The Xenophobe's Guide to the Poles

The Xenophobe's Guide to the Poles

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"A polarized people""The Poles are either bubbling with life, or comatose; they love or they loathe. It is this total commitment to the occupation of the moment which earns them the reputation of being mercurial. As Hemar wrote in his song: If only Poles did systematically and economically what they do spontaneously, they would be perfect. """"Necessity is the mother of invention""Key national characteristics are adaptability, a knack for improvisation, and the ability to make the best of what is available. A good Polish cook is one who can make gourmet soup from a rusty nail.""""The Polish touch""Devotion to style pervades all areas of life: the table might be rickety, but it is covered with a snowy tablecloth and decorated with a vase of flowers.""""Never say never""When the Communists rather foolishly tried to stop the Poles practicing their religion, the churches filled to overflowing. Forbidden is a term of encouragement to a Pole.""show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 110 x 170 x 10mm | 58.97g
  • OVAL BOOKS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New
  • map
  • 1906042446
  • 9781906042448
  • 127,900

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'Polish mothers view all humanity in the same way that the residents of Strasbourg view geese - there for the fattening. If a Polish mother tells you that she has a problem child, it does not mean that little Tomek has burnt his school to the ground and is being sought by the police of five counties. It means he hasn't eaten his dinner.'Xenophobia is an irrational fear of foreigners, probably justified, always understandable.Xenophobe's Guides - an irreverent look at the beliefs and foibles of nations, almost guaranteed to cure Xenophobia. (4 1/4 x 7, 64 pages)show more

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"An enlightened new series, good natured, witty and useful. The Xenophobe's Guides to different nations deserves a real cheer." --"The European" "Each book is an entertaining essay on the failings, foibles and good points of their subjects. Their humour is relaxed and gentle and it would be a sour, churlish native of a subject country who would object seriously." --"The Northern Times "show more

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