Book Reviews of How to Live on 24 Hours a Day

How to Live on 24 Hours a Day
How to Live on 24 Hours a Day
Author: Arnold Bennett
ISBN-13: 9780967972800
ISBN-10: 0967972809
Publication Date: 12/21/2000
Pages: 104
  • Currently 1.3/5 Stars.

1.3 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Shambling Gate Press
Book Type: Paperback
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To sum this book up in one word: Pomposity! I realize it was written in 1908, so I'll cut Bennett some slack; however, his arrogant tone throughout made this almost unreadable. He addresses the reader entirely too much "you this" and "you that" and "you know to whom I am referring, oh reader!" What did it in for me was his implication that all who have attended an orchestral concert and did not educate themselves (i.e. have read 'How to Listen to Music') are "[babies] gaping at bright objects." Yes, that's a direct quote.

As for his purpose for writing, he *does* make the good point of having the reader become aware that the "day" doesn't end when the whistle blows for work to end. You've got a lot more time to fill. *HOW* he wants you to fill it, though, is ridiculous.

Also, he makes no bones about it - reading novels (fiction) are useless and a waste of time. Bah! Pompous prig.