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Zaftig: The Case for Curves Hardcover – June 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Laughing Elephant; First Edition edition (June 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883211174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883211172
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,324,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

Zaftig is a Yiddish word meaning ripe or luscious, and is commonly applied to curvaceous women. This book celebrates these women principally through its many reproductions of paintings, but also through quotations from those who argue for the attractiveness of zaftig women.

Some of the painters reproduced are: Rembrandt, Titian, Correggio, Lord Leighton, Diego Rivera, Rubens, Renoir, Reginald Marsh, Picasso, Giovanni Bellini, Ingres, Klimt, Mucha, Tamara de Lempicka, and Camille Bombois.

The arguements for feminine substance are arranged thematically, and include an attack on the cult of thinness; a defense of the zaftig as a natural state; an exploration of eras, such as the Victorian age, in which abundance was preferred; and an examination of subcultures in which heavy women rule, as on the opera stage.

About the Author

Edward St. Paige is an author and picture researcher who lives and works, in an old, beached ferry boat on the shores of Lake Superior.

His books include Ferry Traffic on the Great Lakes (1968), Ice Fairs and Carnivals (1971), G.K. Chesterton and the Labor Movement (1973), Dogs in the Service of Their Country (1978), Women in Trollope's Novels (1984), Durer and the Human Body (1989), and A History of Dreaminf (1992).

He collects old magazines, and is at work on a series of books in which he ezamines various aspects of our social history from the advertisements, articles, and illustrations found therein.

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As a woman, I really appreciated this book.
Mel
Simple and tells it like it is- or how it was and how it could be.
Zaftique
Considered merely as an art book, 'Zaftig' deserves attention.
SusanC

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 2000
FINALLY! As a healthy zaftig woman, I have suffered the indignities & prejudices, been on every diet known to (wo)man since 1970, only to gain more...the most gain of all with today's "low fat" theory...then flipped the coin and tried fat acceptance, subscribing to the mags and buying the books. Some help, but this fabulous look at these beautiful...no, stunning...women of art is the FIRST thing, in 30 years, that has me holding my head high and looking at my body in an entirely new way. By gosh, I think I like it! The paintings themselves say it all, the quotes and author's comments are bonuses. I can't stop looking at the Renoirs and have, in fact, ordered several prints that will be proudly displayed prominently in my home. Shame be gone, "Zaftig" shall remain on my coffee table where I can see it every day. Egads, I'm S-E-X-Y! You ladies who know the routine I described re diets, etc, BUY THIS BOOK. Men, if you're having a hard time convincing your wife she looks beautiful "just the way she is", BUY THIS BOOK (she just might not want the lights out all the time!). Everyone buy it for every zaftig woman you love. A true liberator!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Alison on October 14, 1999
I could not believe my eyes when I found this wonderful book. Here was the evidence I had been looking for- fat is beautiful. Artists through the ages have painted (what we consider)large women. This is a lovely collection of some fine examples. It was so uplifting to look at. There are some inspirational quotes throughout. My only negative point- and it is only minor, is that the minature essays by the author aren't quite as impressive. Don't worry, go back and look at the paintings, they speak for themselves. I really can't convey how important this work is, especially to all us fat women out there that have a suspicion that they are beautiful but just need the proof!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1999
After reading this book I no longer felt ashamed that my body isn't akin to Twiggy or Kate Moss. Soft curves and a healthy body are a wonderful formula according to the author -why must we emaciate our feminine attributes? Buy this book for the woman you love, it's a healthy alternative to starvation diets and malnutrition.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John M. Herron on July 10, 2002
Beautifully bound, beautiful captions, and of course beautiful art work. It's hard to make a better purchase than this book, I'm glad I bought it instead of a wieght loss book!
My only quarrel is that the pieces mostly show full, plump women who don't fit the definition of "fat", and there are few black women, although the author seemed to be trying to focus on classical paintings, so it can only be expected since it is no doubt difficult to find classic works of art where the subject is a person of African descent.
But overall, I love this book and flip through it's pages often, it's a great mood lifter. Believe me, this is more likely to make you feel good about yourself than any diet pill claims to.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on June 20, 2000
I loved this celebration of curvaceous women! After reading St. Paige's chapter on the Cult of Thinness I felt only relief to be back in the realm of reality. The author has culled from history & the masters of art, images celebrating the joy of zaftig. Certainly this book needs to be on everyone's gift list, it is luscious with full-color prints, succulent sayings & meaningful musings all about the love of full bodied women.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mayflower Girl TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 30, 1999
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A fabulous book--really a complete anthology of fat art through the ages. Very high quality printing and paper as well. I agree with the reviewer who said that the essays aren't long enough, but the quality of the paintings more than make up for it. I really enjoyed the bit which points out that when artists have typically portrayed both Venus (epitome of beauty) and Eve (first woman), they do so as women of size. I also highly recommend the book "Fat?So!" by Marilyn Wann for those exploring self-acceptance.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By SusanC on May 20, 2000
Considered merely as an art book, 'Zaftig' deserves attention. The reproductions are stunning, and the selection is *generous*, with plenty of interesting, even amusing, surprises.
The women celebrated in these pictures were anything but apologetic about their *abounding* voluptuousness. They gloried in it. The woman of today who resembles a Titian goddess has *ample* reason to carry her curves with pride, as this vastly pleasurable collection illustrates.
The pity is that we've been *reduced* to needing a book like this one. That said, the editor has won his case with a brilliantly persuasive appeal to the senses.
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