978-0-14-012663-1 / 9780140126631

Waiting for the Weekend


Publisher:Penguin Books



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In this book, the author, "unfolds the history of leisure from Ancient Rome to the Enlightenment to today. There have always been breaks from the routine of work : taboo days, market days, public festivals, holy days and now we have the weekend. Rybczynski shows how, beginning with the Industrial Revolution, the practice of "keeping Saint Monday", evolved into our familiar institution, which seems to be more about the obligation to do something rather than to do nothing."

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