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The Force of Reason by Oriana Fallaci

The Force of Reason (original 2004; edition 2006)

by Oriana Fallaci

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Oriana Fallaci is back with her much-anticipated follow up to The Rage and the Pride, her powerful post-September 11 manifesto. The genesis for The Force of Reason was a postscript entitled Due Anni Dopo (Two Years Later), which was intended as a brief appendix to the thirtieth edition of The Rage and the Pride (2002). Once Ms. Fallaci completed the postscript, she chose to expand it into a book, a continuation of her ideas set in motion in The Rage and the Pride.In The Force of Reason Fallaci takes aim at the many attacks and death threats she received after the publication of The Rage and the Pride. Ms. Fallaci begins by identifying herself with one Master Cecco, the author of a heretical book who was burnt at the stake during the Inquisition seven centuries ago on account of his beliefs, and proceeds with a rigorous analysis of the burning of Troy and the creation of a Europe that, to her judgment, is no longer her familiar homeland but rather a place best called Eurabia, a soon-to-be colony of Islam (with Italy as its stronghold). Ms. Fallaci explores her ideas in historical, philosophical, moral, and political terms, courageously addressing taboo topics with sharp logic.… (more)
Title:The Force of Reason
Authors:Oriana Fallaci
Info:Rizzoli (2006), Hardcover
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Stavolta non mi appello alla rabbia, all’orgoglio, alla passione. Mi appello alla ragione. ...” non mi sembra proprio! Il libro mi pare una raccolta di piccoli fatti isolati, espressi con una violenza ed un odio esagerati, che possono anche essere orribili e deprecabili (in pochi credo che potrebbero considerarli altrimenti) ma che non possono essere attribuiti a milioni di musulmani, integralisti e moderati. Detesto ogni forma di assolutismo fanatico, che riguardi superstizioni, religioni e fra queste le intransigenze dell’Islam integralista (ormai il cristianesimo in occidente si è ridotto “soltanto” a ingerenze politiche), ma la Fallaci mi sembra entrare “con tutti e due i piedi” in una delle tante forme di assolutismo aggressivo, violento ed impositivo. Preferisco lei ai mostri che descrive nel libro, ma spero di non dover mai essere costretto a dover scegliere tra queste facce della stessa medaglia. Propongo come antidoto la lettura di “Contro il fanatismo” di Amos Oz. ( )
  SergioPerkunas | Apr 10, 2013 |
How symbolic is it that Oriana Fallaci, Italian journalist and author, passed away on the same week that Pope Benedict made his remarks about Islam, sparking the fury of Muslims worldwide and forcing him to make several public apologies to soothe the "hurt feelings" of the world's second-biggest religion.

Fallaci made her reputation in the 70s and 80s as a no-nonsense journalist who interviewed the world's leaders and put them on the spot time and again. In recent years she made headlines mostly as a result of her tireless tirades against the Islamisation of Europe (or "Eurabia" in her words). I recently read her last book "La Forza della Ragione" ("The Force of Reason"), which is a follow-up to her post-9/11 book "The Rage and the Pride". In "Reason", Fallaci tells the readers about the numerous death threats she received as a result of her comments in the first book. She identifies herself with Master Cecco, who was put to the stake by the Inquisition on account of his beliefs and heretical writings. Fallaci writes with passion but does not allow this passion to shadow the "force of reason" when examining the trends in her homeland. She writes in the first person, often addressing the reader directly, and I found her Italian to be fascinating and rich.

By now Pope Benedict and the Vatican msut have apologised perhaps seven times for daring to quote some obscure Byzantine emperor's views about the violent nature of Islam. I wonder how many of the offended Muslims, who attacked Christians and burnt down churches, paused to think how by their actions they are proving the accuracy of the Byzantine emperor's observations...

An appropriate epilogue to this post is this link to an article by Sam Harris in the LA Times this week. As Harris puts it, "a cult of death is forming in the Muslim world". Five years after 9/11, the Al Qaeda attack on the US is sadly proving to be only a prelude to the real war still ahead of us all. ( )
3 vote ashergabbay | Aug 19, 2008 |
Spectacularly written. This book is a must read for all those confused by why western civilization is the target of Islam. This book exposes not radical islam but true islam. ( )
3 vote StrokeBoy | Jun 24, 2008 |
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