Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Review: Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells: The Best of Early Vanity Fair
Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells: The Best of Early Vanity Fair by Vanity Fair
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells is an interesting time capsule that captures New York, the U.S. and the literary world of the time. From the beginning, the stories, poems and articles are filled with references to a time gone by, but for much of the work, anyone from any age can read it and still enjoy it.
The collection starts out well, including pieces fro Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley and a host of other names that belonged to this literary circle. However, as the collection went on and entered the pieces form the 1930s, it became really dry reading. There were two or three articles back-to-back talking about economics--even today's economics discussions bore me, so these were dreadful. But overall, it is a snapshot of time that makes it fun to look back.
**I received this book for review from Penguin First to Read
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