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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 17 January 2015
This is a delightful book about how to behave well coming from a very original thinker who had plenty of opportunities to try out responses to rudeness. It was written in the early nineteen- eighties so some of it is still contemporary but some isn’t at all (the parts that have dated are mostly about how women are expected to behave). Some of the polite lies advocated go a bit far in my opinion and I’m not sure they would be wise. There is much good advice in this book that is still relevant and it’s written so amusingly I’m likely to remember it. It’s a great book for those who struggle with defining the boundaries of what they think is acceptable behaviour. It has the splendid aim of making people enjoy other people’s company. I think anyone could read it and find something relevant that can help them in their dealings with others.
This part seemed extremely relevant for life right now: “We must live a life where we do have time for others. We must reduce our activities so that we are never living at the very edge of our nervous or physical energy; then we will always have the time to behave nicely”.
This isn’t a twee book about pointless rules that divide people into classes, it’s an incisive and inclusive book about how to treat people in order to be treated well oneself.
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on 22 February 2016
I love Quentin Crisp. He is one of my all time hero's. He was a truly enlightened being. Now his dust blows about the streets of Manhattan.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 4 August 2013
Wonderful writings from Quentin and funny now as they ever were. Glad I could get this copy quickly and at a great price.
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on 23 June 2016
Fabulous - a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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on 4 November 2015
great
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on 20 July 2009
Hi

I am very glad that I DID find the book, quality OK.
Fast delivered..
THNX Robert from Amsterdam
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