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Shelves: non-fiction Though its not necessary to read the whole book, the introduction and opening chapters provide a good characterization of my generation and my social class.
Brooks describes todays new upper classthe BobosBourgeois Bohemians. Though he presents a general historical overview and plenty of descriptive examples, his sweeping generalizations can sometimes be more a matter of prose style than subbutstance.
His descriptions are entertaining and informative, and he does intersperse some key bibliography and references throughout his book. Though some may celebrate that we can now be cultured and artistic, and have our money too, it appears to me that this marriage between bourgeois and bohemian as but another step towards the complete commercialization of thought, the disappearance of a grander vision and hope , and the loss of authenticity and anything real.
I think the review would end up being as long as the book. I will try to hit the main points of my impressions without going on for too long though. My first thought is that Brooks description of bobo bohemian and bourgeoisie culture and behavior is highly entertaining and right on target. The other day I went into a department store and saw a new style of plates and glassware that were definitively bohemian. I asked a clerk if they had been selling and he gave me an emphatic negative answer, which I found amusing.
My only wish is that he referenced his sources for the small bits of information so I could go back and read those references myself.
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