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For the Love of It: Amateuring and Its Rivals [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Wayne C. Booth
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28. Mai 1999
Why would anyone spend free hours and weekends on a demanding practice that promises no payoff in money, fame, or power? Is it true that anything worth doing is worth doing only if you can get credit for doing it really well? Why do amateurs do what they do? Wayne Booth found himself enticed by these questions after taking up the cello at age 31 and then experiencing decades not just of unforeseen struggle but of comic and humiliating disasters - followed by hours of astonishing bliss playing chamber music. This book tells the story not only of this intimate struggle between man and cello but also of the larger struggle between a society obsessed with success and payoff and individuals who choose challenging hobbies that yield no payoff except the love of it. This fundamental opposition leads Booth into diverse meditations on how amateuring relates to all other loves and pleasures. In his celebration of how the amateur's labouring can blossom, he thus joins a long line of thinkers who have puzzled over the meanings of "fun", "work" and "love."

Produktinformation

  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 248 Seiten
  • Verlag: Univ of Chicago Pr; Auflage: New. (28. Mai 1999)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0226065855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226065854
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,1 x 2,3 x 23,5 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.5 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 734.949 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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"Hooray for amateurs! And huzzahs to Wayne Booth for honoring them as they deserve. "For the Love of It" celebrates amateurism with genial philosophizing and pointed cultural criticism, as well as with personal reminiscences and self-effacing wit."--James Sloan Allen "USA Today "

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Why would anyone spend free hours and weekends on a demanding practice that promises no payoff in money, fame, or power? Is it true that anything worth doing is worth doing only if you can get credit for doing it really well? Why do amateurs do what they do? Wayne Booth found himself enticed by these questions after taking up the cello at age 31 and then experiencing decades not just of unforeseen struggle but of comic and humiliating disasters - followed by hours of astonishing bliss playing chamber music. This book tells the story not only of this intimate struggle between man and cello but also of the larger struggle between a society obsessed with success and payoff and individuals who choose challenging hobbies that yield no payoff except the love of it. This fundamental opposition leads Booth into diverse meditations on how amateuring relates to all other loves and pleasures. In his celebration of how the amateur's labouring can blossom, he thus joins a long line of thinkers who have puzzled over the meanings of "fun", "work" and "love."

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5.0 von 5 Sternen And That's Why! 17. Februar 2000
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This has got to be the "feel good" book of the year for amateur musicians. Professor Booth, time and again, puts his finger on the many reasons why we spend all those hours and muscle pains to end up being second-rate at best. Yes, the latter chapters may go a little overboard, but enthusiasm is one of the things it's all about. There are some very poignant moments and some downright hilarious ones. I'm recommending this one to all my music-making friends.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The joy of making music 11. Juli 1999
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The writer focuses on his experiences as a cellist in amateur chamber groups and expands from that subject to address the concept of 'amateuring', that pursuit of an activity at which one knows one will never be more than merely adequate, the drive to persist 'for the love of it', for the sense of community with other amateurs. This certainly struck a responsive chord in me, an amateur musician whose love for music-making far exceeds his abilities.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The joy of making music 11. Juli 1999
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The writer focuses on his experiences as a cellist in amateur chamber groups and expands from that subject to address the concept of 'amateuring', that pursuit of an activity at which one knows one will never be more than merely adequate, the drive to persist 'for the love of it', for the sense of community with other amateurs. This certainly struck a responsive chord in me, an amateur musician whose love for music-making far exceeds his abilities.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen It's not just about playing the cello 23. Februar 2006
Von E. Bauman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It seems that most of those reviewing this book missed the point of it, which I thought the author made clear over and over again. It’s about doing something as well as you can for the enjoyment it brings – as an amateur. Although the book could have been half its length and been more effective, he did achieve his goal, which was to discuss what being an amateur is, where this fits into life and our culture, why being a professional at something symbolizes our goal-oriented society and our value of doing things for money, and why being an amateur is rewarding, satisfying and even noble.

The shortcomings of the book are probably the result of his being a professor of literature, causing him to expend space on quotes and discussions that are more peripheral to the topic than enlightening. He doesn’t disparage other forms of amateur endeavor, such as painting, but does spend most of his time relating his cello playing experiences with his life and what those experiences brought to him. It’s what he calls amateuring. This book is not about how to play the cello better.

I think the real value in the book is about how someone loves what they do for a hobby, is pretty good but not great at it, and finds practicing both valuable as an activity and essential to developing and improving one’s skills. His discussions about playing with others and in front of audiences are enlightening and raise valuable issues in terms of the experience of playing a musical instrument. These discussions are worthwhile enough to justify reading the book.

He gives hope and encouragement to being an amateur. In a world in which fame and fortune seem to be the most desirable goals, he makes a very good case for enjoying what you do for its own sake.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen And That's Why! 17. Februar 2000
Von Frank Benson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This has got to be the "feel good" book of the year for amateur musicians. Professor Booth, time and again, puts his finger on the many reasons why we spend all those hours and muscle pains to end up being second-rate at best. Yes, the latter chapters may go a little overboard, but enthusiasm is one of the things it's all about. There are some very poignant moments and some downright hilarious ones. I'm recommending this one to all my music-making friends.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen For Cellists Only (Not for Painters) 27. Juni 2002
Von Terryl Shouba - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I was prepared to warm to this book because of its promised inclusion of other amateur endeavors besides the cello. But to these he gives barely a nod. The writing blends self-centered prattle with compulsive journal entries. Another disappointment--rather, jolt--was his two brief paragraphs about painting on pages 184-185. Given his sympathy and respect for amateur musicians, I anticipated a reflection on painters who, like myself, struggle to express in our work a hard-won understanding of color, two-dimensional space, depth and authenticity. Instead, he writes, "Well, there are so many amateur painters around, and their stuff is generally so awful, that they almost tempt me to cancel this book..." Thus, I could not recommend this book to amateur cooks, painters, photographers, writers, tennis players, gardeners--or anyone other than amateur string players who don't know how they feel and need someone to tell them. For the rest of us, our time is better spent doing what we love rather than reading about it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Quite charming! 16. Oktober 2001
Von "sakyoboh" - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
I recomend this book everyone who loves playing the cello.
This book will make you smile.
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