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"[SNOBBERY] is a captivating jeu d'esprit of a book, one that brims over with illuminating perceptions . . ."—Daphne Merkin Elle
"It's hard to criticize a writer who can make you laugh out loud on every third page . . ."—Martha Bayles The New York Times Book Review
"[E]ngaging . . . Epstein [is] one of America's best essayists . . ."—Richard Stengal Time Magazine
". . . [W]onderfully engaging . . . marvelous . . ."—David Brooks The Wall Street Journal
". . . [Epstein] has a wickedly wonderful sense of humor and keen observational skills . . ." Publishers Weekly
"A deliciously readable analysis of the origins of snobbery and its myriad cultural manifestations . . ." Harper's Bazaar
Posted July 29, 2011
Firstly.the editing is the worst I can recall. Is it my version? Are digital texts held to different, lower standard of correctness? So filled with good insights, but Epstein's angle at his subject just keeps being paradoxical. He quotes in the conclusion about an essential good heartness as an antidote to snobbery. but in page after page his main interest seems to be settling scores with the many names he drops. Granted subject is impossible, a good reason to avoid, so some credit for tackling it, but wow quite a conundrum on relation of author to subject.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 4, 2004
Epstein does a good job of sounding like someone you'd thoroughly enjoy being seated next to at a wedding (and assuring you he's not a snob!), but not such a good job of writing what I had expected to be a more academic text. Although he draws from a breadth of knowledge, showing obvious research, the book reads more like, 'La, la, la, this is what Joseph Epstein thinks about this particular topic.' Chapters are all over the place, a little loopy, and peppered with jokes that aren't always funny. While I enjoy the book - its okay, worth reading, but not great, you could do better, - this reads sort of like that guy rambling, storyteller guy on NPR talks. Only read this if you're really, really interested in the subject of snobbery.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 19, 2002
WOW,I have often thought to myself why am I thinking this or that way about an individual or a club or organization?I think Mr Epstein has given me the answer.I am a hopeless "SNOB".Written with great wit and insight this book should be preffered reading for every executive,worker,student or anybody else whose thinking needs a little tuning up on just why we think the way we do about so many people, places, and things.A great self help book in terms of how and why we feel the way we do.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 13, 2002
I have read most all of Mr. Epsteins books. This by far tops them all. Caution advised-he will surely strike a nerve in this one. Do yourself a favor-don't miss this one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.