Why are many supposedly egalitarian Americans fascinated by the aristocratic privilege of Britain as displayed by Downton Abbey and the royal family? In this illuminating essay, cultural critic Mark Dery explores the attractions that Britain's literature, music, and style present for Americans. From a childhood fascination with the Wonder Books to an adolescent fixation on Jethro Tull and adulthood admiration for Christopher Hitchens, Dery’s take is highly personal, yet also displays larger societal insight. By turns savage and sympathetic, his prose is also wryly funny. Performer Mark Ashby does a good job capturing Dery's tone, and alternating between the British and American accents of the text.
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.
©2013 Mark Dery (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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.
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.
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.
The whole thing. It wasn't worth reading.
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.
Overall, I found the information in the book interesting. I just found that the information didn't come up in the most fascinating way.
I saw no overarching point to the essay. It seemed to just be an opportunity to try to impress people with needlessly flowery language and spew insults to m political opposition.
I thought this was going to be a humorous explanation of all things British, like suet pudding, how they call potato chips, crisps etc. Maybe the history of high tea, and other things like that.
Definitely nothing by this author.
It wasn't a story per se.
The narrator was good but I didn't like the book itself.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
This is supposed to be a comical view of English (British) culture for Americans who have little to no understanding of the universe beyond the American borders.
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