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The Xenophobe's Guide to the Estonians [Paperback]

Lembit Opik , Hilary Bird , Ulvi Mustmaa
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Oval Books (31 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906042306
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906042301
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 11.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read 25 July 2013
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I have now read around 20 of the Xenophobe's Guides and this is by far the weakest. I was in Estonia earlier this year and couldn't relate too much of it. This series is a tongue in cheek look at nations and the contents shouldn’t be taken as gospel. It is an easy read if nothing else and entertaining in places. On another note, Tallinn is a charming city, very welcoming and the people are lovely. However, it is not the bargain I expected.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was brilliant read 10 Sep 2010
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I'm an Estonian married to Englishman... Both me and my husband found it to be a very good read... Yes there are some odd bits what I didnt agree with (the one with weddings springs to mind) but all in all it is not too wrong... and gives a quite good humorous overview of Estonians... their culture, thoughts and traditions...

I suppose these kind of books always get mixed reviews, but we enjoyed it... read it through in 2 days... Someone said once that one can only understand their own culture if they have lived away at least in 2 foreign countries... Im on my third and hopefully last one... Not sure how many countries Lembit Opik has lived in but I'd say its not a bad interpretation...
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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In post-Soviet Russian stereotypes, Estonians are extremely slow, and this book seems to have been compiled from Russian ethnic joke websites. The supposedly Estonian "self-ironical" jokes you see in this book are decidedly not Estonian. They are unknown to the overwhelming majority of Estonians. Those who know them either read them from the aforementioned websites or heard them from people who did.

Now, please don't misunderstand me. There is absolutely nothing wrong with making jokes on Estonians. If this book was titled "The image of Estonians in modern Russian humour", I would have no objections whatsoever. But the book's present title is misleading the prospective buyers into thinking that the factual information will be more or less true. It's unbelievable that Mr. Öpik, whom I until now held in highest regard, as well as another author with an Estonian name, have participated in producing this mind-blowing piece of garbage.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Several facts are wrong 21 Aug 2010
By Kata82
Format:Paperback
Even if Estonians cannot be considered to give an objective opionion on the book, the several facts there are wrong. Though some of the information is outdated or inaccuracte, at least half of the descriptions are probably correct.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to Fear About Estonians 31 Dec 2010
By GMK - Published on Amazon.com
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Xenophobe's Guide to the Estonians is a short but informative book that can easily be read in one sitting. It provides humorous insights into the Estonian character that I found to be fairly accurate based on my experiences. I think it would be helpful reading for anyone planning to visit Estonia or for anyone acquainted with Estonians. As with any group, there are always many exceptions to the characterizations contained in the book, but on the whole the authors have captured the ethnic characteristics and present them in an enjoyable and very readable format.
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring 9 April 2014
By Margus - Published on Amazon.com
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Well it should be light, easy reading and fun. Didn't match those criteria. I am disappointed and Estonian. At least the facts are fine.
4.0 out of 5 stars informative 3 Feb 2014
By T. Hendrikson - Published on Amazon.com
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We'll written and reasonably accurate book. Does deal in stereotypes, but there are always truths in those. Recommended for anyone wanting a general understanding of the Estonians .
5.0 out of 5 stars HA! 13 Oct 2013
By Shannon Huett - Published on Amazon.com
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Preparing to move to Estonia for 2 years and this gave me some great advice and insight into the culture.
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended! 2 May 2013
By Philippe Michaud-Boudreault - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good book, highly recommended even if only for the laugh. I wasn't expecting anything at first, but I got a good kick out of this one.
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