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I'm an American living in the UK, and I'm also Jewish. I'm not even remotely religious. I'm more Culturally Jewish than religious. I'm from Manhattan, born and raised, and I've been living and working mostly in London, and a bit on the Sussex Coast and sometimes in Surrey. I've been here for the last three years.
I'm also Ivy educated.
I'm not 'Pro-America' at all, nor am I in any way a conservative. America, like all countries, has many positive elements, and many negative elements.
The experiences she talks about in her book, the negative reactions to her accent, the assumptions of stupidity, the rudeness... the comments about Jews... It happens here to me too.
It happens to me all of the time here.
I wish it didn't.
But, it does.
So, in many ways, I found myself agreeing when she described her negative experiences.
That said, I didn't like her book very much at all.
I disliked her writing style, and her political views are very different from my own, so I found many of those rants really annoying.
But, the problems she is highlighting are real.
In general, in the UK, even in London which is supposed to be so cosmopolitan... White, lapsed 'COE', middle class English people... HATE AMERICANS, and they basically think that being a Jew is something that people should be ashamed of.
Not all of them... no... but, far too many feel this way.
It is soooooo depressing.
I was not expecting it. I don't hate anyone based on their religion, or nationality - not even those who have decided to hate me.
It makes life here very, very hard. Too hard to be 'worth it' which I suspect is their goal.