The Purple Decades

[The Purple Decades]
Year of publication: 
Moral assessment: 
Type: Literature
Nothing inappropriate.
Some morally inappropriate content.
Contains significant sections contrary to faith or morals.
Contains some lurid passages, or presents a general ideological framework that could confuse those without much Christian formation.
Contains several lurid passages, or presents an ideological framework that is contrary or foreign to Christian values.
Explicitly contradicts Catholic faith or morals, or is directed against the Church and its institutions.
Transmits values: 
Sexual content: 
Violent content: 
Vulgar language: 
Ideas that contradict Church teaching: 
The rating of the different categories comes from the opinion of Delibris' collaborators

Tom Wolf’s book is a compilation of chronicles which plunges the reader into the diverse aspects of North American society of the 60’s and 70’s. Faithful to his invented style called New Journalism, the author introduces himself in the plot he narrates or in the character that describes through a skeptical, funny but somewhat critical look, and a meticulous description of details.  

The urbanists of New York, the hippies, the university students who struggle for civil rights, the explorers and creators of new contemporaneous art parade throughout the different chronicles. They are written in such a way that they can be read separately, but when read together offers good picture of the society at that time: North America’s morals during the sexual revolution, the hippie movement, drugs, divorce, an individualism that is each time more egoistic and the loss of social virtues and deep relationships, and the whirlwind of frantic consumerism.

It is advisable that the reader knows the peculiarities of Tom Wolfe’s style in order to enjoy reading the book and to understand in depth what the author wants to transmit.

Author: Isidor Ramos, Spain, 2019