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.
|Publisher:||Hunt, John Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.41(h) x 0.58(d)|
About the Author
Robert Appelbaum received his PhD from the University of Calfornia, Berkeley, and is currently Professor English Literature, Uppsala University, Sweden.
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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Working the Aisles: A Life in Consumption based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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.