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Passages: Predictable Crises of Adult Life Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1984
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Although fairly young (35) I can already see some of the patterns at play which Gail describes. I don't care if it's not original work or if the lifetstyles are different and the social pressures altered, this book is still very applicable to those who can objectively view themselves and those around them.
This book looks at middle and upper middle class university graduates (called "college" graduates in the US) with primarily professional vocations in accounting, law, medicine etc (stangely little mention of engineers!). Also, I suspect the people are largely private school educated. Whilst people in other circustances might be under different pressures, I have seen similar crises and cycles in a wide range of people. A perceptive reader would learn from this book, nomatter their circumstances.
I recommend it to those trying to figure out how to navigate through life.
As authors far more talented and original than Sheehy observed 200 years ago, leisure is a function of wealth and privelege, and only the leisure class has the time or money to spend "contemplating" their lives on a by-the-minute basis..."passages" between the wunderkind preppie years to the grasping yuppie to the ostentatious wealthy world of illegal domestics, fine wine, expensive SUVs, private schools, and a flow of other lifestyle perks.
BTW, this is hardly the rant of a repressed Marxist. MBA, college professor, US military officer, etc. I found Sheehy's work irritating over 20 years ago, and the previous 20 years of listening to whining yuppies echo her Deep Philosophy on Life has done little to change my opinion.
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Passages was the first book I ever read that set out the various "passages" that we go through as we begin to mature. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
over reviewed, not what I hoped, have a background, and did not advance the background.Published 11 months ago by eriklfoged
I read this years ago in the 80's and thought it was great then, but the ideas in it seem to be outdated when I read it again..... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Charlene K.
Awesome insight to accepting life changes and making it work for you...!!!!Published 22 months ago by Bryan Russell Garfield
Had to buy this book and read read it again, 20 years after the first time.Published 23 months ago by M Morrison