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Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There

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Bobos In Paradise: A New and Funny Commentary

Bobos in Paradise is an amusing commentary on the new, younger upper class. This book is even more funny if you live in a liberal city or area where these mini essays are proven true. All of Brooks minor inspections on these people are accurate and quirky. I live in San...
Bobos in Paradise is an amusing commentary on the new, younger upper class. This book is even more funny if you live in a liberal city or area where these mini essays are proven true. All of Brooks minor inspections on these people are accurate and quirky. I live in Santa Monica, CA and I live side-by-side with what I used to call yuppies but now I see them more as Bobos. These parents of my friends drive the newest hybrid vehicle, go to exotic places like Bali and Croatia for "spiritual enlightening." Brooks does not neglect any aspect of the "new upper class." He writes about how they are different from the older, more traditional affluent people. He explains how they run their businesses in a new way and what they consider appropriate to do during free time. This book gives a true insight on bourgeois bohemians.

posted by Jess_Hutch on December 3, 2008

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Entertaining, but fantasy or fact?

'Bobos in Paradise' starts out at an exciting pace that would seem to draw all readers to the appeal of Brooks' portrayal of the new ascendant ruling class. BoBos, formed by a combination of good schooling, high salaries, and beliefs without conviction, have supplanted...
'Bobos in Paradise' starts out at an exciting pace that would seem to draw all readers to the appeal of Brooks' portrayal of the new ascendant ruling class. BoBos, formed by a combination of good schooling, high salaries, and beliefs without conviction, have supplanted the traditional stuffy image of the wealthy and have even taken over their neighborhoods with their muddy Rovers. Brooks' analysis of this new class is an entertaining and easy read but leaves the reader thinking, 'Is this guy for real?' BoBos are experts in everything but are actually mere dilettantes without strong beliefs or values -- except for amassing sums of wealth. The emergent class, sadly, is thus composed of typical Americans who just happened to excel in school and have more money to finance more expensive lifestyles. For example, according to Brooks, an academic in his right mind would form (or has formed) his image and messages in a way to garner the most notoriety and cable news slots. Of course, the academic (he gives an example of a family with 180K net income)is still dwarfed by the mega-wealthy with whom he rubs elbos who live on Chicago's gold coast while the professor goes back grudgingly to her 'diversified neighborhood'. The academic would have been an international financier if she, I paraphrase, 'could work with numbers'. BoBos in Paradise can be taken two ways, depending on your slant: (1) Brooks might be right on the money in describing a new wealthy class, which would speak volumes with regard to American society; or (2) Brooks has missed some fundamental redeeming quality of BoBos that would have described the emergent class in a better light.

posted by Anonymous on February 21, 2001

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2004

    Now I Know Why I Don't Like So-Called Bobo's

    The Suburu driving, Starbuck sipping, uber liberals come alive in this book and now I know why I sit and laugh at the Bobo's as I slurp my Frap at the local Starbucks... uh-oh... I guess I'm a fringe Bobo myself... excellent read... should be mandatory for any Sociology 101 class.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    "Bobos in Paradise" is an amazingly true depiction of

    "Bobos in Paradise" is an amazingly true depiction of the new upper class, the Bobos, which is a combination of the traditional and archaic values of the old elite bourgeois and the new, quirky, and alternatively natural bohemians. The books describes both of the very different classes' origins and how they came to their morals, and then describes their struggle with each other, their final merger, and the ideals and virtues of the new elite class that formed of the merger. I gave this book a 5 star rating because I enjoyed the vocabulary and the humor that Brooks intertwined into his explanation of this unique class. This book is an extremely easy read, for those who can keep up with the humor and witty backhanded comments Brooks dishes out so readily. The humor Brooks throws out in his explanations creates a page turner that you do not want to put down because every sentence is filled with tantalizing explanations that make this sociology topic very comedic and enjoyable. If you enjoy making fun and laughing as you read and reread lines over and over again because you cannot believe the author said it, then this is the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2001

    I found out who I am

    I have never read such a fantastic book. Despite the situations of many countries differ, I found myself in the book. The book awakened me a new self identitiy.....

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