The English

A Portrait of a People

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"Modest, individualistic, ironic, [Paxman's] book has all the virtues he attributes to the English themselves." (Evelyn Toynton, The New York Times) Not so long ago, everybody knew who the English were. They were "polite, unexcitable, reserved, and ...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
  • 1 mi piace
Ha scritto il 11/06/08
bellissimo!analizza tutti gli aspetti della vita inglese. a volte mi sono trovata daccordo, altre no.frasi random:the importance of a sense of dutythe emotions are to there to be controlledany public display of national pride is not merely
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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 ...Continua
  • 1 mi piace
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 sounds ...Continua
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