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3.0 out of 5 stars An informative and interesting read - if you can get through it., 25 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Welcome to Everytown (Hardcover)
Julian Baggini - Everytown:

Overall "Welcome To EveryTown" can get a bit annoying. Mr Baggini spends so much of the book trying look impartial and un-judgemental that he comes across as very much so. He despises (nearly) everyone else's views on the nation, apart from his own - which he's not that sure about. Reading his perspective on the different elements of the English psyche you can almost feel his presence, sipping on smug juice and with each word grunting gloats of self appreciation. This would be ok but as the concept of the book is talking about every day England and the every day English man it's hard to read what he has to say objectively when he is quite clearly looking (very far) down on pretty much everything.
That's not to say that he's not got some very interesting idea's here. And annoyingly enough he spends a lot of the time being right about the UK's state of affairs. His perspective on the English mind is very accurate in parts, it's nothing really new but if you manage to navigate your way past the general sense that Julian is always right you'll find an interesting, if not groundbreaking read.
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Initial post: 24 Jun 2011 18:57:35 BDT
JJA Kiefte says:
Why Mr Cholmeley (pronounced 'chumley' no doubt?), do you think Biaggini "(...) annoyingly enough (...) spends a lot of the time being right about the UK's state of affairs" if "His perspective on the English mind is very accurate in parts"? Why does his being right annoy you? Because he doesn't share the S66's inhabitants political ideas or their taste in entertainment and passtimes? If someone here is being smug it's you.
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