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Hillbilly Elegy

A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
著者: J. D. Vance
ナレーター: J. D. Vance
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カテゴリー: 洋書, Biographies & Memoirs
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From a former marine and Yale graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broad, probing look at the struggles of America's white working class.

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.'s grandparents were "dirt poor and in love" and moved north from Kentucky's Appalachia region to Ohio in the hope of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.

But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance's grandparents, his aunt, his uncle, his sister, and most of all his mother struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history.

A deeply moving memoir with its share of humour and vividly colourful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of the country.

©2016 J. D. Vance (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

批評家のレビュー

"The memoir gripping America.... Vividly articulates the despair and disillusionment of blue-collar America." ( Sunday Times)
"Vance's description of the culture he grew up in is essential reading for this moment in history." (David Brooks, New York Times)
"A beautiful memoir but it is equally a work of cultural criticism about white working-class America.... [Vance] offers a compelling explanation for why it's so hard for someone who grew up the way he did to make it...a riveting book." ( Wall Street Journal)
"Quietly thoughtful, poignant...while the political timeliness of Hillbilly Elegy is undeniable, Vance truly shines when he takes us with him 'down the holler' into an America we thought we knew - until we realized how little of it we truly understood." ( Huffington Post)
"Looking back on his youth, and all he fled, yields a frank, unsentimental, harrowing memoir, Hillbilly Elegy. It's a superb book given an extra layer of importance by its political reverberations: When Vance returns home these days, he sees yard after yard festooned with Trump signs." ( NY Post)
"You will not read a more important book about America this year." ( Economist)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017/06/07

Great book, insightful and well written.

an inspiring story, personal and honest. Lessons we all can learn from and be inspired by.

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  • NIVEDH SHETTY
  • 2019/07/26

Honest and thought-provoking

The best feature of the book is the author's honesty in sharing his stories. While the conclusions drawn in the book are debatable, the nature of the arguments are intelligent and well-thought of, and can help drive a good conversation on what upward mobility means to those in the working class.

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  • Greg D. Joffe
  • 2017/10/14

Fabulous mix of autobiography and social analysis read by the author

I always enjoy autobiographies read by the author and this was an exceptionally good one. Amazing life story surviving incredible poverty and family challenges but also some robust thinking and analysis about what makes a difference and how things work.

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  • Pieter Reyneke
  • 2017/06/21

Wonderful book.

This book gave me a better understanding and I g of my own life and failures. It is more a self help kind of book as one of literary significance. Well written and it answers so many of the questions to socio-economic problems we are trying to solve.

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  • Nyaribo
  • 2017/06/01

The strangely familiar reality of the American dream

If your like me and your searching for answers about today's world and how to succeed , then J.D Vance takes you closer to the door step of your enlightenment and freedom.

The book is a memoir of an American white man that is rarely shared that transcends race and unites the poor/working class and their struggle for upward social mobility that is strangely familiar.

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  • Frank N
  • 2018/01/22

hilarious

hilarious but original. an ordinary story that everyone can relate to. I so recommend this book

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  • Miss
  • 2016/11/15

SUPERB, insightful and addictive - a must listen

In the wake of this new Brexit and Trump reality, I've been looking for books, documentaries and articles to try and understand more about all the viewpoints and reasons for voting either way, regardless of which side of the fence I personally fall - my overwhelming sense is one of a deep lack of communication and consideration between any one part of society and the others.

This audiobook delivers insight and sensitivity in SPADES and I'm so glad I listened. The story of JD Vance's upbringing, childhood community and transition into adulthood is generously and unflinchingly told, and interwoven with just enough detail on the wider political and socioeconomic history of "rust belt" America. The overall impression is of an almost dynastic family saga all the more affecting for being true - I think Anne Tyler must have a long lost nephew from Kentucky, if I were JD Vance I'd be demanding a DNA test!

Most of all, it's a really compelling listen and I wasn't expecting to enjoy it so thoroughly as I did! Top quality both in the writing and the narration. It can be touch and go when authors narrate their own audio, but Vance does an exceptional job.

A very timely book which deserves all its accolades. Don't hesitate!

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  • J. Cronin
  • 2017/02/17

An important story

Schools, social workers, courts, medical professionals, employers - all have a responsibility to our children and their families in distress; but as JD says, it's the parents of these children that bear the biggest responsibility. When those parents falter, we have to be there.

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  • Albie
  • 2016/10/05

Inspiring fascinating story

What did you like most about Hillbilly Elegy?

The candid writing style and level of detail about the main and auxillary characters. As well as it's ability to act as a window into a type of life which seems very alien from those you often meet.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hillbilly Elegy?

Any of the stories which involved Mamal. Sounded like an amazing woman.

Any additional comments?

Absolutely recommend for those who are interested in the social changes our societies are going through as well as the challenges public policy makers have for the future.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019/04/03

Explained a lot about the rust belt in America.

No problem getting this book read...was facinated from beginning to the end. Explains life for the struggling middle white Americans through a very understable journey. JDVance carries us through each element of Hillbilly life from a micro and macro perspective. Read this and you will understand why the all American dream isnt available to everyone.

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  • ADRIAN O
  • 2019/02/03

Good book, OK performance

The book is good, not great. J.D.'s reading of it is OK, not good. He is a touch on the monotone side, reads too fast, and takes too few pauses. The overall effect is that he's reading words with little feeling, just trying to rush through it as quickly as possible. By the end I was used to his voice and it didn't bother me too much, but it took half the book before I felt comfortable -- it was hard work concentrating just to keep up with the rush of monotonous words.

The 'story' is good, and reveals a lot about his life and where he came from. I recognise flashes of his upbringing in my own life, there's some universal truths about certain backgrounds I guess that work across continents and cultures.

What made this book disappointing was the rave reviews it got last year. It was good, but I think I hoped for more.

The next book I listened to after this was Kevin Hart's 'I Can't Make This Up' and the contrast was amazing. It's a very different book, but his childhood wasn't that different to J.D. Vance's. They had similar problems, similar attitudes, similar expectations of life and similar beliefs. Kevin's telling of that period is so rich, and so well delivered, and it made me appreciate it all the more after just reading this book. I wish this book had been more like that.

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  • Monserrat
  • 2020/02/11

Compelling

Listened in two sittings. Very well written but the narrator rushes his delivery, marring it for me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020/01/26

An interesting introspection of a maligned people

I found JD Vance’s story interesting especially about his Kentucky ancestry but also his personal story later. Perhaps a little more detail at the beginning of the book about the origins of the Hillbilly and why they are who they are as a type of people would have made this book a rare authority on a culture and people exclusively overlooked by intelligent observers such as Mr. Vance.

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  • Qwerty Booster
  • 2019/12/09

Vigilantism

The writer seems determined to titillate with tales of how his family believed in taking "justice" into their own hasty hands. I am swiftly returning this audiobook.

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  • Rui Ribeiro
  • 2019/12/08

Surprisingly addictive and interesting

I had seen the book reviews and the book didn't turn our exactly as I expected. With each chapter ending, i found myself eager to start the next and although I am not very much into personal memoirs, this wasn't a factor with this book, which is a credit to the author and the book.
The book narrates the childhood of the author and it's a good depiction of many of the difficulties faced in may families in the US rust belt. The book is not so much about self bragging about how the author managed to get out of a vicious circle of low opportunities, drugs and alcohol and terrible parenting, to become an Ivy League graduate (as some other similar books end up being), but is almost a bit distant description of what happened and how important the author's grandmother was in allowing him to break that vicious circle. In is clear and vivid description of his early years, there are important lessons that can be drawn to drive public policies to provide more ways out of similar vicious cycles that end up in lack of opportunities and lives miserably wasted and lost in rural America.
Highly recommended.

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  • Adrian J. Smith
  • 2019/12/06

Thought provoking and harrowing

People often look for something high stakes and far fetched to stir the soul, but this tale of everyday life of ordinary folk on the Appellations elicits emotions one struggles to describe.
One appears both awe struck and shocked at the nature of Hill Billy justice (the harsh retaliation for insulting a family member), despairing at the misery caused by drug addiction, touched by the personal tragedy encountered, and stirred to a sense of indignation at how family trauma dims outlooks.
Vance's personal story is a story best told by himself, it's a remarkable story, and any attempt to summarize it within a review is likely to detract from the story itself.
However, the person's story draws attention to the macro issues that are overlooked by identity politics.
Vance rhapsodizes Rustbelt America, an area in industrial decline which has birthed single parent families, revolving door stepfathers, drug addiction, depression, and psychological breakdown.
It's a harrowing portrait and a story that needs to be told.
Yes, white folk are on welfare and have it hard. Yes, success is the result of many variables aligning, and No, not everyone can succeed.
Among the insights Vance offers is the notion that Americans pin too much hope on College, and No, not everyone can make it to College, and how simply making ends meet in small town America can be tough.
Vance points out that far too much emotional energy is given toward blame in its various forms, from government to fat cat corporations and not enough emphasis is given to personal shortcomings.
An additional bonus is the feeling one gets as to why formerly Democrat dominated Appellation America came to despise the elite Liberals embodied by the Clintonistas and the like. It cannot be explained through simple insights and knowledge points, it's something the needs to be felt.
Overall, a harrowing tale, something one should read to both understand and feel Rustbelt America.
Overall, this is a memoir that is felt more than anything, and heartfelt it is. Truly unforgettable.

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  • AndrewH
  • 2017/06/28

An excellent read

For a young man you did extremely well JD Vance. I'm in my 70's and can relate to your memoirs. Your narration is excellent. There is a lot to learn from your story and the way you value the role of each individual who make up that story. Thank you.

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  • Heyjools187
  • 2016/12/18

window view

I enjoyed this book. It was an interesting and in ways quite a disturbing read about the inequality endured on a daily basis.

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  • James
  • 2016/10/07

Amazing story about overcoming the odds

Really enjoyed this unique and personal account of a much wider problem in American society. I could relate to JD Vance's story in many ways, despite being a non-American. The audiobook was read very well by the author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019/01/29

Thank you for the healing!

Amazing to hear the perspective from another person from a similar socioeconomic rung in childhood.
Our experiences may differ, however our struggles are the same.
Thank you JD!

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  • Dennis Atkins
  • 2019/01/03

A deep dive into rural poverty in America

J.D. Vance has written a strong very personal memoir about growing up a hillbilly refugee travelling from darkest Kentucky to the more urban badlands on Ohio. We meet his hotch potch family from a loving & terrifying Grandma, his sister & brother to his drug scarred mother and an array of aunts and uncles and grifting men who move in with mom. He kicks down the doors to the middle class and beyond - graduating in law at Yale and joining a prestigious law firm. He marries and, apart from episodic battles with sine ingrained demons, succeeds in breaking with the desperate Appalachian poverty. While there are deep contradictions in J.D.’s politics, the insights into how his people end up where they do are brilliantly sharp and clear eyed. It’s a must read.

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  • Marguerite
  • 2018/05/15

A book well worth the read

There appears to be such honesty in this frank account of this young mans life. His clever analysis is made all the more impactful because it is his life, his family and his tribe.

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  • Layla Sacker
  • 2018/05/06

Who knew?

Like most people my knowledge of Hillbillies was based on stereotypes with little understanding of this community.
I was fascinated and totally absorbed by the journey of J.D. Vance as it also applied to disadvantaged communities everywhere. I had new insights insight and so appreciated the honest and not self pitying tone of the author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018/03/05

Interesting Biography account of early life includes subjective analysis of 'Hillbilly Culture'

This account is interesting insight into the difficulties faced by children growing up in dysfunctional families from a disenfranchised class called Hillbilly's in USA . The author narrates his story in an accessible way.
There is plenty to discuss and the authors theories provide insights into how he managed to move upward and out of the class with education and the support.

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  • Amanda G Scott
  • 2018/02/10

Thought provoking book

I listened to this book after a friend suggested it. She said it gave insights into the poor who supported Trump. It did provide a confronting window into the lives of the rustbelt poor in America. It also depicted a family in crisis and the poor stock of skills many people have to deal with the situations facing them. Of course many of the problems are found here in Australia too. Some of my extended family post Pauline Hanson opinions on Facebook that would fit seamlessly into hillbilly culture. J D Vance gives an honest account of a difficult life, his subsequent successes and ackowledges those who helped him out of the mire. I recommend it as a great read.

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  • Theresa Cargill
  • 2018/01/18

Amazing!

Enjoyable, eye opening and relevant. This could so easily describe many different communities around the world.

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