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Across the Pond: An Englishman's View of America Hardcover – 18 Jun 2013
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[Eagleton is] clearly a writer who enjoys being a provocateur: there s something to argue with on pretty much every page of Across the Pond, and usually something downright hilarious, too. Great stuff Terry Eagleton is a funny man. --Geoff Nicholson"
Incisive and honest Eagleton s contribution to the persistent subgenre of Toquevillian analysis: the European curmudgeon s critical, ultimately appreciative and, in Eagleton s case, loving guide to the wacky Yanks and their nation.--Michael Washburn"
His mode is that of a jocular anthropologist, pint in hand, chattily offering up his opinions.--David Wolf
Incisive and honest... Eagleton's contribution to the persistent subgenre of Toquevillian analysis: the European curmudgeon's critical, ultimately appreciative and, in Eagleton's case, loving guide to the wacky Yanks and their nation.--Michael Washburn
Terry Eagleton has a gift for the kind of generalizations that at first appear outrageous but seem, on reflection, annoyingly perceptive. Were I one of the expressive Americans he describes, I'd call this book awesome; as a constipated Brit, I'm inclined to say that it is not at all bad.--Henry Hitchings, author, The Secret Life of Words
About the Author
Terry Eagleton was born in Manchester, England. The author of more than forty books, including the seminal Literary Theory: An Introduction, he has taught at Oxford, Cambridge, and the University of Manchester. He resides in Dublin, Ireland, with his wife and children.
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The author tries very, very hard to be funny. Unfortunately, he usually doesn't succeed but is just plain silly. If he occasionally manages to write something that is somewhat witty, he destroys it right again by reiterating the joke over and over. Actually, he does a lot of reiterating in general. Most of the book is the author using the same three to four boring stereotypes and rambling on about them in a very unstructured way. Was that really all he could find to say about Brits and Americans?
Many of the things written in this book are not even accurate. It's hard to believe that Terry Eagleton really lived in the US because almost everything he writes about the Americans sounds as if he got it from a bad sitcom of the 70s. There are a few good observations about both Americans and Brits that show the potential of the book, but they are quickly drowned in unsuccessful attempts to be humourous and the employment of clichés.
So, I found this book to be neither informative nor entertaining. I often recommend books about different cultures to my clients, but this one I would only recommend as an example of how to use old stereotypes in the most unimaginative way possible.
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