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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Travel Read, 25 Nov. 2013
This review is from: How Not to Be American: Misadventures in the Land of the Free (Paperback)
What's it called when something is funny and sad at the same time? There's a lot of that in How Not to be An American, so does that mean your face makes strange contortions when you're reading it on the plane? This book is a selection of 25 articles, or essays, each portraying some aspect of the fall of modern America. It's all very personal however, and this isn't some ivory tower attack, but a look from the bottom up . . . there's quite a lot about growing up in America, and being a kid, and there is some very funny stuff in there.

I loved this book, and have read most of it twice. There is an essay called The Better Burger Bureau, which kind of says it all, but getting this up close and personal with America, can be quite uncomfortable at times, though most of it is high farce, comic observation, or occasionally plain silly . . . such as McEwen's list of unfilmable films which he feels should be made, for the motion picture form to reach its apotheosis, such as:

Paradise Lost (1947) TECHNICOLOR dir. Alfred Hitchcock. Don Ameche, Loretta Young. 'In Yellowstone National Park, a blind, psychotic forest ranger frames a newlywed couple for littering.'

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