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  • 07 December 2018
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CHARACTERS Õ How to Be a Brit Enlarges the picture with How to be inimitable and How to be Decadent All three books were illustrated by the master of the cartoonists’ art the late Nicolas Bentley Here they are all in one volume which will make life much easier for today's would be Brits than I m attracted to the Penguin classic design book and when I saw How To Be a Brit at the Last Bookstore in Downtown Los Angeles it brought back memories of me going to used bookstores in London and finding old Penguin paperbacks from the 1940s That it has illustrations going through the entire book is an additional plus I didn t buy it Two weeks later I saw it at a Tokyo bookstore that has an English language section and they had a stack of this title For sure the perfect book for the foreigner visiting another country Still I didn t buy it It wasn t until I got back from Japan that I went back to The Last Bookstore to locate this damn book I did and went to the library to get other titles by George MikesI have a fascination with books by foreigners writing about another culture Mikes originally came from Hungary and lived in London for most of his life In a sense he became British than the British and on top of that he knew there is a cultural difference between the British and everyone else Some of the commentaries are out of fashion but for me that s not a problem Even the subject matter is not that important to me What s important is Mikes language and his funny observations that border on being stereotyping but that s OK How To be a Brit is actually three short books put together How to be an Alien How to be Inimitable and How to be Decadent which sadly has no Sadian touches but with how the every day British treat themselves Nicolas Bentley s illustrations throughout the book are charming funny and a reminder of Robert Benchley s world In fact there are traces of Benchley in Mikes work Both are the absurd humorists commenting on the everyday life of well people

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CHARACTERS Õ How to Be a Brit It was for those who pervaded them It is said that a few of the latter actually failed to become indistinguishable from the genuine British article because they found it too tiresome to seek out three separate books a misfortune that need never again occur to anyon I registered a book at BookCrossingcom

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CHARACTERS Õ How to Be a Brit George Mikes has written many successful books on a variety of interesting subjects but one so successful as those on the subject most central to his own experience his adopted country The first of these came out in 1946 the ever famous How to be an Alien Later he You can keep a dog but it is the cat who keeps people becasue cats find humans useful domestic animals Upped from 2 star to 3 star for that I ve finished the book but with effort The author is one of those people who laugh at their own jokes He s so pleased with himself that this edition has three different prefaces all about the author and how successful his books are which to say all that is not very British at all I managed one and a half I didn t attempt the third one The ending is a letter from his publisher telling him what a great person he is so fun I can t say I found it either funny or enjoyable right up until nearly the end Perhaps the book is too dated although the English character remains much the same Or perhaps it is because I have recently read several books on the same subject that were uite a lot funnier and recentUnderstanding the British A hilarious guide from Apologising to Wimbledon wasn t that hilarious and was spoiled by the author Adam Fletcher s ire towards those who had voted for Brexit That s going to date the book so fast The other book Watching the English The Hidden Rules of English Behaviourby an anthropologist and sly humourist Kate Fox was really good The author captured far than either Mikes or Fletcher and wrote without the political undertones of either of those authorsThe last part of George Mikes book which wasn t even intended to be humorous was about how Britain or at least London Mikes seems to have euated London with the whole of Britain through the book although those who live in the environs of Penzance Stornoway Belfast or even Ystrad Mynach are uite different Fletcher broadens his British to include those who live in other parts of England but still falls into the trap of presenting specifically English attitudes as common to the entirety of the UK view spoilerSome behaviours such as ueueing self deprecation view spoilerIt doesn t come easily to the British to jump up and down and applaud themselves on reality shows as it does Americans The British have to be coached urged and apparently rehearsed as bigging oneself up is just anathema to the British and considered really really bad manners and cringeworthy hide spoiler Refined Tastes Sugar Confectionery and Consumers in Nineteenth Century America The Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science jokes He s so pleased with himself that this edition has three different prefaces all about the author and how successful his books are which to say all that is not very British at all I managed one and a half I didn t attempt the third one The ending is a letter from his publisher telling him what a great person he is so fun I can t say I found it either funny or enjoyable right up until nearly the end Perhaps the book is too dated although the English character remains much the same Or perhaps it is because I have recently read several books on the same subject that were uite a lot funnier and recentUnderstanding the British A hilarious guide from Apologising to Wimbledon wasn t that hilarious and was spoiled by the author Adam Fletcher s ire towards those who had voted for Brexit That s going to date the book so fast The other book Watching the English The Hidden Rules of English Behaviourby an anthropologist and sly humourist Kate Fox was really good The author captured far than either Mikes or Fletcher and wrote without the political undertones of either of those authorsThe last part of George Mikes book which wasn t even intended to be humorous was about how Britain or at least London Mikes seems to have euated London with the whole of Britain through the book although those who live in the environs of Penzance Stornoway Belfast or even Ystrad Mynach are uite different Fletcher broadens his British to include those who live in other parts of England but still falls into the trap of presenting specifically English attitudes as common to the entirety of the UK view spoilerSome behaviours such as ueueing self deprecation view spoilerIt doesn t come easily to the British to Transforming Students jump up and down and applaud themselves on reality shows as it does Americans The British have to be coached urged and apparently rehearsed as bigging oneself up is Sociology of Higher Education Contributions and Their Contexts just anathema to the British and considered really really bad manners and cringeworthy hide spoiler

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