Magazine article The Spectator

Notes from a Big Country

Magazine article The Spectator

Notes from a Big Country

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The e steemed l itera ry cr it ic , ser ia l academ ic and one-t ime Ma rx i st firebrand Terry Eagleton is, at 70, still producing books at an admirable rate.

Across th e Pond (Nor ton, £9.99) i s subtitled 'An Englishman's View of America', and begins with a rigorous ju st i f icat ion for the u se o f nat iona l stereotypes in writing about a country's population. Eagleton then proceed s to make hay w ith the se stereotypes in typically combative style and to consistently amusing e f fect . 'Amer ica i s a count ry where it's difficult to do things by halves.

Some people are surreally fat, while others are life-threateningly thin.

Some think of nothing but sex, while others seem to regard sex as more reprehensible than genocide.'

He's ju st a s tough on the Br it i sh, happily. …

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