A note I wrote on HCC, which I include in noteform, cuz I think its pretty right on:

It is better to generalize or describe or characterize Lukacs broadly. For this is his method. Reading him closely, leads to confusion, because his generalizations fall apart and his concepts- which cover so much ground- loose their coherence. His sweeping theses covering swaths of phenomena, also get lost when focusing on the minutiae. His strategy is to recap and summarize periodically. To fit these swaths into his categories of totality and the dialectical interplay of object, subject, quantity, quality, form and content. But sometimes you loose perspective—what was this reading of bureaucracy as rationalization referring to? How many types or reification are there?