Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door
"Talk to the hand, ’cause the face ain’t listening," the saying goes. When did the world stop wanting to hear? When did society become so thoughtless? It’s a topic that has been simmering for years, and Lynne Truss says it’s now reached the boiling point. Taking on the boorish behavior that for... show more
"Talk to the hand, ’cause the face ain’t listening," the saying goes. When did the world stop wanting to hear? When did society become so thoughtless? It’s a topic that has been simmering for years, and Lynne Truss says it’s now reached the boiling point. Taking on the boorish behavior that for some has become a point of pride, Talk to the Hand is a rallying cry for courtesy. Like Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Talk to the Hand is not a stuffy guidebook, and is sure to inspire spirited conversation. Why hasn’t your nephew ever thanked you for your carefully selected gift? What makes your contractor think it’s fine to snub you in the midst of a major renovation? Why do crowds spawn selfishness? What accounts for the appalling treatment you receive in stores (if you’re lucky enough to get a clerk’s attention at all)? Most important, what will it take to roll back a culture that applauds those who are disrespectful? In a recent U.S. survey, 79 percent of adults said that lack of courtesy was a serious problem. For anyone who’s fed up with the brutality inflicted by modern manners (or lack thereof), Talk to the Hand is a colorful call to arms—from the wittiest defender of the civilized world.
Publish date: November 8th 2005
Pages no: 216
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
Lynne Truss is fabulous. This book, however, is not. Basically, it lacks direction. A collection of essays on the six things society has embraced which will make you want to remain at home with the door barred, it takes its brief a little too intelligently, including quotes from anthropoligical te...
Very funny look at rudeness in modern society, particularly in the UK.
The attempts at humor are a little too forced; the conclusion is achieved quickly with not much argument. Not as good as Eats Shoots and Leaves.
I agreed. And it made me sad. And I don't know how to solve it and neither does Lynne Truss.But it was Effing wonderful to be so Effing validated!
A great many amusing anecdotes and some very good thoughts, but jumbled and ill-organized. She started a lot of thoughts and pulls out a lot of theories, but never conclusively decides to follow any of them to any logical end. She muses on manners and civility and ethics and morality and social more...