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A Girl's Guide To Modern European Philosophy

A Girl s Guide To Modern European Philosophy Susannah Jones official boyfriend Jason is the perfect foil to her student lifestyle He is years older and an antique dealer so she doesn t have to live in the seedy digs her friends do Then when

  • Title: A Girl's Guide To Modern European Philosophy
  • Author: Charlotte Greig
  • ISBN: 9781852429942
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Paperback
  • Susannah Jones official boyfriend Jason is the perfect foil to her student lifestyle He is 10 years older and an antique dealer, so she doesn t have to live in the seedy digs her friends do Then when she is on campus she can take philosophy seriously and dabble in the social and sexual freedom of a 1970s Sussex University.

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    1. This book chimed with me for a variety of reasons; I was at university during the same period, so many of the experiences, fashions and dilemmas were familiar and nostalgic. I was expecting more problems with the descriptions of philosophy, as I've never studied it. However, there were few ideas that were difficult to grasp,and the third chapter dealing with Nietzche and 'Human, All too human' came startlingly close to my own feelings and experiences when a student. The author could have been de [...]


    2. Why do all the reviews printed on the front and back cover of this book call it funny? I didn't laugh once. This whole book is about a woman who can't decide things. Every character in this book is unlikeable. Way too much of this book is about the protagonist sleeping. And honestly even the sex scenes half the time I was thinking, "well that sounds like it was written by someone who's never had sex before." No redeeming qualities about this book to be honest


    3. Charlotte Greig puts forth quite an effort with "A Girls Guide to Modern European Philosophy". The novel is well thought out, an insightful version of chick lit.Susannah is a Philosophy student that takes her studies very seriously. She loves to participate in extracurricular activities such as rallies as well. The setting is the 70's when the women's liberation movement was gaining ground.Susannah realizes that her long term boyfriend isn't who, or what she wants out of life, yet feels powerles [...]


    4. Susannah Jones is working on her philosophy degree at a college in Sussex, circa the 1970's. She seems trapped between worlds, not wanting to dwell in the short-changed domiciles of her fellow students, nor be stifled in the identity robbing adult world of her boyfriend. But finding a balance between the two doesn't come easily. Living with her 10-years-older boyfriend provides a certain sense of financial safety but he seems to take her for granted not bothering to be home for days at a time, m [...]


    5. Summary: In A Girl’s Guide to Modern European Philosophy, we meet Susannah, a 20-something philosophy major at Sussex University in the United Kingdom during the 1970s. Susannah’s official boyfriend Jason is the perfect mate, in the sense that he is about 10 years older than her, a mildly successful antiques dealer, and the owner of an elegant apartment off campus, but he’s not perfect enough to “keep” her. With Jason, Susannah can go to school, study philosophy, and explore the life o [...]


    6. Susannah is a second year university student, carelessly indulging her confusions in a manner that readers of a certain age will quickly recognize. Watching her drift between her two lovers, her capacity to properly attend to matters is apparently questionable, except when it comes to her curriculum. She mulls over her western philosophers as frequently as she considers the benefits and weaknesses of her lovers, or her wardrobe, but with a little more care. Her moment of clarity is foreordained, [...]


    7. As a 22 year old philosophy student at Sussex, Susannah’s life revolves around her studies and her relationship with her older boyfriend Jason. When a boy in her course catches her fancy, she’s suddenly pulled in two different directions, but instead of making a decision and choosing one over the other , she floats along and lets her philosophical musings convince her that making no decision is a decision in and of itself. When the situation hits the fan and Susannah finally has to look into [...]


    8. The year is 1974.Some days it feels like Susannah and her boyfriend Jason are talking complete circles around each other. A big reason for that might have to do with the fact that Jason is ten years older than Susannah. Also Jason is an antiques dealer, whereas Susannah is a college student at Sussex University. But there is one advantage to dating an older man and that is Susannah does not have to live on campus. One of Susannah’s study partners for Modern European Mind has a mental breakdown [...]


    9. In my head I've been wandering about, wondering if my academic career spent in the sciences has left a gaping hole in the philosophical and historical realm. It's true, it has, and I feel as if, now, I am running behind myself, trying to catch up. So the title of this book enticed me, despite the thickly written back cover (which I still haven't read in its entirety) - very off-putting. And the start of the book is slowish- but I got completely pulled in by Susannah, a woman who screams herself [...]


    10. For one reason or another, I fell in love with A Girl’s Guide to Modern European Philosophy on the very first page. Some books are just like that for me, but I can never explain why. I suppose I should make a list of them and compare those first pages in an attempt to find the answer.The setting is the mid-70s, but I didn’t realize that at first (vinyl is popular again, so I just figured Jason loved the warmth of vinyl); the story does go on to mention events that solidify it as the 70s, but [...]


    11. A Girl's Guide to Modern European Philosophy was just ok to me. I think before deciding to read it I should have considered the fact that the word "Philosophy" was in the title a bit more than I did. I think if I appreciated Philosophy a bit more than I do I would have enjoyed it more.I found the story to be rather slow moving for me. I thought the idea of Susannah trying to balance two relationships, school, and growing up would be enough to grab my attention but still I had troubles enjoying i [...]


    12. I really enjoyed reading this book. The book was set in the 1970's - and even though the date is never mentioned, there are many clues regarding fashion, cars, etc, that lead you to the time frame. Susannah is very engaging and she drew me in immediately. Even though she did not want to live on campus and be a normal student, she seemed to crave the quiet that she found when she stayed at her friend's empty dorm room. It was almost like she was still a little girl who seemed to think she was sup [...]


    13. Susanna is a philosophy student at Essex University. She lives with a boyfriend she doesn't really like in his apartment, which she considers to be a warehouse for antiques. Much of the story is concerned with appearances (clothes, shoes, where to eat, walking around alone, what to drink, what to read). Everything passes through Susanna's mind only to be judged on how it would appear to others. This isn't just a pattern of behavior for Susanna; she's a snob.The writing isn't bad, and the story c [...]


    14. Um, yeah, needed a diversion so I read my vacation book before vacation. Decent read, the philosophy bits were the most interesting especially as they were interwoven with the narrator's decisions. And I've been meaning to revisit Heidegger and Kierkegaard. (LOVED my time as a philosophy student!) But after so much philosophical discourse the ending devolved into chick lit (which usually is not my thing). That's the best way I can describe it because there was such a disconnect between the caref [...]


    15. The plug on the cover of the book calls it "saucy," which it is not, and "profoundly funny," which it is also not. (I am beginning to wonder if reviewers feel like they have to call a book funny if they liked it, even if it isn't particularly funny.) It is "beautifully written," however, so at least Tracy Quan, author of "Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl" got that part right. The first half of the novel is an angsty introduction to Susannah and her life, then the book hits its stride. I enjoyed th [...]


    16. Fascinating book that I'm going to need to keep reflecting on before I can finish this review. This is a novel about a young philosophy student and it weeks modern philosophers' works into her thinking and actions--quite an interesting concept. The book claims to weave in Nietzsche, Kierkegaard and others, but I really feel like I only learned about Nietzsche. The story itself is wonderful, light at times, heavy at others, but very well written with good characters AND humor--an interesting and [...]


    17. Really enjoyable and thought-provoking book. It could have been a 1970s-era Bridget Jones' Diary knock-off, but it rose above that thanks to the smattering of philosophy, fleshed-out, mostly sympathetic characters and gritty period details (did people really smoke so much back then???). I liked that the setting wasn't urban New York or London, that the narrator wasn't perfect (I often sympathized with Rob, her lover, more than with her) and that the big decision she had to make at the end was ne [...]


    18. I'm torn. I really thought it was going to go a different direction and then it didn't. I had no idea it was set in the 1970's until almost the end of the book. Maybe I missed an earlier reference. However, I couldn't put the book down and so hence the three stars instead of the two stars. I thought the main character was a brat. She annoyed me. As did her boyfriend. And one of her closest friends. But, I soldiered through nonetheless.


    19. Chick lit. I read it in about 2 hours. Kinda fluffy, although the writing style is actually quite solid. The story is predictable though. (spoiler alert!): I guessed the boyfriend was gay early on. The use of philosophy as a template for her rather typical 20-something life is sophomoric. I probably did it myself at that age. It's a great beach book: doesn't require many brain cells, can be read while drunk and you don't mind if the book gets wet!


    20. It's the 1970's set at a sea-side town. Lots of smoking, coffee, wine , free love & v little food. Incipient of the civil rights movement. Think Nietzsche & Kierkegaard's were the underpinnings of 1970's. Nevertheless, the book didn't sit well with me. Didn't think the discourse of the philosophy was essential to book (unlike sophie's world), at least 3/4 of it didn't seem so. Will grudging admit though, the book is not the formulaic usual.


    21. A philosophy student juggles two men and doesn't know what to do when she becomes pregnant. I enjoyed her stroll with Kierkegaard, it made me laugh. Otherwise, I'm not terribly interested in the sexual revolution of the 1970's and I suspect some philsophical meaning was intended in places, especially the end, that missed me.


    22. Samantha, working on her dissertation in philosophy, uses lessons from Nietzsche and Kirkegrard to direct her actions, namely, beginning an affair with her classmate, even though she lieves with a boyfriend 10 years her senior. The writing a little dense, and the protagonist is not a particularly sympathetic character.


    23. I had mixed feelings when I began the book but by the end, I couldn't put it down. Susannah was actually very engaging, despite her bad life choices, and I found her plight far more moving than I anticipated. The conclusion was very satisfying -- I thought it was going to be a she-had-the-baby-and-lived-happily-ever-after wrap up, and it wasn't.


    24. Had this novel been written and published thirty years ago, it would have been quite scandalous and daring. Unfortunately, it wasn't and therefore it isn't. For more thoughts and the full review:satia/2009/07/gir


    25. There comes a point where this book moved me to tears. Its protagonist is really vibrant and well crafted. Cheryl, I think your mom might like it too, though it won't get finished right away. It's not like that.


    26. I enjoyed this despite the title. I had to push myself a bit to get through it since the narrator seems so flaky and unlikable. My opinion of her changed by the end, and I almost wanted to pick up my college copy of Kierkegaard again.


    27. Interesting premise and I liked the mixing of philosophy with real life, but in real life the dialouge is not nearly so painful. Also, it took me until pretty much the last chapter to understand that this took place in the '70s instead of more recently. Not sure if that's good or bad.



    28. Kept thinking it would get better, but it didn't. And then it ended with (view spoiler)[an abortion (hide spoiler)]. One of those books where I wish I wouldn't have wasted my time.


    29. University life in the 1970s - this rang lots of bells for me! Philosophy may have some answers, but you make your own decisions.


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