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Idiosyncratic character of the English So England made the English rather than the other way aroundWell that s a good idea but how long 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 can have 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 has had and still 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 nacknowledged 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 p a bit Most of s 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 occurring hot springs in England really There are hot springs in nearby Bristol I could go on but I think I have 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 hard to cope with A love of ancient ruins is apparently a marker of Englishness because the English countryside has 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 ite what I had 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 had settled where they did and how that shaped the development of the countryThe next chapters go on to speak about the weather the railway and this is also when the author makes comparisons to life on the continent and how the English climatesoil etc made different developments possible Very interested was the chapter on building with local stone and distinctive styles of buildingsI felt that while the book was excellently researched the comparisons were not 100% scientific rather based on the author s observation on what he d seenheard of life elsewhere That said I still liked this a lot it was a good read and gave me some insights I might not have come p with on my ownIt s a book you ll like if you like England a lot not a book for someone who wants to nderstand the country or its people better But if you like England than this is a great read Nd too like the faint pink Aberdeen granite of the kerbstones; and that precise English mix of air temperature smell and light that hits you the moment you touch down at HeathrowThis book spans new England as well as the rolling hills and patchwork landscape of Tourist Board England the hedge funder's taste for Victorian terraced houses turned into minimalist white boxes; and the steel reinforced concrete that changed the English city horizon England and the English have been shaped by our weather geology and geography; by being a coal rich northerly island off the edge of a vast land
Was expecting something completely different from what this book offered It is basically a geography of the England and how 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 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 fair hatred of confrontation fiercely protective of our privacy our homes and our gardens What the author does in this book is describes in detail the long list of very fortunate occurrences that have 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 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 in houses than flats and prefer to own rather than rent which is completely different to the French and Germans How rban planning particularly after World War Two when the majority of English cities and industrial areas had suffered damage from Nazi bombing raids ruined a lot of cities with the 1960 s penchant for high rise blocks and modernist brutalist architecture Now thankfully our continual love of the terraced house back and front gardens mock Tudor look and municipal parks has overtaken the high rise and much of these have been demolished What you get from this book is a sense of England being two distinct places the England of rolling hills villages pubs and cricket greens that still pretty much exists and the other England one of The Ascent of Man urbanisation ring roads motorways out of town shopping developments high rise glass curtained offices and huge estates of identikit housing Anneasy marriage but one that still works in a very The Grand Sophy 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 here Perhaps it is too complicated to explain as an Englishman myself I know andnderstand but for foreigners it may be a little puzzling A fascinating interesting well written read I had to push myself through certain parts of it the origins of rock for example but virtually every page 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 nove. 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 world has produced its most idiosyncratic people; and the English character and the landscape of that small country are inextricably linkedFrom the inside front cover.
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A fairly enjoyable wittily written book on what makes the English errm EnglishSome interesting facts to be had but the relentless factual style made me feel like I d been put in the stocks and pelted with facts for several hoursObviously 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 Winners Dream us Secondly I thought there was a little too much on physical geographical and geological stuff and not enough on the human angle I found myself skim reading a few chapters as a resultStill a pretty enjoyable easyick 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 shows how its great variety has begun to shape its economic activity He moves on to the soil our waterways our towns landowning history gardens industry He s full of information and most interesting facts which 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 nlike any other country around the world from the patchwork fields to the geology beneath our feet We have 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 how the land and place in the world that we inhabit has influenced s as much as we have influenced it He breaks this down into four categories geography weather geology and history Each chapter in the book covers an aspect one of these elements and considers just 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 that helped me Harveys Revised English Grammar understand why English towns architecture and gardens are the way they are and how geological features and weather patterns have shaped the country Some of it seems self explanatory an island nation is prone to isolationist policies hello Brexit most industry was centered in the North so it remains a place of huge grimy cities like Manchester and Leeds But I learned a ton and all the so because I 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 a highlight and the book picksp from there There s a knowing humor to Mount s writing that even an outsider can a This is a very gentle history of England and the English Do not look here 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. Join Harry Mount on his journey through England as he ncovers 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 human designs The book explains how the size of the fields is produced by male inheritance laws and the erratic ways of the rambling English hedge; how the industrial revolution created the modern English waistline; and why the Midlands became the home of the British curry It identifies the materials that made Engla.