07 December 2008

The Anglo Files; Susan Lyall

The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British by Sarah Lyall

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
Another series of essays on the British, this time far less angry than those in A.A. Gill's The Angry Island. Lyall's tone, while claiming to be an American voice explaining the British to those of us on the Western side of "the Pond" sounds more like Madonna's accent than an authentic American voice.

Other than that, it's a good, funny read. The index is sparse, but that's not a major detraction (why an index is needed is another question, one beyond my area of expertise to explain). She covers British sports (although not in great enough detail to really explain them, which is perhaps the point), teeth, food, education, and their penchent for leaving soap on cleaned dishes.

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