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The Anglo Files by Sarah Lyall
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Jan 26, 2010

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Read from January 26 to 28, 2010

I'm still listening to this on audio and have mixed feelings about it. Since I am British by birth and education, but a resident and citizen of Canada for most of my adult life, I am both horrified and a little upset at Sarah Lyall's account of the Brits and their behaviour. I suppose the British part of me feels that while it is OK for me to moan about what has befallen my country of origin, I don't like when an American is so critical. On other hand, I often feel despondent when I hear of what is happening over there, from press reports and letters and emails from family and friends, so I do know that much of what she says is true :-(
I do feel that she could be more even-handed, there is after all much to admire about the Brits, and her account as far as I have read it, seems rather biased. However, her style of writing is engaging and I have laughed out loud in places and I am sufficiently entertained to want to continue. I'd very much like to know what others think of the book.
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