The Measure of a Man by JJ Lee
The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews

The latter quality may be common in fashion journalism, but it’s intrusive in an otherwise thoughtful and intermittently provocative memoir.
-National Post arts

Synopsis

FINALIST - Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction (2012)
FINALIST - Governor General's Literary Award - Non-Fiction (2012)
FINALIST - BC Book Prize's Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize (2012)
 
A son’s decision to alter his father’s last surviving suit for himself is the launching point for this powerful book – part personal memoir, part social history of the man’s suit – about fathers and sons, love and forgiveness, and learning what it means to be a man.
 
For years, journalist and amateur tailor JJ Lee tried to ignore the suit hanging at the back of his closet. It was his father’s suit. But when JJ decides to make the suit his own, little does he know he is about to embark on a journey to understand his own past.
 
As JJ cuts into the jacket, he begins to piece together the story of his relationship with his father, a charismatic but troubled Montreal restauranteur whose demons brought tumult upon his family. JJ also recounts his own ups and downs during the year he spent as an apprentice at Modernize Tailors – the last of the great Chinatown suitmakers in Vancouver – where, under the tutelage of his octogenarian master tailor, he learns invaluable lessons about life. Woven throughout JJ’s tale are stories of the suit’s own evolution, illuminating how this humble garment has, for centuries, been the surprising battleground for the war between generations.
 
Written with great wit, bracing honesty, and narrative verve, and featuring line drawings throughout by the author, The Measure of a Man is an unforgettable story of love, forgiveness, and discovering what it means to be your own man.

 

About JJ Lee

See more books from this Author
JJ LEE is the menswear columnist for the Vancouver Sun and broadcasts a weekly fashion column for CBC Radio in Vancouver. He spent a year as an apprentice at Modernize Tailors and was featured in the award-winning film about the shop, Tailor Made: The Last Tailor Shop in Chinatown. In 2007, he wrote and presented an hour-length radio documentary on the social history of suits, entitled The Measure of Man, for CBC Radio's Ideas. Lee lives in New Westminster, where he works as a creative consultant for a design firm.
 
Published September 27, 2011 by McClelland & Stewart. 306 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for The Measure of a Man
All: 2 | Positive: 1 | Negative: 1

Globe and Mail

Above average
Reviewed by CARLA LUCCHETTA on Sep 06 2012

But this is not your average history lesson. Lee...also tells a very personal and yet universal story about a son’s quest to understand his father’s life, and their relationship.

Read Full Review of The Measure of a Man: The St... | See more reviews from Globe and Mail

National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Brett Josef Grubisic on Dec 02 2011

The latter quality may be common in fashion journalism, but it’s intrusive in an otherwise thoughtful and intermittently provocative memoir.

Read Full Review of The Measure of a Man: The St... | See more reviews from National Post arts

Reader Rating for The Measure of a Man
82%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 7 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×