( BOOK How England Made the English ) á Harry Mount – ecogenlife.org
A bit geographical at times but still a very interesting read I felt very intellectual reading this as opposed to any ordinary novel The book was not uite 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 eople 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 Perception and the External World 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 up with on my ownIt s a book you ll like if you like England a lot not a book for someone who wants to understand the country or itseople better But if you like England than this is a great 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 I enjoyed reading this book but it just didn t give me. Join Harry Mount on his journey through England as he uncovers the national characteristics behind the English look a liking for old things for smallness and gentleness; a taste for the icturesue and the slightly shabby; a reference for accidental natural beauty over grand human designs The book explains how the size of the fields is roduced 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.
The satisfied feeling that I was expecting This book attempts to describe how the country of England made the English as a eople what they are today generally as a nation we are The Blue Door (Threshold perceived as being tolerant fair hatred of confrontation fiercelyrotective of our Two Views on the Doctrine of the Trinity 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 andleasant land to grow The island mentality that spurned a nation of shopkeepers the industrial revolution and of sailors and a The Art of Standing Still powerful navy that would go on to create an empire This mentality stillersists today in our look down our noses attitude to our European neighbours and the continual A Ladys Honor (Cliffs of Cornwall, 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 werefer to live in houses than flats and Bob and Larry in the Case of the Missing Patience prefer to own rather than rent which is completely different to the French and Germans How urbanlanning The War to End All Wars 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 senchant 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 Death Comes for the Archbishop 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 distinctlaces the England of rolling hills villages Mostly Mama pubs and cricket greens that stillretty much exists and the other England one of urbanisation ring roads motorways out of town shopping developments high rise glass curtained offices and hug. Nd too like the faint ink Aberdeen granite of the kerbstones; and that recise 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 atchwork 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
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E estates of identikit housing 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 here Perhaps it is too complicated to explain as an Englishman myself I know and understand but for foreigners it may be a little uzzling A fascinating compendium of facts that helped me understand why English towns architecture and gardens are the way they are and how geological features and weather Cutremur de timp patterns have shaped the country Some of it seems self explanatory an island nation isrone to isolationist Backlash : La guerre froide contre les femmes policies hello Brexit most industry was centered in the North so it remains alace 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 Die Botin des Königs (Reiter-Trilogie picture many of thelaces Mount discusses The first few chapters are a little dry but Chapter 5 on English towns is a highlight and the book Patagonia Express picks up from there There s a knowing humor to Mount s writing that even an outsider can appreciateSome favorite observations This indifference to bad weather bleeds into theleasingly unself indulgent side of the English along with its extreme Spartan edges including a Predator positively masochistic taste for discomfort and rain and the ideal combination of the two the camping holiday Where buildings become archetypally English is in the adaptation of those foreign architectural features an example of our make do and mend hodgepodge approach to the visual arts our taste for the compromise over the grandrojet and our reference for customizing other eople s ideas rather than creating our own eg Italian inspired terrace 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. 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 Seven Days in Utopia 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 toreserve the Lots of Love past THe most geologically varied small country in the world hasroduced its most idiosyncratic eople; and the English character and the landscape of that small country are inextricably linkedFrom the inside front cover.