Book: Joe Queenan «Queenan Country»

Queenan Country

Производитель: "Picador"

In this hilarious romp through England, one of America`s pre-eminent humourists seeks the answer to an eternal question: what makes the Brits tick?One semi-tropical Fourth of July, Joe Queenan s English wife suggested that the family might like a chicken tikka masala in lieu of the customary barbecue. It was this pitiless act of gastronomic cultural oppression, coupled with the dread of the fearsome Christmas pudding that awaited him for dessert, that inspired the author to make a solitary pilgrimage to Great Britain. Freed from the obligation to visit an unending procession of Auntie Margarets and Cousin Robins, as he had done for the first twenty-five years of his marriage, Queenan decided that he would not come back from Albion until he had finally penetrated the Limey heart of darkness. His trip was not in vain. Crisscrossing Old Blighty like Cromwell hunting Papists, Queenan finally came to terms with the choochiness, squiffiness, ponciness and sticky-wicketness that lie at the heart of the British character. Here he is trying to find out whose idea it was to impale King Edward II on a red-hot poker and what this says about English sexual politics. Here he is enjoying a tour of Liverpool given by Big Jim, a cab driver whose best man was John Lennon. And here he is in Stroud, impressed by Talon, an all-Brit Eagles tribute band fresh from the Cheese and Grain in Frome. At the end of his epic adventure, the author returns chastened, none the wiser, but encouraged that his wife is actually as sane as she is, in light of her fellow countrymen.

Издательство: "Picador" (2006)

ISBN: 978-0-330-49218-8

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Joe Queenan

Joe Queenan (born November 3,1950) is a contemporary humorist, critic and author from Philadelphia who graduated from Saint Joseph's University. He has written for numerous publications such as "Spy Magazine", "Movieline", "The Guardian" and the "New York Times" book review. Queenan describes himself as a "Hatchet Man". He has written several books including "Balsamic Dreams", a scathing critique of the Baby Boomers, and "Red Lobster, White Trash, and the Blue Lagoon", a tour of low-brow American Pop Culture.

His latest book, "Queenan Country", documents his lifelong fascination with Great Britain. In it, he describes the special relationship Americans have with the British (although he notes that the term "British" does not mean anything today, since it technically refers to people who now only live in Wales and would not consider themselves that).

Queenan's work is sometimes criticized for being gratuitous and mean-spirited. One example can be found in his brief public feud with author A.J. Jacobs, who read all 32 volumes of the Encyclopædia Britannica and wrote about his experiences in a book, "". In October 2004, Queenan's harsh review of the book in "The New York Times" led to a brief feud between the two authors.

Joe Queenan lives in Tarrytown, New York. He is married to a British woman and has a son named Gordon and a daughter named Bridget.

External links

* [http://browse.guardian.co.uk/search?search=Joe+Queenan&N=4294962172 Article archive] , at "The Guardian"
* [http://www.wpr.org/hereonearth/archive_070405k.cfm Africa on the Silver Screen] , Here on Earth - Radio Without Borders radio show, interviewed by Jean Feraca, April 05, 2007

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