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Looking for Class: Days and Nights at Oxford and Cambridge

3.4  ·  Rating details ·  175 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
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 S ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 3rd 2003 by Harper Perennial (first published January 1st 1993)
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Jun 22, 2007 rated it did not like it
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
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
What did I think? I think that the students at Cambridge spend far too much time drinking, shagging, and pontificating on ridiculously inane subjects. They focus too much on social climbing and too little on academics. Sounds like a lot of institutions of higher learning in America. Sigh...
Aug 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
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
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cheshire
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
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
May 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 29, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Oct 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.

Joyce Norman
Mar 17, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 28, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Oct 21, 2007 rated it liked it
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.
Nov 14, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography-memoir
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
Jan 10, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Jun 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
suggested if interested in oxbridge or embarking on an oxbridge experience. excepting these, probably a three star instead. x
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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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