Shock of Recognition
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More About This Title Shock of Recognition
"How much time do I have left? A hundred days? A thousand? If I knew I was going to die next week but could be taken to see The Marriage of Figaro tonight, would I go? Absolutely." In a long and generously lived life, Barry Jones has been on an endless quest to share the extraordinary and the beautiful, to encourage the pursuit of an abundant life of reading and listening. Following the publication of A Thinking Reed, he was staggered by the response to his lists of the great works that have had the most profound effect on his life and thinking. Here he expands on those lists to write about the literature and the music that have inspired him. With no claims to objectivity, he urges us to take the plunge, to rattle the bars of the cage, and expose ourselves to the music of Hildegard of Bingen, Johann Sebastian Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, Mahler, Ravel and Stravinsky, as well as the writings of Homer, Dante, Chaucer, Montaigne, Cervantes, Shakespeare, Sterne, Tolstoy, Proust, Joyce, and Beckett among many more. Eagerly awaited by his many followers, The Shock of Recognition is a deeply considered, richly rewarding and often very funny journey of the mind.
Barry Jones is a writer, broadcaster, and former Labor member of both the Victorian and Federal parliaments. Australia's longest serving Science Minister (1983-90), he served as National President of the Australian Labor Party from 1992 to 2000 and again in 2005-06. He was also a member of the Executive Board of UNESCO in Paris (1991-95), Vice-President of the World Heritage Committee (1995-96) and a consultant for the OECD. Foundation Chair of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, a board member of CARE Australia for 20 years, for a decade he chaired both the Port Arthur Historic Site and Vision 2020 Australia. He was awarded an AC in 2014.