When your alarm clock jolts you awake in the morning, do you wish you could just lie in bed, read a book, sip a cup of tea and be idle all day? Hodgkinson, founder of the Idler magazine, does. And in this book he presents 24 essays defending life's idle pleasures, which are, he says, vilified by our modern society. He meditates on sleeping in, fishing, smoking and drinking, and even waxes poetic about the hangover. The whole book is soaked with nostalgia for the turn-of-the-century English gentleman's lifestyle; Hodgkinson defends his arguments by quoting Jerome K. Jerome, G.K. Chesterton and, of course, that icon of British foppery, Oscar Wilde. Although billed as tongue-in-cheek witticisms about the idle life, the book fails to maintain the comic tone. In his chapter on the evils of the 9-to-5 job ("wage slavery," as the author calls it), Hodgkinson cites Heinrich Himmler as a spokesperson for the defense of work [...] The book gives tantalizing anthropological insights into society's views on those lazy habits that the author so enjoys, but the viewpoint is so antiquated and condescending toward the poor slobs who must actually go to work every day that readers will often find themselves staring aghast at the page. B&w line illus.
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I agree strongly with Hodgkinson's premise that rest and leisure are necessary to healthful, joyful living, but I disagree with his reasoning and with his extreme conclusions. Read morePublished 2 months ago by H. Owsley
Loafing" means honoring your own rhythms - not donning the yoke of societal "shoulds" around work, rest and play. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gina Greenlee
I just retired, so this book provides good justification for sleeping late and taking it easy.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Received this as retirement present. Perfect! Have given copies to several other retireesPublished 3 months ago by slotravel
This is a rather pleasurable tomb, if at times a bit repetitive. However I wasn't expecting anything too serious with a topic based on idleness, so it's just an enjoyable silly... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Richard G. Klug 2