“You’re as far from a gentleman as can be!” – The author’s wife
The tale of how a former green-haired punk rocker acquires manly virtues.
For many, the word ‘gentleman’ conjures up images of an old-fashioned, over-dressed bore who is always opening doors for women – or disappointing them by denying them his attentions.
The author, who is used to giving the finger to manners and all other forms of bourgeois bunk, decides to teach his child to conduct himself with more class. But first he must learn to be a gentleman himself. Joonas Konstig throws himself into this endeavour by taking up the gentlemanly arts, from horseback riding to rugby, from etiquette school to charity work.
During his educational mind-trip, Konstig seeks answers to the questions asked by philosophers since antiquity: What is a good person? How should we live?
Joonas Konstig (b. 1977) is an Espoo-based author and trainer known particularly for his food-themed writing. He won the Kalle Päätalo award for his novel Everything Has Been Said (2011). A Year as a Gentleman has been a bestseller in Finland.
“(…) refreshing, different, simultaneously practical and philosophical. (…) a cultural adventure, not an etiquette guide. (…) As a whole: A Year as a Gentleman is radical conservative ethics as a living, practical experience. For this reason, as many decent – and especially indecent – young men as possible must read this book.” – Helsingin Sanomat newspaper
”The reader gets to meet specialists in good manners and in dress code as well as gentlemen from past centuries. We learn how to fence and to play rugby, and how to prepare oneself for academic festivities. And how to make all this fit in the everyday life of a family with small children.” – Suomen kuvalehti magazine