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Jeremy Paxman
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6. September 2007
In The English Jeremy Paxman sets out to find about the English. Not the British overall, not the Scots, not the Irish or Welsh, but the English. Why do they seem so unsure of who they are?Jeremy Paxman is to many the embodiment of Englishness yet even he is sometimes forced to ask: who or what exactly are the English? And in setting about addressing this most vexing of questions, Paxman discovers answers to a few others. Like: Why do the English actually enjoy feeling persecuted?What is behind the English obsession with games?How did they acquire their odd attitudes to sex and to food?Where did they get their extraordinary capacity for hypocrisy?Covering history, attitudes to foreigners, sport, stereotypyes, language and much, much more, The English brims over with stories and anecdotes that provide a fascinating portrait of a nation and its people.'Intelligent, well-written, informative and funny...A book to chew on, dip into, quote from and exploit in arguments' Andrew Marr, Observer 'Bursting with good things' Daily Telegraph Jeremy Paxman is a journalist, best known for his work presenting Newsnight and University Challenge. His books include Empire, On Royalty, The English and The Political Animal. He lives in Oxfordshire.

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  • Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin (6. September 2007)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0141032952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141032955
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1,9 x 12,9 x 19,8 cm
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What is it about the English? Not the British overall, not the Scots, not the Irish or the Welsh, but the English. Why do they seem so unsure of who they are? As Jeremy Paxman remarks in his preface to The English, being English "used to be so easy". Now, with the Empire gone, with Wales and Scotland moving into more independent postures, with the troubling specter of a united Europe (and despite the raucous hype of "Cool Britannia"), the English seem to have entered a collective crisis of national identity.

Jeremy Paxman has set himself the task of finding just what exactly is going on. Why, he wonders, "do the English seem to enjoy feeling so persecuted? What is behind the English obsession with games? How did they acquire their odd attitudes to sex and food? Where did they get their extraordinary capacity for hypocrisy?" He ranges widely in pursuit of answers, sifting through literature, cinema, and history. It is an intriguing investigation, encompassing many aspects of national life and character (such as it is), including the obligatory visit to that baffling phenomenon, the funeral of Princess Diana. Yet Paxman finds something fresh and interesting to say about even that now rather threadbare topic. In the end, he seems to find further questions to ask instead of answers. But why not? To him it is a sign that the English are acquiring a new sense of self. And some indication of this might lie in the obvious response to his remark that the English, being top of the British Imperial tree, had nicknames for their fellow nationalities--Jock, Taffy, Paddy, and Mick--but there was no corresponding name for an Englishman. Of course, there is one now, and it comes from one of the bits of empire to which so many undesirables were exported: Whinging Pom. --Robin Davidson, -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


Intelligent, well-written, informative and funny.A book to chew on, dip into, quote from and exploit in arguments (Andrew Marr Observer)

Bursting with good things (Daily Telegraph)

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Fun and easy read 24. Juli 2000
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This book examines the identity of a people that everyone seems to know and have an opinion on but whose history is a bit more complex than that. It's an interesting book in a curious way, and Paxman writes it with ease. He takes us through the historical opinions of foreign travellers and the difficulty the English have had with the 'fall of the Empire'. It is full of little details that one would never think had such an impact. I found it most interesting the notions the English have about themselves had how some if not most of the have little to do with reality. And Europeans accuse the Americans of not understanding that the States may not be 'the land of the free'. The English are just as guilty of dreaming of the beautiful countryside when most live in cities that may not be aesthetically pleasing. If the book had been even more recent I hope that Paxman would have tried to explain the incomprehensible behaviour of English football fans this summer.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen lieferung hat super geklappt 24. April 2013
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es war für den schulunterricht meines sohnes. damit das lesen flüssiger wird und keine sprachhemmungen entstehen. tolle idee vom lehrer.
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The most I ever learned about British people came from Brit Coms or the ever talked about royal family.This book is entertaining and beautifully written.I liked it from the first sentence.While not necessary reading its like the last piece of chocolate cake:why not?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Green and Pleasant Land? 19. Februar 2001
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Jeremy Paxman has written an entertaining and affectionate look at the English people. Wisely, he goes to some lengths to explain that English and British are not synonymous, though many foreigners assume that they are. Overall, his view of the English is kindly, but he does not hesitate to skewer a few pretensions. For example, he points out that the boorish behavior of some English soccer fans is not an aberration, but a throwback to pre-Victorian violence and drunkenness. Nevertheless Paxman spends much time on the inner strengths of the English,such as their capacity to pull together and survive horrendous difficulties like the Blitz. All in all inveterate Anglophiles will find much to enjoy and much to ponder in this work.
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Unlike the other reviewers listed here I have the benefit and handicap of being an Englishman. I was greatly disappointed that one of Britains finest political interviewers whose pursuit of weasel worded politicians is remorseless, has produced such a lazy book. I had little recognition of the English portrayed, he has just peddled tired cliches that were not true even a decade ago. He only merits one star for pointing out the difference between English and British, something many English do not recognise. To all those who loved this book I would say that the English are for more complex and interesting than Paxman portrays us.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Not bad for "The British Peter Jennings" 18. September 2000
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The author is part-Scottish and hosts a TV news show of some sort in Britain. Knowing American newscasters, I had low expectations going into this book -- I expected an earnest, babbling celebrity quickie. Surprisingly, this book is a very literate historical overview of the nature of Englishness. Paxman does a good job of quoting authors and journalists from each era he covers. As a result, you get a good sense of how the Englishmen of each era regarded themselves.
The book goes off the rails a bit near the end, when Paxman stops quoting the historical record and starts extending his own opinions about what the English need. This shift from history to cultural criticism is disconcerting -- it's like the first 4/5 of the book comes from "The Making of the Atomic Bomb", and the last fifth comes from "The Closing of the American Mind." [In genre, not in content, though Paxman does seem to have a slighly conservative streak.] I'm moving to London in about six weeks; once I'm over there we'll see how accurate Paxman's book is. It's a good read regardless.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen How to understand the English psyche 30. Oktober 2003
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I'd never read anything by Paxman before, so like other reviewers, I wondered how academic this might be. In fact, contrary to the reviews on the flyleaf, I didn't find it as funny as they suggested it might be.
But I was not disappointed but delighted. I didn't want some flippant lightweight humourous prose, but I got a very well researched book with some funny bits.
I've recommended it to Americans who don't understand the English psyche.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen a not so good book 21. September 2001
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This book is well written,but if a foreigner reads it he will think that the English are a really bad nation,since an Englishman blames them so much.The book strats off with some attitudes foreigners have for the english and continues with the difference between being British and being english.After that it shows the great changes that have occured the last 100 years to England and the english.It's fine till the end of the first chapter,but from then on it blames the english constantly and it looks more than a collection of all the negative attitudes,offending stories,bad historical moments and people who goofed things rather than an analysis of the english nation.
I wouldn't recommend it either to foreigners or english people.
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