Across the Pond

Across the Pond

An Englishman's View of America

Book - 2013
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A native Briton describes America and its citizens through his English eyes, humorously questioning their choices in bumper stickers, use of adjectives and superlatives, and their overall lack of appreciation for the teapot.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393088984
0393088987
Characteristics: 178 pages ; 22 cm

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VRMurphy
Nov 10, 2015

The writing is competent, but even though I enjoy what is generally described as the British sense of humour, I did not find that this book was very funny at all. Picked it up and put it down several times, and each time it came across to me as condescending. I don't mind a bit of snark, but this was more like snide.

KCLSRecommends Oct 15, 2014

Amusing, provocative takes on the American character, in contrast to the English and often, the Irish, as well.

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uncommonreader
Mar 20, 2014

Eagleton takes on American language, geography and national character in an occasionally witty manner. However, he relies too much on Henry James and authors from the 19th century. The comments on language are interesting, but the rest is quite boring.

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Rock_Shadow
Aug 23, 2013

Eagleton's poking fun at Americans, Britons, and Irish is refreshing and delightful!

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