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3.0 out of 5 stars Average but it has relevance, 13 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Littlejohn's Britain (Paperback)
The book somehow manages to be annoying, amusing and tedious at various stages so there are times where you just have to stick with it.
The whole thing is a collection of the author's thoughts and observations of how Britain has changed/evolved since 1997 when the Labour government first came to power and none of it is complimentary. The style can be annoying because the author insists on including his own satirical mock interviews, rhymes, songs etc...taken from some of his newspaper columns to parody the politics of modern day Britain - unnecessary and irritating after you've read 3 (and there's a lot more!). The book can also become tedious as the author hammers home the same point for the 10th time in two chapters. Despite all this there is still a very strong reason why this book has relevance. No matter how much Littlejohn may exaggerate some of the most major deficiencies in Britain today and how he blows up certain episodes way out of proportion the fact remains that pretty much all of his observations/comments have a basis in reality. It was amusing to read a review of this book on Amazon.com where the author was criticised for no longer living in the UK (he spends a lot of time in Florida). Clearly the irony of criticizing the author for not living in a county who's way of life he has just damned is completely lost on the reviewer.
The weakness of the book is in its style and the fact that those unaccustomed to life in the UK may not get some of the references or vernacular, but its strength comes when you realise just how much truth is behind the arguments - over-spun or otherwise.
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