The English

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Jeremy Paxman's The English is an insightful portrait of what makes the English quite so, well... English. It asks such questions as: why do the English enjoy feeling persecuted? What is behind their obsession with games? Where did the funny attitude ...Continua
Ha scritto il 21/08/09
History and search of the English identity
Paxman tries to give a historical explanation of the traits that define - or used to define - the English identity. It gives us foreigners little hints on English vs British, it's more aimed at domestic audience. England's national identity was a pop
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Ha scritto il 11/06/08
analizza tutti gli aspetti della vita inglese. a volte mi sono trovata daccordo, altre no.
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the importance of a sense of duty

the emotions are to there to be controlled

any public display of nation

the importance of a sense of duty

the emotions are to there to be controlled

any public display of national pride is not merely unsophisticated but somehow morally reprehensible

nicknames: scots are jocks, welshmen taffies and irishmen paddies or micks, but - another sign of their dominance - it is noticeable there is no similar designation for the english.

apart from at a few football and and cricket matches, england scarcely exists as a country.

1090 reasons why it's great to be english: the weather, pork scratchings, page three girls, charles dickens, the m25 motorway, the world's biggest circular traffic jam, agatha christie and deidre the newspaper's own agony aunt.

it seems to have been important to the english to believe that, like st george, they had been roused from their bucolic idyll to fight monsters.

the idea of the few ( = the english) occurs time and again through popular accounts of english history

there is a case for saying that the invention of the church of england was the invention of england. however, this is not to say that the english are a churchy people

anti-catholicism came from the belief that once the country had gone through the reformation, it was impossible to be both a roman catholic and a patriot

the only way to gain social acceptance in england was to feign indifference.

that's the trouble with the outside world. it keeps on intruding on domestic peace

the english don't much care to be liked. they prefer the company of other misanthropes. since no misanthrope worth the name would actually want to join a club, eager applications must be snubbed.

no nation has identified itself more with the house

the english answer to the streets is the back garden, in which socializing is by invitation only

at the end of the day, instead of sitting on the street chatting, the english would rather go home and slam the door

the damp english air and perpetually overcast sky made the english family seek refuge indoors when in other climates they might have wanted to socialize outdoors.

do-it-yourself is a true national obsession

almost everyone has given their house a name

it is a country of watercolours rather than oil, miniatures rather than monuments

the capacity for infinite surprise at the weather is distinctly english

the english don't give a damn, they couldn't care less what others think

the obsessive english belief that the only real england is some other version of arthur bryant's land of singing milkmaids

the england has no national anthem (lo sapevate?? ciò che è più vicino all'inno nazionale è rule britannia, o land of hope and glory o jerusalem).

any intelklectual position is worth dying or killing for is a leap no english academic could make. it is a cliché that there are no intellectuals in england. it is so untrue. but if you are going to be an intellectual in england, you had better do it discreetly and certainly not call yourself an intellectual

english men are obsessed by breasts

the moment a frenchman opens his mouth , he declares his identity. the french speak french. the english speak a language which belongs to no one

the english have a natural taste for disorder. popular festivities could often turn into physical attacks on supposed foreigners

the violence seems to have a ritualistic el.ement to it and the crowd understood and accepted the limits of what was permissible

in england, streeet insurrection is less often to do with politics and more to do with an innate readiness to trade punches

the english prefer sneaky crimes to anything involving confrontation and violence

once the industrial revolution had drawn workers into the towns, knowledge of country cooking died

molto interessante, variegato, scritto in modo comprensibile e appassionante. LO CONSIGLIO ...Continua

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Ha scritto il 14/01/08
'Them' or 'Us'?
Whilst I enjoyed the book, I'm not sure I saw myself in it all that much. Lots of good stuff on the British v the English thing, on class and the countryside, a nice essay on the weather and house-buying/apartment-renting, but you're left wondering i ...Continua
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Ha scritto il 17/07/07
The book I read when I moved to UK in 2004.
It indeed helped me to understand the awkward ENGLISH-ness. The difference between the expressions British and English was the most impressive discovery I had from this book. Jeremy Paxman's writing s
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