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The Xenophobe's Guide to the Portuguese (Xenophobe's Guides) [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Hancock
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A guide to understanding the Portuguese which dispels or confirms preconceived prejudices with humor and insight.

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For a Portuguese, being away from home is akin to a disability, one that attaches itself to the soul like glue. When he, as a grown up man in his 50s returns (and return he must) 'back home' every Sunday for lunch, he will still be regarded by his village elders as the "poor little one who moved away." Xenophobe's[registered] Guide to the Portuguese

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 488 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Xenophobe's Guides (25 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GL9R7I2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #233,020 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that funny 15 May 2014
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Disclaimer: I am portuguese.

After my trip to Japan, I bought the Xenophobe's Guide to the Japanese, which was super funny.
I bought this one afterwards to get a few more laughs, but found it to be just boring, and inaccurate (I found myself saying too often "that's just not true").
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hit or miss. 9 April 2015
Just skimmed the book at a local bookstore.

Did not read it completely, so I may have a small sample to judge from, but it seems a hit or miss kind of thing.

The problem is the misses. There are some things that are just so blatantly wrong. The author tries to exaggerate some things for humour's sake and when they are not true, its wide of the mark.

About the hits.. yeah, there are quite a few "deserved observations". Enough to recommend the book to any foreigner coming to Portugal, for he may find there some insights about our people. Let each one find for himself what's wrong and what's not.

We are really mostly friendly and welcoming, so come check it out. And we do have a lot in common with the Spanish. Its the closest to us there is in the world, certainly more then Brazil.

PS: The thing about the driving is mostly true (only a bit exaggerated in the determination thing). I've only seen worse in the Caribbean. So take care.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Happy it was free. 21 Sept. 2014
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Having lived and worked in Portugal for the last 21 years I found the book very simplistic, rather boring and factually inaccurate on numerous occasions. However it was free so who am I to complain.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A PLEASURE TO READ 24 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Matthew Hancock has written, with great affection, an amusing booklet that succinctly sums up the Portuguese. So much of what he says accurately reflects the people I remember from Moçambique.
I note that another reviewer has criticised the author for his many inaccuracies, but this was not meant to be a "carved-in-granite" doctoral thesis. It is what it is - a light-hearted, well-written, and most importantly for me, a carefully edited booklet.
Thank you, sir, for an interesting and informative 45minutes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, informative 26 Dec. 2014
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Funny, informative, easy to read. Best picked up and read in bits at a time so you can absorb it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 Nov. 2014
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Great read. Pinch of salt may be required.
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