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Ad settled where they I was expecting something completely different from what this book offered It is basically a geography of the England and ow it affects the way people livehousing trade dialect etc The major thrust is about the weather and why it is so varied on such a small island I think the title suggest something a little than that which I thought would be a study of English customs food and why they are so self containedIt is an interesting book if you are looking for a climate explanation but expect not much than that I enjoyed reading this book but it just didn t give me the satisfied feeling that I was expecting This book attempts to describe Strictly Temporary - Volume One (Strictly Temporary, how the country of England made the English as a people what they are today generally as a nation we are perceived as being tolerant fairatred of confrontation fiercely protective of our privacy our omes and our gardens What the author does in this book is describes in detail the long list of very fortunate occurrences that ave joined together to make England and the English namely our geographic location a small long thin island off the coast of Northern Europe fertile soil and a Cheri Red huge variation in landscapes in such a small country Temperate maritime stable weather that varies very little from wet and mild encouraging our green and pleasant land to grow The island mentality that spurned a nation of shopkeepers the industrial revolution and of sailors and a powerful navy that would go on to create an empire This mentality still persists today in our look down our noses attitude to our European neighbours and the continual political rows over the European Union and further integration that the English don t wantThe book goes on to describe why the English love our gardens why we prefer to live inouses than flats and prefer to own rather than rent which is completely different to the French and Germans How urban planning particularly after World War Two when the majority of English cities and industrial areas Discovering Your Heart With The Flag Page had suffered damage from Nazi bombing raids ruined a lot of cities with the 1960 s penchant forigh rise blocks and modernist brutalist architecture Now thankfully our continual love of the terraced Kingdom of Ashes (Nightfall, house back and front gardens mock Tudor look and municipal parksas overtaken the Websters Ii Dictionary, Third Edition, Office Edition high rise and much of theseave been demolished What you get from this book is a sense of England being two distinct places the England of rolling Aladdin hills villages pubs and cricket greens that still pretty much exists and the other England one of urbanisation ring roads motorways out of town shopping developmentsigh rise glass curtained offices and Daddy Must Die huge estates of identikitousing An uneasy marriage but one that still works in a very unusual eccentric English wayA nice read but is bogged down sometimes in fine topographical geographical and meteorological data The national character of the English is not fully investigated The Message Glorious here Perhaps it is too complicated to explain as an Englishman myself I know and understand but for foreigners it may be a little puzzling A fascinating interesting well written read Iad to push myself through certain parts of it the origins of rock for example but virtually every page O Cérebro de Broca had an insightful gem A bit geographical at times but still a very interesting read I felt very intellectual reading this as opposed to any ordinary novel. Ass moored between the Atlantic and the North Sea warmed by the Gulf StreamBecause of all these things we drink too much we're bad at speaking foreign languages and we're shy particularly with the opposite sex But they also mean we're good at defending ourselves fascinated by nature and gardens obsessed with walking indifferent to comfort and determined to preserve the past THe most geologically varied small country in the worldas produced its most idiosyncratic people; and the English character and the landscape of that small country are inextricably linkedFrom the inside front cover.
A fairly enjoyable wittily written book on what makes the English errm EnglishSome interesting facts to be Damia's Children: Rowan 3 (The Tower Hive Sequence) by Anne McCaffrey (1994-02-03) had but the relentless factual style made me feel like I d been put in the stocks and pelted with facts for severaloursObviously in a book of this type you re going to get a lot of generalisations it is to be expected nonetheless some of them didn t really sound like the English people I spend time with I must say A couple of gripes Firstly it is very south centric if you live north of say Birmingham there s not so much local interest material as there is for the rest of us Secondly I thought there was a little too much on physical geographical and geological stuff and not enough on the Breaking The Curse (Sexy Reversed Fairy Tales human angle I found myself skim reading a few chapters as a resultStill a pretty enjoyable easy uick read A fascinating and illuminating book far interesting and thoughtful than its subtitle suggests From why we drive on the left to why we don t talk to our neighbours doesn t cover it at allMount begins by examining the England s geology and showsow its great variety A Banquet of Consequences (Inspector Lynley, has begun to shape its economic activity He moves on to the soil our waterways our towns landowningistory gardens industry He s full of information and most interesting facts which ROMANTIC TAKEOVER he dispenses with a light touch His enthusiasm fostered my enthusiasm This is an engaging and often amusing book from which I learnt a great deal The English landscape is unlike any other country around the world from the patchwork fields to the geology beneath our feet Weave an amazing diversity from salt marches to soaring cliffs sandy beaches to the stunning Jurassic coastIn this book Mount looks at the interaction between the English landscape and the English psyche and ow the land and place in the world that we inhabit as influenced us as much as we Keeper of the Light have influenced it He breaks this down into four categories geography weather geology andistory Each chapter in the book covers an aspect one of these elements and considers just Shattered Spear (The Lost Stars, how the place where someone lives is defined by the soils the rock and by waterIt is a informative book and does make for interesting reading Towards the end of the book the focus drops a little and the solid links that were there in the beginning become tenuous towards the end A fascinating compendium of facts thatelped me understand why English towns architecture and gardens are the way they are and The Homing how geological features and weather patternsave shaped the country Some of it seems self explanatory an island nation is prone to isolationist policies The Women of Easter hello Brexit most industry was centered in the North so it remains a place ofuge grimy cities like Manchester and Leeds But I learned a ton and all the so because I Why Are You So Scared? have been to and thus was able to picture many of the places Mount discusses The first few chapters are a little dry but Chapter 5 on English towns is aighlight and the book picks up from there There s a knowing The Power of One humor to Mount s writing that even an outsider can appreciateSome favorite observations This indifference to bad weather bleeds into the pleasingly unself indulgent side of the English along with its extreme Spartan edges including a positively masochistic taste for discomfort and rain and the ideal combination of the two the campingoliday Where buildings become archetypally English is in the adaptation of Join Harry Mount on The Wolf Gift (The Wolf Gift Chronicles, his journey through England ase uncovers the national characteristics behind the English look a liking for old things for smallness and gentleness; a taste for the picturesue and the slightly shabby; a preference for accidental natural beauty over grand He Who Dares human designs The book explainsow the size of the fields is produced by male inheritance laws and the erratic ways of the rambling English edge; ow the industrial revolution created the modern English waistline; and why the Midlands became the ome of the British curry It identifies the materials that made Engla.
Hose foreign architectural features an example of our make do and mend odgepodge approach to the visual arts our taste for the compromise over the grand projet and our preference for customizing other people s ideas rather than creating our own eg Italian inspired terrace t houses The English aren t good at immaculate idealized beauty whether it s their clothes their art or their teeth The beauty that springs up unbidden from apparent neglect is their thing In England 100 years is nothing and 100 miles is enormous in America it s the other way round This is a very gentleistory of England and the English Do not look ere for rough edges thoughtful criticism and review Here you find an England of rose flanked doors respectful tolerance and shy introspection The basic and probably legitimate premise of this book is that the physical nature of land nature and weather formed the idiosyncratic character of the English So England made the English rather than the other way aroundWell that s a good idea but ow long Stand Up and Fight has England and the English existed And is what the author identifies as English any than the product of Victorian success and 20th Centaury decline And is a Cornish Englishman the same as a Cumbrian And do Cumbrians really exist or are they ghosts of Cumberland and Westland I doubt that English is enough of a fixed entity to be able to pin down the factors that make them so to any one time place or environmental factorI don t think you canave a book that openly admits that the geology of England is varied than almost anywhere else on Earth but still maintain that it is responsible in part for some overarching Englishness Clearly England s geology as ad and still Now Is the Hour has a profound impact on the economy of the country but the dead coal villages of NE Somerset and Northumbria are really very very different despite clear but often unacknowledged similarities Now this book is interesting to read even if I did want to argue with the author on many occasions but some things really need to be tightened up a bit Most of us living in the south of England share DNA with pure blood Celts which would be of great interest if anybody could agree who the Celts were and even if they actually even existed as a distinct people Bath the only naturally occurringot springs in England really There are Londons Glory (Bryant May, hot springs in nearby Bristol I could go on but I think Iave made my pointBut in the end I think it was the circularity of some of the arguments put forward in this book that I found most Jingle Bells hard to cope with A love of ancient ruins is apparently a marker of Englishness because the English countrysideas lots of them So where does this start They are there because they are valued or did they become valued because they were there So this seems to a flawed maybe inaccurate book which nonetheless does try to look at the now contested ground of EnglishnessI would suggest you try to read a few chapters before you press purchase The book was not uite what I ad expected from the title I thought it was along the line of Watching the English ie an anthropological sort of study of why people in England behave the way they doThat s definitely not what the book turned out to be The first couple of chapters were a very detailed look into the geology of the country the groundwork so to speak It followed why the Romans or Normans Nd too like the faint pink Aberdeen granite of the kerbstones; and that precise English mix of air temperature smell and light that its you the moment you touch down at HeathrowThis book spans new England as well as the rolling Troys hills and patchwork landscape of Tourist Board England theedge funder's taste for Victorian terraced ouses turned into minimalist white boxes; and the steel reinforced concrete that changed the English city orizon England and the English ave been shaped by our weather geology and geography; by being a coal rich northerly island off the edge of a vast land