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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb - must read, 20 Oct. 2011
This review is from: What the Immigrant Saw (Paperback)
By Dr. Madsen Pirie, Adam Smith Institute: There's a great new book just published by JP Floru. It'sWhat the Immigrant Saw, and describes his adventures and experiences since he first arrived on these shores from Belgium and decided to make Britain his home.

The book is superlatively written, and carries the reader along effortlessly with its narrative as JP struggles with local councils, with UK politics, with the NHS, with housing, and with busy-body bureaucrats. He writes in an engaging first-person style, edging his insights with wry humour as he encounters our ways.

He treads the path of a foreigner looking at out foibles with an affectionate eye, a path trod by George Mikes in "How to Be an Alien" over half a century ago. But there is a political punch to the book. JP puts across the essence of what Thatcherism meant, and how it had to fight vested interests and the blinkered ideology of socialism and officialdom. His causes are those of liberty and free markets, and he wears their favours well.

The book is a must read, entertaining and amusing, but informative too. Buy copies for your friends and spread the word.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A recognizable and gripping account of an ambitious man - a must read., 11 April 2012
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There are many books that have been written about people travelling to distant places, discovering interesting cultures and having encounters with the local population.
This book has the adventurous spirit of those books, but depicts life and the changing society of the UK through the eyes of an erudite, refined mind.

Being myself an immigrant in this country, the book was incredibly recognizable. Like Mr Floru, me and thousands of other immigrants moved to the UK to leave the Old Continent behind and live in a freer society we wanted to contribute to. Mr Floru grasps this feeling of initial enthusiasm, and fully understands the demise of the British Society in the past years in an anecdotal but universal manner.
We should have more people like Mr Floru speak out loud, so we remind ourselves why we live here in the first place.

An engaging, witty and recognizable book, clearly outlining the free spirit Britain once had and hopefully will regain soon. I hope this is the first book of many.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - a must read book!, 21 Oct. 2011
JP Floru's first book is a charmingly written account of Britain and its politics through the eyes of an outsider who soon becomes an insider.

Combining the style of travel writing with that of the political anecdote this ex-belgium and current Conservative politico writes a humorous account of 'What the Immigrant Saw'. An entertaining and informative read that is well written in a relaxed style that is easy to speed through - certainly an advantage as the book is un-put-downable.

Political anecdotes include meeting Lady Thatcher, being elected as councillor, running as an MEP and meeting Cameron. However, it is the intimately written personal account not just of these political episodes but of life in general that will ensure the reader will enjoy the book and the affectionate eye Floru casts over the eccentric inhabitants of his adopted home; from the British respect for queues to our enjoyment of picnics in parking lots.

These observations mixed with his distrust of bureaucracy and meddling politicians, an excellent analysis of the current economic situation (written in a jargon-free manner) and an account of getting on in politics ensures the resulting book is both amusing and informative.

This may be Floru's first book, but it hopefully won't be the last the, rather the first of many.
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