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The Boomer Bible Paperback – January 10, 1991
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Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Top Customer Reviews
Why only 4 stars? The books meant to parallel the prophets of the Old Testament were just plain dry, and I suspect the author might have intended them to be skipped. I slogged my way through much of them hoping for something, but surrounded by the humor and significance of the rest of the book, they were a barren desert. I ended up skipping very many pages, though I hated doing so for fear of missing something.
I unconditionally recommend this book.
TBB can be read linearly, from front to back, just like any other book, and that alone is worth the price of admission for its immense variety of jokes, memorable turns of phrase, and observations about the often-unacknowledged dogma that permeates the modern mind. The "Past Testament" takes us through the history of the world and the bases of the "Baby Boomer" worldview; the "Present Testament" relates the story of Harry, a man of wealth and taste who inspires the Boomers to do all kinds of fun things; the "Book of Harrier Brayer" codifies the Boomer Way into a secular religion; and finally, a "Punk Testament" tells the story of some nobodies who react to the Boomer Way with crazy ideas.
When you've finished reading "The Boomer Bible", though, you've only finished reading it one way. There's a lot more to it, and if you enjoy puzzles, "The Boomer Bible" has countless hours of brain-teasers in store. (I should emphasize, though, that the book stands just fine on the merits of linear reading alone -- in my case, I had hardly any idea of the iceberg under the surface until I found discussions of TBB on the Internet, long after it had become my favorite book.)
The only reservation I have about recommending "The Boomer Bible" is that it might give some readers dangerous ideas. If you apply the Boomer Way properly this shouldn't be a problem, but if you fail to do so, don't blame me.
I'm still not sure whether this is Horatian or Juvenalian satire, a spoof or a polemic. What I do know is that it's grown on me with time: TBB is a book that rewards smartness. (Not that you need smartness to love it. Cen. 22:20-23.) What I do know is that this is one of the great 20th-century works of American satire, and if humanity survives another century it'll be remembered as such. What I do know is that "satire" belittles it, because like the Onion TBB speaks truly enough to border on the prophetic.
You really must read this book. Because in classic Boomer fashion it IS all about you.
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