Download e-book for kindle: Across the Pond: An Englishman's View of America by Terry Eagleton

By Terry Eagleton

ISBN-10: 0393088987

ISBN-13: 9780393088984

In this pithy, warmhearted, and intensely humorous publication, Eagleton melds a very good out of date roast with actual admiration for his associates "across the pond."
Americans have lengthy been occupied with the oddness of the British, however the English, says literary critic Terry Eagleton, locate their transatlantic associates simply as unusual. in basic terms an alien race might admiringly confer with a colleague as “aggressive,” use superlatives to explain every thing from one’s puppy puppy to one’s rock assortment, or communicate often of being “empowered.” Why, asks Eagleton, needs to we broadcast our children’s tuition grades with bumper stickers asserting “My baby Made the dignity Roll”? Why don’t we delight in the indispensability of the teapot? And why needs to we stay so irritatingly confident, even if all symptoms element to failure?
On his quirky trip during the language, geography, and nationwide personality of the USA, Eagleton proves to be without delay an off-the-cuff and completely idiosyncratic consultant to our unusual race. He solutions the questions his compatriots have continually had yet (being British) dare now not ask, like why americans willingly upward push on the morning time, even on Sundays, or why we publicly chastise cigarette people who smoke as though we’re all spokespeople for the doctor general.

In this pithy, warmhearted, and intensely humorous e-book, Eagleton melds an exceptional outdated roast with real admiration for his associates “across the pond.”

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The village priest will have to return from the most police-ridden Duma into his own village: and however greatly the village has been purged by Stolypin’s punitive expeditions and chronic billeting of the soldiery, there is no return to it for those who have taken the side of the landlords. ”38 In saying “there is no return to it” and “finds it more difficult,” Lenin pointed to a reality about the countryside that was of enormous importance for his argument about the “nature” of Russia’s revolution.

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