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A Call To Arms For The Civilised,
This review is from: Talk To The Hand. The Utter Bloody Rudeness of Everyday Life (Hardcover)
…The humblest lip-reading TV viewer can spot a labio-dental fricative (or “F”) being formed on the lips of a footballer, with the result that when a permanently livid chap such as Wayne Rooney, with his veins sticking out on his neck, and jug-ears burning with indignation, hurls seventeen assorted labio-dental fricatives at the referee, there is no interpreting this as “ Actually, it was a bit of a dive, sir, but now I’ve learned my lesson and I shan’t be doing it again”. Sports is supposed to be character –forming, but people are turning out like Wayne Rooney, and we are deep trouble.
It is sentences like the one mentioned on Pages 32 and 33 that make this book a joy to behold.
Turn to page 45 and here we read:
Please, thank you, excuse me, sorry-little words, but how much they mean. Last week, a young woman sitting opposite me on a train picked up my discarded Guardian and just started reading it, and I realised afterwards that, had I wanted to do something similar, I would have used the maximum of politeness words (“ Excuse me, sorry, may I? Thank You”) instead of none at all.
What should civilised society do in the present age when the values held firm a generation ago are quickly being eroded? Here Lynne Truss takes a detailed look at modern day society and alerts us to what is wrong with it and how best to address matters that are of grave concern. The reader is urged to take a pro-active stance if he/she takes the view values are taking a downward spiral.
Social commentary at its finest!