid book.?--Ron Hansen, author, Hitler?s Niece

 ?The Enigma of Anger is a thoughtful, principled, and honest interrogation of a disquieting subject. . . . The result is useful and humane.?--Phillip Lopate, author, Portrait of My Body

 ?This book is clearly a masterpiece.?--Noel Perrin, author, Giving Up the Gun: Japan?s Reversion to the     Sword, 1543-1879

 ?There is enough edgi ness in this book on anger to convince you that Garret Keizer knows what he is talking about; there is also enough grace to make you think about anger?both human and divine?in a whole new way.?--Barbara Brown Taylor, author, When God Is Silent

?A timely book about the uses?good and otherwise?of anger and about what it truly means to be human, by one of the finest and most courageous writers at work in America today.? --Howard Frank Mosher, author, The True Account

Preface xi


Where I Come From 5

The Wrath of God 15

Christ the Tiger 25

The Deadly Sin 39

Even in the Desert 55


Anger as Mentality 69

Anger as Fear 81

Anger as Privilege 97

Anger as Grief 111

Anger as Grace 125


The Chronic Angers of the House 137

Angry Men: Agamemnon and Saul, Michael Henchard and Wade Ward 149

Angry Women: Clytemnestra and Boudica, Medea and Sethe 167

Anger and Children 185

Domestic Revolution 197


They That Are Sick 211

Passion Plays 225

Forgiveness 237

Loving the Enemy 251

Anger at God 267


Work 283

Words 301

Venturing Out 317

Napoleon's Test 331

Someday You Will 351

The Author 363

ISBN: 9780787973100
ISBN-10: 0787973106
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 24th May 2004
Publisher: JOSSEY BASS
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.9  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition