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The English par [Paxman, Jeremy]
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What is it 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? 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 spectre 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 the fellow nationalities--Jock, Taffy, Paddy and Mick--but there was no corresponding name for an Englishman. Of course, there is now, and it comes from one of the bits of empire to which so many undesirables were exported: Whinging Pom. --Robin Davidson

Revue de presse

"It is hard to think of anyone better than Jeremy Paxman to shove the English in the right direction." --Daily Telegraph

"Stimulating, adventurous and witty." --The Times (London)

"An intelligent, well-written, informative and funny book." --The Observer

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 324 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0141032952
  • Editeur : Penguin (6 septembre 2007)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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Acheté pour la Fac d'anglais, je ne voulais pas lire le livre car gros pavé et horriblement ennuyeux. Cette cassette audio m'a sauvé la vie et m'a vraiment aidé. Je recommande vivement!!
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Dear reader.....DON'T BUY THIS BOOK...... 23 mai 2016
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Dear reader.....Don't waste your time. Deep pedantry on display from an egotist of the first rank. Paxman is far more interested in demonstrating his intimate knowledge of just about everything.....rather than helping the reader gain more grasp about the subject matter at hand. His writing gets in the way of his communication skills......I've put it down about half way through, and now cry 'Uncle' ......But, if Paxman catches this review, I suggest a seminar or two on creative writing from Boris Johnson.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Those happy few walking backwards into the future 21 janvier 2006
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"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers" - Henry V, according to Shakespeare, on the eve of Agincourt

"... the English have found themselves walking backwards into the future, their eyes fixed on a point some time at the turn of the twentieth century." - Jeremy Paxman

THE ENGLISH by Jeremy Paxman is an erudite, thoughtful, and thought-provoking essay on what it means to be "English". Jeremy addresses eleven general topics in the same number of chapters. The post-WWII loss of identity concurrent with the divestment of Empire. The English attitude towards foreigners. The submergence of English identity in Empire. The nebulosity of the attribute "true-born Englishmen". The English affection for being beleaguered against overwhelming odds (as at Agincourt, Khartoum, Rorke's Drift, Mafeking, Dunkirk, and during The Blitz). The Church of England. The English as misanthropes. The enduring fantasy of rural England. The "ideal Englishman", anti-intellectual and with stiff upper lip. Sex, and the status of women in society. And, lastly, dragging England out of its glorious past into an uncertain future.

Paxman volunteers insights that I, a visitor to England (and Wales and Scotland) multiple, but all too infrequent, times, would never have thought of:

"The picture of (arcadian) England that the English carry in their collective mind is so astonishingly powerful because it is a sort of haven ... a refuge conjured up in the longing for home of a chap stuck deep in the bush, serving his queen ..."

Or, this:

"The English fixation with weather is nothing to do with histrionics ... The interest is less in the phenomena themselves, but in uncertainty. ... It is the consequence of genuine, small-scale anxiety. ... life at the edge of an ocean and the edge of a continent means you can never be entirely sure what you're going to get."

Paxman's narrative is always interesting, and occasionally witty in a dry, English sort of way. Whether his conclusions are correct or not is best left to the judgment of the reader. (Indeed, anthropologist Kate Fox, in the first chapter of her book, WATCHING THE ENGLISH, maintains that Paxman missed the point with his weather observation.) For the most part, however, they seem eminently reasonable to me, although I might have encompassed one or two peculiarities that have become apparent during my lifetime love affair with the country, e.g., that the English seem to lavish more affection on their pets than their children.

Finally, I applaud the author's attempt to tease apart national characteristics of the English from the "British" overlay. Mind you, "English", "Welsh" and "Scottish", are all lumped under the political construct "British", which is oft wrongly equated with "English" by both ignoramuses and those that should know better. After my many visits to the island, what I remember most vividly (and superficially) are: "Mind the gap!", Cadbury dispensers on railway platforms, Marks & Spencer, the smell of coal smoke on a rainy day, the fluttering and cooing of doves in abbey ruins, roundabouts, kippers for breakfast, Indian take-away, the cold mustiness of the cavernous cathedrals, Scotch eggs, London Tube maps, the low-ceilinged (ouch!) gun deck of HMS Victory, time-warped floor boards in ancient wooden inns, gravestones in isolated cemeteries, and the pre-dawn departure of fishing boats from Portree on the Isle of Skye - only a few of which are unique to an English experience, but all are British.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 If at first you don't succeed in understanding this book, read and read again. 5 mars 2015
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This is a "solid" read. The book is a study in complexity. I have had to read and re-read it to grasp the subject matter although brighter people than me may not need to do so. Fascinating, absorbing food for thought. Despite this, Paxman has a light touch.
Try it. Stretch a bit.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book with great insights 6 septembre 2011
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I recently went to England on a "roots" trip to see where my forefathers lived. I read this book along the way and found it extremely helpful. The insights helped me understand how my own culture has been directly influenced by the English culture, and that helps put a lot of my own world feelings in perspective. Humorous when it needs to be, and the author never takes himself too seriously, the book finds the balance between pop-culture understanding and socio-cultural shifts that even an academic would enjoy. Well done, Jeremy, well done.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Enjoyable and informative 22 novembre 2015
Par KhayaR - Publié sur
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Easy narration and sense of humour makes it an interesting read.
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