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English Humour for Beginners

So proclaims George Mikes'timeless exploration of this curious phenomenon. Whether it's understatement, self-deprecation or plain cruelty - the three elements he identifies as essential to our sense of humour - being witty is a way of life here.'If you want to succeed here you must be able to handle the English sense of humour.'So proclaims George Mikes'timeless exploration of this curious phenomenon. Whether it's understatement, self-deprecation or plain cruelty - the three elements he identifies as essential to our sense of humour - being witty is a way of life here. Perfectly placed as an adopted Englishman himself, Mikes delivers his shrewd advice - helpfully divided into'Theory'and'Practice'- with a comic precision. Drawing on a trove of examples from our rich canon, from Orwell (who said,'Every joke is a tiny revolution') to Oscar Wilde, this is the essential handbook for natives and foreigners alike. Mrs Kennedy:'I don't think, Mr Churchill, that I have told you anything about my grandchildren.'Winston Churchill:'For which, madam, I am infinitely grateful.'

Издательство: "Penguin" (2016)

ISBN: 978-0-241-97854-2

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MIKES, GEORGE

MIKES, GEORGE (1912–1987), Hungarian-born humorist. After working for the BBC during World War II, he wrote many lighthearted books on politics, social customs, and national foibles. These works include How to Be an Alien: England (1946), Ueber Alles: Germany (1953), and How to Scrape Skies: United States (1948). Mikes also poked fun at Japan (The Land of the Rising Yen, 1970), the UN (How to Unite Nations, 1963), and Britain again (How To Be Inimitable, 1966; How To Be a Brit, 1984; How To Be Decadent, 1986). Though converted as a boy, Mikes retained a keen interest in Jewish affairs, writing two incisive books on Israel, Milk and Honey (1950) and The Prophet Motive: Israel Today and Tomorrow (1969).

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