A long book, this time. Alas, length does not translate to quality.
This one clearly riffs of the Song of Solomon from the Bible, among other sources. Those other sources are hard to identify, but it does seem like the works of James Taylor were among them. Along with several less talented lyricists. And much like the Song of Solomon, its inclusion makes little sense thematically or artistically.
I’m beginning to wonder if Grayling’s actual purpose in writing this wasn’t to point out how awful the Bible is as a piee of writing and a source of wisdom, simply by creating a secular version that replicates the vast majority of the same flaws.