Cultural Insurrection: Natural Wine and Agriculture to the Rescue

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  • Cultural Insurrection is a difficult book to read (think of its title and its meaning). It is hard to see author Jonathan Nossiter’s focus and his vision of his readership. Originally published in French in 2015, this is a translation. His language is arduous, with long sentences and difficult words, making reading demanding. Perhaps the focus may be described as an autobiography, as most of the long text is about the author. Since he is a film-maker and sommelier, these two topics are always at the forefront of the writing. The book is filled with philosophy but includes many other subjects. The twenty-nine chapters may be regarded as just as many essays, and the reader may read them independently. Because of the lack of clear focus and his moving from subject to subject, it feels like the author is blathering. Artists and their roles in society from ancient times to present are also in the focus of Nossiter’s writing, equally so his discussion of natural wines. The reader will find a wide range of topics from chemical companies through politics to Vermont’s natural wine.

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Author Jonathan Nossiter
Star Count 2/5
Format Trade
Page Count 272 pages
Publish Date 2019-05-21
ISBN 9781590518267
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Issue June 2019
Category Cooking, Food & Wine


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