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This is (perhaps) the hardest book I have ever read; not because Foucault's style tends to preface any declaration with multiple negations, not because his sentences wander through these negation lists with commas that should be semi-colons, not because semi-colons aren't any more useful than commas anyway, nor because some sentences are so long they occupy two paragraphs, nor is it even possible to discern a declarative sentence within the voluminous verbiage (sometimes interrupted by parenthetical remarks), the incidences of which are there but hidden within a discourse that underlies an epistemic relationship with other propositions, declarations, thoughts, "objects of discourse", that are, along the way, defined not once or twice, (or even thrice), but because the reward of finding such declarative propositions, even when intertextually linked with other propositions, is considerable.
Having said that, this is an important book if you wish to understand what Foucault means when he and other authors (especially those that have read this) say "discursive formation." It's a difficult concept, one often used inappropriately (although that never stopped anyone). But the notion that discourses can maintain relations with each other implies that words have agency and that human beings are simply a means for words to get things done.
So read this. Bring a highlighter and use it when you find a declarative sentence (which might not all be in one place). I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
 

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