The Angry Island: Hunting the English

The Angry Island: Hunting the EnglishThink Of England, And Anger Hardly Springs To Mind As Its Primary National Characteristic Yet In The Angry Island, A A Gill Argues That, In Fact, It Is Plain Old Fury That Is The Wellspring For England S Accomplishments The Default Setting Of England Is Anger The English Are Naturally, Congenitally, Collectively And Singularly Livid Much Of The Time They Re Incensed, Incandescent, Splenetic, Prickly, Touchy, And Fractious They Can Be Mildly Annoyed, Really Annoyed And, Most Scarily, Not Remotely Annoyed They Sit Apart On Their Half Of A Damply Disappointing Little Island, Nursing And Picking At Their Irritations The English Itch Inside Their Own Skins They Feel Foreign In Their Own Country And Run Naked Through Their Own Heads.Perhaps Aware That They Re Living On Top Of A Keg Of Fulminating Fury, The English Have, Throughout Their History, Come Up With Hundreds Of Ingenious And Bizarre Ways To Diffuse Anger Or Transform It Into Something Benign Good Manners And Queues, Cul De Sacs And Garden Sheds, And Almost Every Game Ever Invented From Tennis To Bridge They Ve Built Things, Discovered Stuff, Made Puddings, Written Hymns And Novels, And For People Who Don T Like To Talk Much, They Have Come Up With The Most Minutely Nuanced And Replete Language Ever Spoken Just So There Ll Be No Misunderstandings.The Angry Island By Turns Attacks And Praises The English, Bringing Up Numerous Points Of Debate For Anglophiles And Anyone Who Wonders About The Origins Of National Identity This Book Hunts Down The Causes And The Results Of Being The Angry Island. I really like Adrian Gill s writing so was looking forward to reading what I thought would be an amusing book about the English and their foibles However, I didn t finish this book because it rather stuck in my craw tha
Most foreign observers of the English like American Bill Bryson typically focus on the charm or silliness of British culture and manners But Gill, a native who originally hails from Scotland despite his Received Pronunciation accent today , skewers his homeland and culture in a take no prisoners way He s cruel, never to be kind My apologies to the Bard of Avon Gill s strongest criticism about his native land is the English propensity to romanticize the past He completely dismantles the golden age mentality of his countrymen and woman whenever they think nostalgically about the Victorian period and those halcyon days when the UK was an empire on which the sun never set He also has many an unkind word about the English countryside According to Gill, the gently rolling fields and hedgerows that blanket the landscape mask a dark and in bred rural society And if you ve ever seen the wickedly funny League of Gentlemen series from the BBC, you ll know
England s default setting is anger lapel poking, Chinese burning, ram raiding, street shouting, sniping, spitting, shoving,vengeful, inventive rage But many of the traits and tics that make the English so singular and occasionally admirable are the deflective mechanisms that they ve invented to diffuse anger The tolls and speed bumps and diversions of anger Not giving in to your nature is very English, clinging on, white knuckled, bottling the urges, refusing to slide into spittle flecked release of snarling national fury.The simplest and most straightforwards way to replace the pin is an apology The S word There is sorry, I apologize sorry, I don t apologize sorry, you can take this as an apology, but we both know it isn t one sorry, will you shut up sorry, empathy sorry for your loss sorry, I can t hear you sorry, in
A.A.Gill protests too much, of course, ascribing much of his own sham anger to the English that he describes This makes for cuttingly witty prose, but after a few chapters, it does get to be a bit one note Gill is at his best where he engages in serious cultual criticism, as in his discussion of British war monuments, or the vestigial class system that continues to affect many people s daily reality So, an instructive and often entertaining read, but not one I ll return to often As a
2.5 stars I love AA Gill s pieces in Vanity Fair and was curious what his longer form writing might be like He has witty wordplay and can turn a sharp phrase This was a little too sharp for me there is a not very fine line between sarcasm and racism and unfortunately Gill spends too much time on the wrong side of that line His hatred of the English is not satire or good natured it s a very real anger that fuels some very real attacks.The colle
Just very, very, annoying does that prove his hypothesis I read this based on a quote for it that I thought was very true, but the book failed to live up to this in a big way Excessive generalisations and dodgy conclusions abound, with the book full of stupidities like When I got back to London a week after the announcement that London had won the
Done I can pretty much predict what he will say at this point and it is not worth my time to read any I just don t want to spend any time with this writer I got this book out of the library and it looks like it has been on the shelves for 13 years and while people check it out, they send it back I like a clean library book than most but sometimes the ones tha
I saw recommendation of this book somewhere and borrowed it from the library What a trash it turned out to be The author just keeps showing off his command of rare archaic words to express his bigoted ideas The first few chapters were particularly horrible But being a person who does not gi
A strangely hate filled, bullying, jealous, angry rant against the English, whic isveverything he claims the English are and yet he doesn t seem to recognise any of those characteristics in himself Identifies himself as a Scot despite living and being educate
It s interesting to read what an Englishman thinks of England and its people And in the case of A.A Gill, he doesn t like his fellow citizens that much Yet, there is a certain amount of grace and understanding of his fellow Brits But nevertheless this is sort of a sad book Especially the drinking part of the book, which is also a big part of contemporary British culture As an American I find the U.K

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  • Hardcover
  • 227 pages
  • The Angry Island: Hunting the English
  • A.A. Gill
  • English
  • 04 May 2018
  • 9781416531739