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4.0 out of 5 stars Quest for a black man�s self-understanding
Caryl Phillips, a black man brought up in England, decided to tour Europe to try to understand what makes a white European and what makes the difference between him and them. The social heaviness of this premise is lightened by Phillips's excellent writing style that is both intelligent and humorous. Although a study on Europe the USA also come in for a bashing- American...
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2.0 out of 5 stars A curiously one-sided account.
I would like to know who paid for this very extensive and expensive trip around Europe, undertaken, it would seem, to confirm the view that Europe is full of racists and bogus symbols of its own inflated self-importance. Philips understands little (observing that Munich was not much bombed during the war) and likes even less. He riles at drunken tourists but gets drunk...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quest for a black man�s self-understanding, 1 Feb 2003
This review is from: The European Tribe (Vintage International) (Paperback)
Caryl Phillips, a black man brought up in England, decided to tour Europe to try to understand what makes a white European and what makes the difference between him and them. The social heaviness of this premise is lightened by Phillips's excellent writing style that is both intelligent and humorous. Although a study on Europe the USA also come in for a bashing- American tourists making careless comments being one of Phillips sources for both comedy and prejudice.
Unfortunately, Phillips never really answers his own question on what makes Europeans similar and by the end seems just as confused as he was to start. It seems that even though he has made some progress he has answered up even more channels of study. In a way this conclusion makes TET more human and true- Phillips seems to be saying throughout the book that all individuals are unique and therefore a study of a continents people is almost doomed to failure.
Having said that Phillips does make some very good observations as he travels Europe and as he sees the world as a black Englishman looking for some kind of identity. The passages on Auschwitz are especially moving and give some insight into persecution.
TET is an entertaining, moving and insightful book about identity and self-knowledge if a somewhat flawed study on a racial group.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A curiously one-sided account., 1 Jan 2013
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I would like to know who paid for this very extensive and expensive trip around Europe, undertaken, it would seem, to confirm the view that Europe is full of racists and bogus symbols of its own inflated self-importance. Philips understands little (observing that Munich was not much bombed during the war) and likes even less. He riles at drunken tourists but gets drunk himself (in France) and goes to a night club or clip joint in Norway where he narrowly avoids being picked up by a woman from Trinidad. He observes the tackiness of Poland but resents their admiration of America. Italy prompts him to speculate about Othello. A very uneven account of a breathtaking journey through 1980s Europe, it tells us more about its author than its ostensible subject.
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