How to be Decadent

How to be Decadent It was over thirty years ago that George Mikes wrote How to be an Alien the classic vade mecum for foreigners in Britain The book became required reading for the alien and an indispensable aid to se

  • Title: How to be Decadent
  • Author: George Mikes
  • ISBN: 9780233969329
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It was over thirty years ago that George Mikes wrote How to be an Alien, the classic vade mecum for foreigners in Britain The book became required reading for the alien, and an indispensable aid to self understanding for the native.It is a heavy responsibility to be acknowledged as the leading expert on a subject as tricky as the British For one thing, even they can chanIt was over thirty years ago that George Mikes wrote How to be an Alien, the classic vade mecum for foreigners in Britain The book became required reading for the alien, and an indispensable aid to self understanding for the native.It is a heavy responsibility to be acknowledged as the leading expert on a subject as tricky as the British For one thing, even they can change a good deal in thirty years In acknowledgement of this, Mr Mikes has felt bound to write a new guide.At the heart of the book are the important sections on How to Lose an Empire, Become a Colony, and Stop Being an Island All these themes are brand new Others are familiar, but required new treatment Sex could no longer be despatched in the shortest chapter known to literature ten words but called for at least a page Britons whose self confidence is wobbly had better skip it The art of getting lost in London has become infinitely complex than it was, and what is happening to the language is hair raising But the native will find that although his self esteem takes some hard knocks, he ends in a glow of self congratulation It seems that when Great Britain finally becomes a desert island it will have its Robinson Crusoe in the shape of George Mikes.Amid all the changes two things remain the same Nicholas Bentley is still the perfect illustrator for George Mikes s wit, and a special chemistry still exists between Mikes and his adopted country The chemistry produced the most famous of all his works, and now it has produced the book to rival it.
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    • Rebecca Foster says:

      (3.5) The final book in the How to Be a Brit trilogy, this was originally published in 1977, the year before Mikes died. Though still funny, there’s an air of melancholy nostalgia to this one, rather like in Bill Bryson’s The Road to Little Dribbling. Mikes notes that while he has become more English over the years, England has become less so: there’s no more empire or crowns and shillings, there’s been an economic downturn, and there are movements towards joining Europe that make him un [...]

    • Ian Anderson says:

      Another in the series of "How to be" books by George Mikes and like How to be Inimitable it is a description of Britain, this time Britain of the 1970s, or more specifically post-empire Britain. Like the other books, each chapter is self-contained and it reads like a collection of humorous magazine articles. The themes are how Britain has changed since World War II and how Britain has been influenced by the rest of world and how it remains different. As it was written about the time Britain join [...]

    • Jamie Rosen says:

      As is perhaps inevitable, time has passed this book by. A few amusing bits, but not really worth going out of your way to read.

    • Eva says:

      Still very funny but a little bit less than How To Be an Alien.

    • Sanjay says:

      I remember reading How to be an Alien & How to be a Guru in the late eighties. Really nice to revisit Mikes. He is still as engaging and funny as he was back then!

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