Working the Aisles: A Life in Consumption

Working the Aisles: A Life in Consumption

by Robert Appelbaum

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Working the Aisles takes the reader on tumultuous driving trips across the United States and France, on phone sex escapades in San Francisco, on banking battles in Sweden, and many other adventures – including, of course, on trips to supermarkets, where the author has had to ‘work the aisles’. Moving back and forth through time, like a novelist, indeed in something of a memoirist tour de force, the book develops the story of struggle, of poverty and depression, but also of gaiety and desire, of a will to live in spite of it all, and to keep working the aisles. It moves the reader through highs and lows, through episodes of ecstasy and thoughts about suicide, and tells how this particular Everyman ended up sane but sorry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782793564
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 05/30/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 251
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Robert Appelbaum received his PhD from the University of Calfornia, Berkeley, and is currently Professor English Literature, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Robert Appelbaum is Professor Emeritus of English Literature at Uppsala University, Sweden. He is the author of Literature and Utopian Politics in Seventeenth-Century England (Cambridge UP, 2002), Dishing It Out (Reaktion, 2011), Working the Aisles: A Life in Consumption (Zero, 2014) and Terrorism Before the Letter: the Mythography of Political Violence in England, Scotland and France (Oxford UP, 2015).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Working the Aisles 1

Chapter 2 In the Kitchen 50

Chapter 3 Unforgettable 87

Chapter 4 Wonderful Alison 123

Chapter 5 Winners 147

Chapter 6 Beyond Confusion 182

Chapter 7 Personnummer 217

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Robocritic More than 1 year ago
Working the Aisles is a rare thing, a critique of capitalism that is also a gripping personal story. What does it mean to grow up in a world where capitalism is triumphant , and you yourself are not? That is the problem that Working the Aisles address. Some of the writing reminds me of Henry Miller at his best. Most of the writing, though, is strictly Appelbaum's own voice, which is at once funny, affectionate, moving and demanding. This is a book about ideas, but what is really interesting about it is how ideas are turned into stories, and stories into testaments to the joys and terrors of modern life. I can't too highly recommend it.