An irreverent trip through American culture by a critic who “cracks jokes as easily as one would crack walnut shells” (Washington Post).
On his quirky journey through the language, geography, and national character of the United States, Eagleton proves to be at once an informal and utterly idiosyncratic guide to our peculiar race. He answers the questions his compatriots have always had but (being British) dare not ask, like why Americans willingly rise at the crack of dawn, even on Sundays, or why we publicly chastise cigarette smokers as if we’re all spokespeople for the surgeon general.
In this pithy, warmhearted, and very funny book, Eagleton melds a good old-fashioned roast with genuine admiration for his neighbors “across the pond.”
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He meditates on Shakespeare and Austen and Dickens and Melville and Milton, among others. This is lovely. But he considers the work of few writers born after 1940. A sense that you might be reading Mortimer Adler sneaks in.Read Full Review of Across the Pond: An Englishma... | See more reviews from NY Times
...this book does present itself in true Eagleton-like fashion. Beneath the stereotypes and the jokes, there are many poignant and acute observations that, if paid attention to, have an important lesson to teach.Read Full Review of Across the Pond: An Englishma... | See more reviews from Washington Times
...despite the reliance on stereotypes, Eagleton doesn’t lose sight of individual Americans. He recognizes the paradox that in America “individuality” is a general attribute of the national identity.Read Full Review of Across the Pond: An Englishma... | See more reviews from Toronto Star
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