The Kingdom by the Sea

The Kingdom by the Sea

A Journey Around Great Britain

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Baker & Taylor
Provides a profile of Britain and her people in a collection of interviews with citizens during the time of the papal visit, the Falklands crisis, a great railway strike, spiraling unemployment, and the birth of Prince William

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, c1983
ISBN: 9780395346457
0395346452
Branch Call Number: 914.1THE
Characteristics: 353 p. : map on endpapers ; 24 cm.

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IV27HUjg
Jun 13, 2017

Set in 1980's ?? This man should renew himself with GB of today - it's a new ballgame.

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kpelish
Jun 10, 2017

A low-key travelogue that's set in the 1980s, a dark time for most of lower/middle class U.K. There are some astute observations about cultural differences, skinhead encounters, and retired couples, but there's just so much beachfront travelling commentary before you start wishing his trip to wind up.

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pvdl
Apr 29, 2010

Awesome writing by Paul Theroux, as usual.

Engaging in every paragraph, and treating us to a skewed view of his much loved Britain, where he lived for 8 or 9 years.

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kokosowe
Feb 24, 2009

One of the few boasts the British risked was that their country was changeless. In some trivial ways it was, but to an alien it seemed entirely irregular and unpredictable, changing from day to day. It was not a question of seismic shocks, but rather a steadier kind of erosion–like the seemingly changeless and consoling tide, in which there was always, in its push and pull, slightly more loss than gain. The endless mutation of the British coast wonderfully symbolized the state of the nation. In a quiet way the British were hopeful, and because in the cycle of ruin and renewal there had been so much ruin, they were glad to be still holding on–that was the national mood–but they were hard put to explain their survival. The British seemed to me to be a people forever standing on a crumbling coast and scanning the horizon.

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