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The Monocle Guide to Better Living Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-15 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 14 user ratings
ISBN:3899554906
LANGUAGE:English

" This is rather the hipster guide to travel. Enjoyed the photographs and the well synthesized short texts accompanying them however I wasn't very keen on the selections accented in the book. Especially the section "Services" I found very weak and clumsy. You can easily substitute the gap with Todd Selby's books - "Selby at Your Place" and "Edible Selby". " said.

" From now on a.k.a. 'The Monocle Guide to a Better Society' ... " said.

"A compendium of different tidbits from Monocle's past publications. Past reviewers are right that it's already a bit dated: reading it in 2018, after Brazil's economic contraction after years of promise and growth, got a whiff of dusty, early 2010's BRICs fervor. And the rapid rise of vertical e-commerce solutions that promote access to artisanal quality products is, naturally, absent.

The book is beautifully laid out, and the writing is always sharp and at times insightful, although the same could not necessarily be said of the editorial (Monocle seems to think that the ideal world would basically just consist of Nordic countries, Japan, and a smattering of Australia and Brazil).
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" Flimsy read, for such a massive book, and utterly superficial. Don't waste your time - this is for fake, rich hipsters only. " said.

"This book is as pretentious as it is shallow. Basic info, that people either know (international travel and all) or don't care about (no international passport by 30 much?). While the actual magazine does provide some interesting thoughts and info once in a while, this book's sole purpose seems to create yet another container, that will pack up Tyler Brûlé's smugness and deliver straight to hipster's bookshelf, just to stay there unread, since the information is already partially out of date. Waste of time and money in a beautiful binding. " said.

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