Across the Pond



Americans Have Long Been Fascinated With The Oddness Of The British, But The English, According To Terry Eagleton, Find Their Transatlantic Neighbors Equally Strange Why Must We Broadcast Our Children S School Grades With Bumper Stickers Announcing My Child Made The Honor Roll Why Don T We Appreciate The Indispensability Of The Teapot And Why Do We So Foolishly Insist On Being Friendly To Every Passing Stranger In His Quirky Journey Through The Language, Geography, And National Character Of The USA, Literary Theorist Eagleton Probes The Depths Of American Culture With An Academic S Gravitas And A Comedian S Glee He Answers The Questions His Compatriots Have Always Had But Being British Are Too Reticent To Ask, Like Why We Willingly Rise At The Crack Of Dawn, Even On Sundays In This Pithy, Warmhearted, And Often Very Funny Book, Eagleton Melds A Good Old Fashioned Roast With True Admiration For His Neighbors Across The Pond.Across the Pond

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  • Hardcover
  • 178 pages
  • Across the Pond
  • Terry Eagleton
  • English
  • 24 December 2018
  • 0393088987

10 thoughts on “Across the Pond

  1. says:

    A Dangerous PeopleAn outrageous book Eagleton at his wittiest and most sardonic Only in comparison can we perceive our own insanities British insanities do tend to be less malign and even less fundamental than the American sort, largely because the British laugh at themselvesreadily Put another way Americans on the whole areprofound than their superficial silliness suggest And that may not be a good thing Eagleton appreciates what Harold Bloom noted as the underlyin...

  2. says:

    The Irish are funny and friendly.The British are funny but not friendly.The Americans are friendly but not funny.The French are neither funny nor friendly.Noting the above as stereotypes, Terry Eagleton establishes his premise in the beginning of the book and then zooms off to discuss the differences on both sides of the pond In less than 200 pages, he makes his points with love and familiarity.He has some dillies 1 Aliens are obviously biased toward Americans For some unfathomable reason, Am The Irish are funny and friendly.The British are funny but not friendly.The Americans are friendly but not funny.The French are neither funn...

  3. says:

    I didn t enjoy this book nearly as much as I thought I would Unfortunately, Mr Eagleton lacks the wit of a Bill Bryson His attempts at humor are only mildly amusing, at best There are some piercingly true assessments of the American culture they are just not funny Here is an example from pages 96 97 Because of the all powerful will, Americans are great believers in the fraudulent doctrine that you can do anything you want if you try hard enough In no other country on earth does one hear I didn t enjoy this book nearly as much as I thought I would Unfortunately, Mr Eagleton lacks the wit of a Bill Bryson His attempts at humor are only mildly amusing, at best There are some piercingly tr...

  4. says:

    I wanted to like this book I really did Comparing American and British cultures is a favorite activity of mine But Eagleton took it too far.He injects his own leftist liberal bias into the writing He sets up straw men consisting of any American conservative, or frankly any traditional American Christian and promptly knocks them down I know that stereotyping is going to be prevalent in a book like this, but Eagleton is clearlywrong in certain places, and it made me angry.Now, there are s I wanted to like...

  5. says:

    Terry Eagleton is hopelessly lost on most Americans, a fact of which he is most acutely aware Thus his most recent book, Across the Pond An Englishman s View of America, is a curiously telling addition to his body of work A venerable British scholar s humorous critique of U.S culture, which seems harmless enough until one realizes thanks in large part to Eagleton s penetrating observations that nerves incur damage remarkably close to the surface of Americans thin skins.In the opening chapte Terry Eagleton is hopelessly lost on most Americans, a fact of which he is most acutely aware Thus his most recent book, Across the Pond An Englishman s View of America, is a curiously telling addition to his body of work A venerable British scholar s humorous critique of U.S culture, which seems harmless enough until one realizes thanks in large part to Eagleton s penetrating observations that nerves incur damage remarkably close to the surface of Americans thin skins.In the opening chapter, Eagleton writes No decent piece of writing simply tells it like it is, without a sensual delight in telling it and proceeds to demonstrate his unwavering commitment to...

  6. says:

    If you ve lived in Europe, you know that Americans are considered a safe target for ridicule Just go to a stand up comedy show in London No one makes fun of, say, Pakistanis or Nigerians It s not considered cool to poke fun at the ethnic and religious minorities But Americans are a fair game And the ...

  7. says:

    I hate to give a book a lower grade because it wasn t what I was expecting but that is the case here I thought this would be an amusing Bill Bryson esque type description of what the Brits think of the Americans Although there were traces of this and they were amusing, the author spenttime on the 1835 study Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville and what he thought all those many years ago I would have read de Tocqueville if I wanted that information.The book turned into...

  8. says:

    I see why American readers would take issue but Eagleton takes the piss out of both Americans and Britons In a funny, wry voice, Eagleton manages to offer fantastic insight into the need to take a good look at ourselves and invites us to poke fun at ourselves a little I took my time reading this very short and otherwise rather quick read namely reading almost exclusively on my commute But don t race through this book Aside from the straightforward jokes, and the very subtle ones, it I see why American readers would take issue but Eagleton takes the piss out of both Americans and Britons In a funny, wry voice, Eagleton manages to offer fantastic insight into the need to take a good look at ourselves and invites us to poke fun at ...

  9. says:

    Amusing, perceptive One of my favorite passages Perhaps Americans can afford to be obese because they have so much space to expand into People in the States will say Excuse me if they come within ten feet of you, since they are accustomed to having so much of the stuff at their disposal that they expect you to feel intruded on On the Tokyo subway, by contrast, you can sit in someone s lap for half an hour without their realising On the London Underground they would notice but pretend t Amusing, perceptive One of my favorite passages Perhaps Americans can afford to be obese because they have so much space to expand into People in the States will say Excuse me if they come within ten feet of you, since they are accustomed to having so much of the stuff a...

  10. says:

    In a nutshell, Mr Eagleton thinks Americans suck

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