Lee Randall, The Scotsman
, May 21, 2008
Easy, frequent laughter and juddering sentences born of difficult births aren't what I'm expecting from Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine
, a deeply upsetting book that novelist John Le Carré has called "impassioned, hugely informative, wonderfully controversial, and scary as hell".
Klein, a 38-year-old Canadian journalist, author and film-maker based in Toronto, came to our attention in 2000 with No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies
, an international bestseller attacking the globalisation movement.
She's been called a combative theorist and a polemicist, and while insisting it's not her intention, she polarises people like no one else. Reviews praise her to the skies – one called Shock Doctrine "lucid, calm, impeccably researched, gorgeously readable" – or denigrate her as a confused leftie with weak arguments. Thus I'm warily expecting a lecture, and disarmed by the mixture of strength and sweetness that Klein evinces during our conversation.