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Oxford and Cambridge are two of the most fabled academic institutions in the world; graduates include John Milton and Lord Byron, Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, and, more recently, President Bill Clinton. For eight centuries, students have journeyed to Oxbridge to drink in the nectar of the classics and train in the sports of the Greeks. Then, in 1990, American writer Br...more
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Published November 19th 1995 by Random House Value Publishing (first published 1993)
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Anne
Wow did this book stink. If you understand that by "looking for class" the author means he participated in various drinking contests during his year at Cambridge while trying to get laid, then you won't be disappointed. If you think you'll be entertained by a smug American's take on Brits behaving badly (but by no means any worse than say, Yale grads), go ahead and pick it up. But if you're interested in an intelligent discussion of the British class system as it relates to academia, look elsewh...more
Dianne
I enjoy this author. I like his style and the two books of his that I’ve read are well researched. He can be almost too academic at times, but only for a line or two and then he draws you back in. It is this academic – but not too academic – style that feeds me the history, statistics and other factual information I crave to round out any story.

This window into one of the most prestigious schools on the planet was entertaining, if somewhat disheartening. Some of my admittedly naive illusions abo...more
t.obia
Possibly, one of my all-time favorite travel diaries I've tackled so far. Feiler has a way of making his experiences seep into your skin somehow; instead of it being voyeuristic, it becomes equally personal. The comic elements in this college memoir are hilarious. There were a few moments when I guffawed out loud, regardless of the setting in which I was reading (much to my chagrin). I'm a slight Oxbridge fanatic, so this insider's look into that world was a treat.

I recommend it for some clever...more
S.
Bruce Feiler did an unimpressive, even boring take on teaching JHS in Japan, but then spent a year with a traveling circus. In between, he finished a master's in international relations at Cambridge. In short, three memoirs of one or two years each. And three bestsellers, according to the cover, but minimal support here on GR.

This work, Looking for Class, delivers what is promised, an american's look at Cambridge where privilege and dating and punts on the Cam and a dress ball. The tiniest note...more
Leta
Feiler spent a year at Cambridge pursuing a Master's Degree and his memoir of that year feels like it was put together from rather sketchy notes. A friend who teaches law school says that his most consistent margin notes in Blue Books are "And?" and "So?" for incomplete or irrelevant arguments. Had I done that to this book nearly every anecdote would have had that because at the end of nearly every page I wondered "why did he tell us that?"

On the plus side, giving the book away will clear a litt...more
Betty
An irresistible, entertaining peek into the privileged realm of Wordsworth and Wodehouse, Chelsea Clinton and Hugh Grant, Looking for Class offers a hilarious account of one man’s year at Oxford and Cambridge -- the garden parties and formal balls, the high-minded debates and drinking Olympics. From rowing in an exclusive regatta to learning lessons in love from a Rhodes Scholar, Bruce Feiler’s enlightening, eye-popping adventure will forever change your view of the British upper class, a world...more
Summer
I had to push to get through this book. It was well written, but very boring. Not much happened, which would have been fine if some of the characters (who seemed interesting) had been given more attention. I found little/nothing to care about in the first three fourths of the book. By the time things picked up and began to draw my interest, the book was drawing to a close.

An interesting snapshot of life at Cambridge, but not one I'd recommend unless someone had a particular interest in Oxford o...more
Joyce Norman
Bruce Feiler is such a fine writer that it's difficult to find anything you don't like/enjoy about one of his books. "Looking For Class" is not my favorite of his books but I read it to the end. To me, his most striking book was "Walking The Bible." He is like a sponge about learning so much about that part of the world and then passing it along to his readers.

If you've ever wondered about Cambridge or Oxford and would like an "insider's" point of view, you'll enjoy this book.

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Jenn
Despite being set mostly in Cambridge, this book did nothing to help stop my Oxford obsession! If anything, I am ready to pack up and go NOW! Feiler does a fine job giving you a taste of life at Cambridge - and by extension, Oxford. He doesn't gloss over the problems or overglorify the setting, but gives you a real picture of what being a student there in modern times means. I admit I may have skimmed a bit over his more preachy sections, but overall, I very much enjoyed this memoir.
Lavinia
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The cover is a little bit misleading, because except for a brief nod or two, the entire book is about and takes place at Cambridge; however, that did not lessen its appeal in any way. Mr. Feiler seems to me to maintain an appropriate balance of reverence and honest appraisal about this most august institution. He is funny and insightful and descriptive, and both the place and the characters came alive for me.
Michelle
Very readable account by the American South-born Feiler of his year studying International Relations at Cambridge. A little self-absorbed at times, but overall an enjoyable and irreverent portrait of a legendary institution. Though I've never been to the UK, Feiler's narrative rings true with things I've heard from other Americans who've studied in England.
Nancy O
I started reading this book because I loved the author's account of living in Japan called Learning to Bow. A more appreciative audience for this particular book would be Anglophiles who are nostalgic for college days; I'm neither. But it's well-written
Noel
orlando->salt lake city...hehe.
first half is great - brings back all the memories of quirky british and cambridge stuff...2nd half not so much, but still really enjoyable
Amanda
Another great book from Feiler and having spent time at a British university I can relate to the food, teaching methods and singular focus of the students
Lawsie
suggested if interested in oxbridge or embarking on an oxbridge experience. excepting these, probably a three star instead. x
Anna
A fun little book, get to know a bit about Oxford et al.
Cynthia
This book was typical Feiler style. I enjoyed most of it; I was bored by the rest. For an American's viewpoint of life as an exchange student at an elite UK school, it is edutaining.
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BRUCE FEILER is one of America’s most popular voices on family, faith, and survival. He writes the “This Life” column about contemporary families for the Sunday New York Times and is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including WALKING THE BIBLE and THE COUNCIL OF DADS. He is the writer/presenter of the PBS series “Walking the Bible” and the forthcoming “Sacred Journeys with...more
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