Waiting for the Weekend by Witold Rybczynski audiobook

Waiting for the Weekend

By Witold Rybczynski
Read by Wanda McCaddon

Blackstone Publishing

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781455117352

  • ISBN: 9781455117345

  • ISBN: 9781455117369

Runtime: 5.43 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

“We work,” Aristotle wrote, “in order to have leisure.” Today, this is still true. But is the leisure that Aristotle spoke of—the freedom to do nothing—the same as the leisure we look forward to each weekend? 

There have always been breaks from the routine of work—taboo days, market days, public festivals, holy days—we couldn’t survive without them. In Waiting for the Weekend, Witold Rybczynski unfolds the history and evolution of leisure time in Western civilization, from Aristotle, through the Middle Ages, to the present. Along the way, he explores how the psychological needs that leisure time seeks to fulfill have changed as the nature of work has changed.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“It’s about freedom, above all the freedom to do nothing, to be aimless, idle, and playful, to get lost in reverie, to consider the lilies...This is at its frequent best an enchanting book, and it can be read in a single weekend.” Entertainment Weekly
“An enchanting, strikingly profound meditation on the relationship between leisure and labor.” Publishers Weekly
“This witty, readable, well-researched study…is certain to stimulate thinking. Recommended for general collections as well as history, sociology, business, and urban studies.” Library Journal
“With immense learnedness but an equivalent lightness and grace, Rybczynski…offers a companionable ramble along a winding pathway of cultural history in a quiet and thinking book, a kind of intellectual browse that’s—well, perfect for a leisurely weekend’s reading.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Witold Rybczynski

Author Bio: Witold Rybczynski

Witold Rybczynski has written about architecture for the New York Times, Time, Atlantic, the New Yorker, and Slate, and is the author of the award-winning A Clearing in the Distance. He is the recipient of the National Building Museum’s 2007 Vincent Scully Prize. He lives with his wife in Philadelphia, where he teaches at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 5.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English