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Bright Young Things (Bright Young Things (Quality)) Hardcover – 16 Oct 2000

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Assouline; 01 edition (16 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2843232058
  • ISBN-13: 978-2843232053
  • Product Dimensions: 33.6 x 24 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,190,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This incredibly fashionable and high-profile group is redefining society style."

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By A Customer on 19 April 2001
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely love this book. I would recommend it to all teenagers, and aspiring 30-somethings, too. It sets examples, offers advice on good taste, plus Ms. Ocampo is definitively among the most elegant ladies of our times. So, do trust her. After all, a little day-dreaming never hurt anyone!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Slumming on Park Avenue 28 April 2003
By Andrew S. Rogers - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I tried to come up with all sorts of ways to poke fun at the pretentiousness of this book, but really, what's the point? If beautiful people in New York City want to create a volume in which they can feature other beautiful people, their beautiful homes and beautiful families, and write glowingly about the beautiful lives they lead, and then sell it to themselves, the envious, and the just plain nosy, who am I to complain?
Far more risible is the introduction by William Norwich, in which "these meritocrats -- don't call them aristocrats" are painted not only as the apotheosis of style, but also of social concern, enlightened world view, forward-looking design, and folks-next-door approachability. In fact, three quarters of these "meritocrats" I'd never heard of before ... and most of those whose names I recognized (Guinness, Lauder, Herrera, another Lauder, Von Furstenburg [and one of the Miller sisters], Hermès, etc.) came more from their families' prosperity and fame than from the meritocratic achievements of the individuals themselves.
Still, the pictures are pretty enough, and the writing (apart from Norwich's) unobjectionable. And maybe it wasn't the subjects' fault they showed up in this embarrassing book. If one of my friends called up and said she was assembling a picture book of obscure Seattle book reviewers and wanted me in it, I might oblige her just out of friendship. But I'd make sure not to leave my copy sitting around where visitors could see it.
In all, this title has a certain voyeuristic value, from the pre-September 11 era. But I hope those of us outside the rarified little world of New York Society don't take it for a lot more than that.
28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Please don't further fuel these people's narcissism 22 Sept. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
You know, my grandmother always taught me that wealth and success were blessings to be appreciated and contemplated in private, and to be grateful for because they are distributed unequally and can disappear at any time. I have to wonder what these people's families taught them, besides the lie that money makes you important and you have this wealth because you are somehow just better than other people. The vulgarity and transparent social ambition of the participants in this book just make the whole exercise in narcissism that much more lame. The bad design, bad attitudes, bad values, and ignorance on display here show a real waste of the doubtless costly education lavished on these children of vanity and greed. They would be pitiable if they weren't so arrogant.
And their apartments are mostly just really ugly.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars guilty pleasure 24 Nov. 2000
By Isidore - Published on
Format: Hardcover
All of the disgusting things you may have heard about this book are true. But it's as irresistible as any guilty pleasure. Brooke puts the CAMP in O'Campo. If there indeed was an editor he/she must have only been looking at the pretty pictures and not the words. The tacky text with the repeated misspellings makes it all the richer. Get the 1st edition before they are corrected and own a collector's piece your friends will envy you for. Here's the clincher: This book is an absolute essential as a companion to "Flophouse: Life on the Bowery" as two artifacts that capture the contradictory essence of NYC 2000.
35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ha! I know most of these people and... 1 Mar. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
My husband and I know most of these people from college and the New York party circuit and let me tell you this book is a joke! If you think that these women really have "careers" or grace and style of their own then we have a bridge in this town which you might be interested in purchasing to go along with your copy of this book...Brooke is preying on their vanities and insecurities in order to boost her profile-although from the quality of her writing you can tell that she is not much more intelligent than the BYT's. Her subjects are fun people however to admire them would be not only inappropriate but foolish-let's just say I laughed so hard, this book should listed under "humour".
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dim-Young-Wits 2 Dec. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I shudder to think that anyone would want to purchase this book. Fortunately, I found it at the local library. These "Bright Young Things" come off as Young Dim-wits. De Ocampo proves that one does not need talent or decorating sense to get a book published. . .one only needs the right connections, the "right friends" and a trust fund.
As for those readers who see this as a work of high camp. I'd hate to think that "camp" has fallen this low.
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