The Xenophobe's Guide to the Poles - pr_19965

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.

Product code: 9781906042448

ISBN 9781906042448
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H178xW110
Series Xenophobe's Guides
No. Of Pages 86
Publisher Oval Books
Highlights the unique character and behavior of the nation. Frank, irreverent, funny--almost guaranteed to cure Xenophobia.