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Watching the English by Kate Fox
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Sep 09, 07

bookshelves: non-fiction, anthropology, reviewed

I loved large parts of this book -- who wouldn't like to see someone hold up a mirror so kindly? Yet, the sections didn't quite make sense, the book as a whole felt unbalanced and uneven, there was repetition that added nothing, and some of the animadversions on how to spot someone of a particular class owed more to stereotypes than to fact.

Which didn't stop it being entertaining, and I have to ruefully acknowledge that well, some stereotypes have a kernel of truth *g*

It's lent a certain amount of entertainment to subsequent conversations with fellow Brits too -- a little like playing 'watching the English Bingo' ;-)

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