The eminent David Pryce-Jones has a brief review of Dalrymple’s next book “The New Vichy Syndrome” on his blog at National Review Online, saying at one point:
There’s no one quite like him. He’s been a doctor and worked in prisons, really coming to grips with the lower depths. Although he reports terrible things, and sometimes has a little gleam of I-told-you-so when reporting something even more terrible than what’s gone before, he refuses to abandon his humane instincts and a belief that it’s worth fighting for civilization even if the cause looks lost.
Pryce-Jones has written about Dalrymple before, stating in a 2006 review of “Our Culture, What’s Left Of It” that “I have no hesitation mentioning [Dalrymple and Orwell] in the same breath.” I’ve always thought it interesting – heartening, I suppose – to hear this praise from a 70-something, Eton-educated member of British aristocracy, directed at the son of immigrants of humble circumstances.