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1.0 out of 5 stars Outdated fairy tale Britain, 3 Nov. 2012
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I ordered this book because I wanted to send an introduction to Britain to some Indian youngsters I met on holiday. This is, however, so embarrassingly inacccurate and out of date that I will not send it. It presents a Disneyland Britain of castles, cathedrals and stately homes, with no reference to how 99% of British people actually live. No pubs, no sports grounds, none of the spectacular modern buildings in London and beyond. No reference to the diversity of the population, with our Indian and Italian restaurants, our black Olympians. No motorways or railways or airports; no Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds. No reference to a modern Britain that brought the world jet engines, patrliamentary democracy, the internet, programmable computers, DNA testing, stainless steel, antibiotic drugs, and, most important of all, industrialisation and the megacity. What a missed opportunity.
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Initial post: 18 Jan 2013 18:05:25 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Jan 2013 18:08:58 GMT
To be fair, it was written in 1974, and Sasek died in the 1980, so not writing about the internet is less a missed opportunity than not much opportunity at all, what with him being dead. This is a reprint of the original and is more a period piece than a useful introduction to the UK for modern kids. I agree an updated, redrawn one might be nice - but then it wouldn't be Sasek.
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