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The Angry Island: Hunting the English [Ebook] ➨ The Angry Island: Hunting the English By A.A. Gill – Think 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 Think of England and anger Island: Hunting Kindle Ò hardly springs to mind as its primary national characteristic Yet in The Angry Island A A Gill argues The Angry PDF \ 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 Angry Island: Hunting Epub à 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 headsPerhaps 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 ueues 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 misunderstandingsThe 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.

10 thoughts on “The Angry Island: Hunting the English

  1. Helen Edwards Helen Edwards says:

    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 that a man who spent almost the entirety of his life in England married two English women had two English children saw fit to heap bile on the English

  2. Erik Erik says:

    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 AvonGill’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 exactly what I’m talking about hereOddly this most caustic of cultural critics was awarded a place – or portrait really –earlier this decade in London’s National Portrait Gallery One of my favorite haunts when I’m in town by the by Even if Gill’s criticism of his island and fellow Brits is true let it be known that they adore him nonetheless And can have a laugh at themselves to boot

  3. Matt Matt says:

    England's default setting is anger lapel poking Chinese burning ram raiding street shouting sniping spitting shovingvengeful 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 furyThe simplest and most straightforwards way to replace the pin is an apology The S wordThere 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 incredulity; sorry I don't understand you; sorry you don't understand me; sorry excuse me; sorry will you hurry up; sorry I don't believe you; sorry I'm interrupting; sorry this won't do; sorry I've reached the end of my patience; sorry sad and pathetic as in sorry excuse or sorry little manSorry is a prophylactic word It protects the user and the recipient from the potentially explosive conseuences of the truth

  4. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    AAGill 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 side note after reading both this book and Jon Ronson's The Psychopath Test I want to know about their feud

  5. Debra Komar Debra Komar says:

    25 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 attacksThe collection of essays touch on a truly bewildering array of topics The better pieces are the personal ones where Gill himself is the subject rather than the people of England Rough stuff Can't say I'd recommend it

  6. Rose Rose says:

    Just very very annoying does that prove his hypothesis? I read this based on a uote 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 bid no one mentioned the Olympics it had become rather embarrassing or just maybe the horrendous terrorist attack London experienced just after the announcement took people's minds off the Olympics somewhat

  7. Kate Kate says:

    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 that are grimy are grimy because everyone who checks them out loves them to pieces Others may disagree but I have so many interesting books to read that I am moving on

  8. Paul Winter Solstice Paul Winter Solstice says:

    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 give up easily I trudged through the whole book Oh gosh what a torture

  9. Mary Mary says:

    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 educated in England and never choosing to live in Scotland Deluded

  10. Lysergius Lysergius says:

    A collection of essays about the English Gill's premise is that they are an angry people hence the title besotted with nostalgia and things ain't what they used to be His description of the National Trust is classic A fine angry rant solidly based on observation and first hand experience

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