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Waiting for the Weekend by Witold Rybczynski
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Waiting for the Weekend (1991)

by Witold Rybczynski

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A good history of our working/leisure life. ( )
  zguba | Apr 25, 2014 |
Mr. Rybczynski has made a career out of finding odd themes to pursue, and making them entertaining, and as the book progresses, quite relevant to an informed life. His study of the growth of leisure time, and its value in raising our real standard of living is a good read. ( )
1 vote DinadansFriend | Sep 21, 2013 |
much interesting info ( )
  mahallett | Jul 28, 2011 |
Another interesting and endearing look at an off-beat topic by Mr. Rybczynski, this one on how we got to the weekend. It involves a discussion of how societies structure time, as well as the history of how individuals got control of more and more of their own time. ( )
  annbury | Sep 5, 2010 |
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"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.… (more)

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