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Anglomania: A European Love Affair

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  81 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Mr Buruma's fluency - the ease and erudition with which he mixes anecdote , personal reminiscence, and reportage - should not disguise the seriousness of his book...Readable and intelligent - The Economist

To some, England has long represented tolerance, reason, and political moderation. To others, it is a bastion of snobbery and outdated tradition. Ian Buruma, can speak fr
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 11th 2000 by Vintage (first published 1999)
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If you like me seek insights into and understanding of other nations' fascination (or a lack of it) with Britain you probably took a wrong book. For it only researches feelings of a few representatives of different nations, whose views quite often are at odds with those of the general populace.
This is an enjoyable and accessible popular history of European Anglophiles. The Anglo-Dutch author Ian Buruma discusses Voltaire, Goethe, and many other assorted Continental Anglophiles. Radical exiles, such as the Russian Alexander Herzen, and the Italian Giuseppe Mazzini (and countless others), admired England for its liberties, whilst the Zionist Theodor Herzl admired the manners and breeding of the English aristocracy. This is contrasted with the schizophrenic Anglophilia/Anglophobia of Kai ...more
Patrick McCoy
Ian Buruma has been one of my favorite contemporary public intellectuals with the likes of Christopher Hitchens, and Milan Kundera. He has a vast array of knowledge from Asia (he has lived in Japan and China and speaks both languages fluently), he is of Dutch and English ancestry (essentially he has two native tongues), and has an interest in contemporary politics and religion. He has written books on Japan, China, other Asian countries, Germany and Japan’s post war guilt, Muslims in Holland, an ...more
I tried really hard to finish this book, I'm normally a fan of Ian Buruma and enjoy his cultural analysis but I just couldn't get into this one. I finally got stuck on the story of the man who started the modern olympics and got no further.
I may have another go at the second half of the book one day but, on the whole a disappointing read
Started off a tad slow - kind of like being back in school and having an assignment which taxed one's brain - but Ian Buruma is a terrific writer and this sometimes slightly meandering discussion of (mainly) European attitudes towards Britain and les choses anglaises is brilliant & thought-provoking & informative and I loved it.
Vicki Beyer
I can't do any better than to quote The Economist's review of this book: "Mr. Buruma's fluency--the ease and erudition with which he mixes anecdote, personal reminiscence and reportage--should not disguise the seriousness of his book--. Readable and intelligent."
A creative and incisive look at how Europeans since the 18th century idealized Britain, and the reality. Broad-ranging, entertaining and informative.
This was a desperately turgid read with far too little structure and far too disparate in scope,
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Ian Buruma is a British-Dutch writer and academic, much of whose work focuses on the culture of Asia, particularly that of 20th-century Japan, where he lived and worked for many years.
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