|When I first read Paul Fussell’s Class in college, I really enjoyed it, enough so that I kept the book, one of the few that I kept from college. I just reread it and I really did not like it. I couldn’t decide if it was terrible to start with or if it was supposed to be funny or if it was just terribly outdated. Unless you are into making fun of people by assigning them to a stereotypical class (in which case you might think this book is funny), I recommend you skip this one.
As far as I can tell there are no studies or scientific basis for
Fussell’s conclusions. There’s not even a list of sources in the back
of the book, so we can only assume that he knows all about the different
classes from his … personal experience, observations, telephone calls? Who knows?