Talk to the Hand (Anglais) CD – novembre 2005
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When did the world stop wanting to hear? When did society become so thoughtless? It’s a topic that has been simmering for years, and Lynne Truss says it’s now reached the boiling point. Taking on the boorish behavior that for some has become a point of pride, Talk to the Hand is a rallying cry for courtesy. Like Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Talk to the Hand is not a stuffy guidebook, and is sure to inspire spirited conversation.
Why hasn’t your nephew ever thanked you for your carefully selected gift? What makes your contractor think it’s fine to snub you in the midst of a major renovation? Why do crowds spawn selfishness? What accounts for the appalling treatment you receive in stores (if you’re lucky enough to get a clerk’s attention at all)? Most important, what will it take to roll back a culture that applauds those who are disrespectful? In a recent U.S. survey, 79 percent of adults said that lack of courtesy was a serious problem. For anyone who’s fed up with the brutality inflicted by modern manners (or lack thereof), Talk to the Hand is a colorful call to arms—from the wittiest defender of the civilized world.
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Truss is well known for her book 'Eats, Shoots and Leaves', a book about zero-tolerance for punctuation errors (and, of course, there are some elements of this very review that she would not approve). She turns her same style of lack of tolerance to the lack of tolerance she perceives in general manners and social interactions, as Western society has become increasingly strident and ill-mannered in general aspect. This pervades all segments of society - retail salespeople who assume an attitude of superiority, if they are willing to interact with the public at all; children who have little respect for each other, and no respect for those older; the casual use of profanity in general public, once a great taboo, and now causes little consternation even among the more 'genteel' of people. She also targets those who see the use of the cell phone as a god-given, inalienable right (even in movie theatres and other such venues), and the other bane of modern existence, the computer-automated customer service helplines.
Truss sees no particular culprit in the decline of modern manners, but rather a confluence of different influences - the television culture, which glories in provocation and shock value; the decline of parental authority (either by neglect or by design); finally, the absence of responsibility, personal and corporate. Suggestion of personal responsibility often gets an aggressive if not threatening response.
As some may notice, the real down-side to Truss' text is the lack of solutions, even impractical ones. It is certainly her right, as it is the right of anyone, to complain and decry the downfall of manners, but it would be more helpful if, after shining the light on the problem, there might be some suggestions. I can relate to this text very well, given my Anglican and Anglophile background; the idea of manner to Truss are very English in aspect. I wonder how this would be taken by those of other cultures, whose expectations of manners differ in many ways.
These minor criticisms aside, this was a fun book to read, and a quick book to read. It will make a good gift, and does give one pause and cause for pause for thought.
Commentaires client les plus utiles sur Amazon.com
narration is mediocre and the content of little value compared to her prize-winning
book Eats, Shoots, and Leaves. The item is now in my yard sale collection bin.
By Lynne Truss
The title explains it all. Why are we so rude to our fellow humans? Are we just to good for them? Or in a constant bad mood? The bottom line is, each and every person is not treating others with the respect that they deserve. The book, "Talk to the Hand", puts modern day society into perspective. Lynne Truss gives the reader her ideas about why people are acting the way they are. In a bad mood? You can virtualy dial out of world using ipods. Or talk to your friends through text messaging with a cell phone. These products have interferred with a good old face to face chat with a friend. I saw this happen the other day. Two friends, only 100 yards apart, and instead of making the quick walk over, they simply whip out the trusty cell phone and made a call. Where is society heading? It's anybodys guess at this point. It's as simple as saying hi to the dorky kid at school. Or giving aid to a person in need. Or donating to charity. But it needs to happen now or the future is not looking good.
I really liked how Lynne Truss Wrote this book. I was hooked the whole time and wanted to read more! This nonfiction book is great for the person looking for a quick, entrancing read!