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Class by Paul Fussell
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Jul 27, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction
Recommended for: Proles
Read in July, 2008

The book is pretty good. Written in a sarcastic tone it strives to detail the mannerisms of the classes categorized by the author, Paul Fussell. The observations are themselves pretty funny but dated, as the book was written in the 1980s. Regardless, some of them are pretty accurate. Like how the type of magazines you read can give away the class you are from - people who read Time magazine are in a higher class than the ones who read National Enquirer. And how if you can never see an upper-class home from the street, as they are hidden away from the "commoners". In the Appendix there is even a scoring guide to determine your class from the items you have in your living room (subtract 4 points if you have an artwork depicting cowboys.) Overall, a good read if you can laugh at yourself because a lot of the stuff will remind you of your upbringing.
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