Xenophobe's Guide to the English
Never overstep the markModerationa treasured idealmeans a lot to the English. Their respect for it is reflected in their shared dislike of any person who goes too far.” Irrational rationalityThe English can admire something without enjoying it, or enjoy something they suspect is fundamentally... show more
Never overstep the markModerationa treasured idealmeans a lot to the English. Their respect for it is reflected in their shared dislike of any person who goes too far.” Irrational rationalityThe English can admire something without enjoying it, or enjoy something they suspect is fundamentally reprehensible. You can never be sure which stance they are going to takethe reassuringly reasonable, or the wildly irrational. I'm fine, reallyStoicism, the capacity to greet life's vicissitudes with cheerful calm, is an essential ingredient of Englishness. Push-me, pull-youTwo equally fundamental but contradictory English characteristics are a love of continuity and a yearning for change. In the English character these two opposite desires vie with each other constantly, which produces some curious behavior patterns and several characteristics most usually observed in the classic split personality.
Publish date: April 1st 2008
Publisher: Oval Books
Pages no: 92
Edition language: English
Series: The Xenophobe's Guide
Really funny. I got this when my friend was cleaning out his books. I will try to find more in this series. Wonderful comments about English people like – “When Lloyd Webber meets Beatrix Potter, nobody will be able to get a seat”.
Interesting and funny, but I had expected more "English wit". :)Especially since even the book put it that well: "In England, brains are optional but a sense of humour is compulsary."Could have been even more humour for my taste. But it was a nice leisure-time book anyway! :)
After reading The Xenophobe's guide to the Germans, where I've worked and lived the past twenty odd years, decided to read the book about my nation. Again I found it amusing and contains many truths. Only after working and living in a foreign country can we really appreciate who we are and see our o...