I was going through my bookshelf and stumbled across this classic piece of literature by John Steinbeck. I recall first having to purchase the novel in my junior year of high school. Being that I was young and reluctant to read, I wasn’t the least bit excited about having to spend my hard earned money on a book I had no intention of reading. However, this all changed when my teacher proclaimed she’d be giving pop quizzes unannounced to make sure that we kept up on our reading. I distinctly remember opening the pages with disgust as I felt this was some type of punishment, but nevertheless I trudged on. An hour later, I realized I was over 85 pages in and had no intentions of slowing down.
Today, I’m glad I read the novel. I see why it won the Nobel Prize, its filled with many stories of biblical parallels, alliteration, love, hate, betrayal and deceit. I encourage everyone to go read this book as soon as possible. If that serves to be too much of an inconvenience, I just read that they plan to make it into a movie this year. Stay tuned.
During spending aimless time on the internet, I ran across an intriguing blog ran by Robert I. Brown. As I went looking through the different blog posts I noticed two things, one to be just 16 he had a great sense of style and, two he seemed very well read and written. After a few chats with Robert, I noticed he kept speaking of a book called Bereolaesque: The Contemporary Gentleman & Etiquette Book for the Urban Sophisticate. I know it seems like a mouthful, but its a good read.
As you can tell by the title, its about teaching men how to be gentleman. He gives A LOT of helpful tips. However, it does seem as if he’s basically reteaching manners and respect throughout the book. As I was reading, I began to think that I knew all of what Enitan Bereola II was discussing, but deeply intrigued I continued to read and was rewarded generously. We all were taught manners as children growing up, some of us may or may not have strayed away from them, but I can almost guarantee we weren’t taught dining etiquette, office etiquette, what the different flowers mean or several different ways to approach women. If you were taught these things, you’re a lucky individual. I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t know a great deal of the content in this book and that Bereolaesque taught me things I’ll continue to use in my everyday life.
He even gives a set of rules to which men should apply to there everyday lives. I’ll save that joy for you to discover. Let’s just say they’re very applicable and accurate. The section of the book I found most interesting was the etiquette section. I personally learned quite a deal of new and interesting things.
Overall I gives this book a 4.5/5. I wish it was a tad bit longer, however this is only the first book in this series. I anxiously await the next book.I suggest you go buy this book and read it if you’re a man, or buy it for the most important man in your life. It will undoubtedly improve his life.
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