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This review is from: The English. A Portrait of a People (Paperback)
Paxman's look at English national character is very amusing and light-hearted. Taking as its premise the fact that because "English" no longer means "British" it is time to get to the root of our national character.
This book is obviously not intended as a wholly-serious book, and Paxman accordingly steers us through an amusing array of events from history, contemporary history and interviews with selected figures or organisations. At the end of it there one is left with a slight feeling that he has merely compiled a list of adjectives, often contraidctory, to describe the English, yet he does look at some interesting diversions for example football hooliganism.
I'm not sure if this book is meant to be taken entirely seriously, but it is a fine piece of writing that is written is an easy-to-read style, yet raises a number of philosphical points. Perhaps it's main strength is that it raises more questions than it answers.