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Zeitz did a perfectly fine at both delving beneath the surface as much as possible, but really the “era” was a gossip magazine come to life; and that’s how Zeitz’s book came across as well. Scott Fitzgerald zeutz Muncie, Indiana, where would-be flappers begged their mothers for silk stockings, to the Manhattan speakeasies where patrons partied till daybreak, historian Joshua Zeitz brings the era to exhilarating life.

The men and women who made the flapper were a diverse lot. Towering above all were Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, whose swift ascent and spectacular fall embodied the glamour and excess of the era that would come to an abrupt end on Black Tuesday, when the stock market collapsed and rendered the age of abundance and frivolity instantly obsolete.

Jan 06, Ally rated it really liked it Shelves: Aug 13, Lauren rated it really liked it. I mean, obviously lots of people, but not me. It’s hard to be entirely linear about a Learn how to do the Charleston in just a few easy steps.

For me Zeitz has managed to strike the right balance between academic history and journalistic style making this a very entertaining read with just the right flappper of substance. But the individual chapters on each of the participants left me feeling a tad cold – on their own, they’re all interesting topics, I love them all Lulu! More important, she earned her own keep, controlled her own destiny, and secured liberties that modern women take for granted.

It’s an interesting overview, but there must be better books about the era. This book may be a good zietz to the Jazz Age for someone who has never read anything about Zelda Fitzgerald, Coco Chanel, or Clara Bow, but readers already familiar with these figures or the period will find little new information. For what it was, this is fine. This book was extremely thorough.


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Flapper — Joshua Zeitz

Feb 04, Pages Buy. In many ways, she controlled her own destiny. Dec 19, Branden William rated it liked it. Now back to the white girls It improved as it progressed, mainly because the first section was practically a biography of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. It was interesting, but I won’t be revisiting The Great Gatsby anytime soon.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I was sad while reading this book but it was overall a very engaging way to learn about this part of women’s history and how it joahua developed and fuelled modern consumerism ezitz since. Nov 12, LeahBethany rated it really liked it.

We all know what we picture when we hear the word ‘flapper’ – tall, willowy women, with knife-edge cheekbones, rouged lips and zeutz, a black bob, in loose-fitting tube dresses, dropped waists, low backs. He also has a practice of whimsically naming his chapters with quotes from the text, which produces fun chapter names but no indication of what the chapter is actually about, and a difficulty in structuring things in your own head as you read.

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Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern

Scott Fitzgerald, and the role of technology and media in shaping how women viewed themselves as objects, all of which were themes that defined flappet 20’s.

Read it Forward Read it first. A few years ago, when I was in high school, The Great Gatsby movie with DiCaprio came out and everyone fell in love with the 20’s again. Lois Long probably caught my imagination most, with the way she took the irreverent crazy fun style of the New Woman and she made it a career, she lived it and she lived off it also she used to come into the office in the early hours of the morning after a night on the town, climb in stockinged feet flap;er the walls of her cubicle because she’d left her key at home, and write up her stories, laughing at her own jokes as she typed.

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I think every generation tends to see the upcoming generation as heading to wrack and t 3. Their arguments are the exact same we hear against the youth culture of today. Although a little late to the party, movies amplified the image with Clara Bow and Louise Brooks.

Her newfound freedom heralded a foapper Blithely flinging aside the Victorian manners that kept her disapproving mother corseted, the New Woman of the s puffed cigarettes, snuck gin, hiked her hemlines, danced the Charleston, and necked in roadsters.

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The book begins by spending a lot joshuua time on Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, regurgitating the notion that they “invented” the flapper later the book indicates that advertisers did itwhich buys into the marketing of the day rather than challenges it or examining it.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Flapper is an inside look at the s. One of my favorite parts of this book was Zeitz’s detail of how the feminist movement felt about the flappers. More important, she earned her own keep, controlled her own destiny, and secured liberties that modern women take for granted.

Dec 11, Kirk rated it liked it Recommends it for: I was disappointed however that the story did not play out as I had imagined it to. Later, after the Fitzgeralds moved to France, the author leaves them alone and actually f,apper into the promised meat of the story, which is a study of the fpapper factors that created the flapper.

Joshua Zeitz does a wonderful portrayal of people both famous and non famous who lived in the “Roaring 20s”. Refresh and try again. This is were the book rises to its peak, although it’s more a hill than a mountain. About Flapper Flapper is a dazzling look at the women who heralded a radical change in American culture and launched the first truly modern decade.

The whimsical chapter titles are fun, and I wouldn’t lose them, but it would have felt like a more coherent read if they could have had, say, actually-informative subtitles as well.