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K. J. Carlile

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  • England My England: Anglophilia Explained

    • UNABRIDGED (48 mins)
    • By Mark Dery
    • Narrated By Mark Ashby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (364)
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    (311)
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    (316)

    Downton Abbey has brought out the Anglophile in American fans of the hit TV series. But Anglophilia has a long history in America. Why are some native-born residents of our Shining City Upon a Hill, where All Men Are Created Equal, seduced by the fluting tones of manor-born privilege? At last, Anglophilia explained - in American, thank you.

    Janice says: "Failure to achieve objective."
    "Should have looked at the reviews before I bought"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't think anyone would find it more enjoyable, unless it's the specific 55-year-old that grew up on the Wonder Books and has since been disillusioned.


    What could Mark Dery have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Many more things. First, this is clearly an essay. It should be structured like an essay, not floating about gathering stray thoughts. This feels like a well-researched diary entry. He doesn't clearly state his intentions for the essay, just overall distain, yet claims to be an Anglophile. I thought I would learn something from this essay. I didn't.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator spoke very fast. Also, every once in a while, he would slip into a faux English accent that was more distracting than helpful.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from England My England?

    The whole thing. It wasn't worth reading.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a horrid essay. Don't waste your time. I wish I could get my money back, even though it was free. I'm deleting it from my library instantly.

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