Buruma's roll call of Anglophiles is impressive. Wonderful sections on Voltaire are followed by chapters on Goethe's Bardolatry, a marvelously vivid account of frustrated revolutionary exiles in Victorian London (including Marx and Mazzini), and Theodor Herzl's vision of a Jewish state based on his admiration of the English aristocracy. The book concludes with sketches of two of the most influential Anglophiles of 20th-century English culture: Nikolaus Pevsner and Isaiah Berlin. But Buruma never loses sight of the darker side of national belonging, interweaving his own complex family history into the narrative, as well as some subtle and perceptive accounts of the state of the nation as Buruma views it from the office of The Spectator and the Conservative Party Conference in post-Thatcherite Britain. A marvelous book about belonging and Englishness: witty, erudite, subtle, and above all humane. --Jerry Brotton, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Entirely satisfied with this purchase. A good book useful as a reference in research. Book is in good condition. Thanks.Published 18 months ago by Paul Huey
A caveat, if it is needed, to American readers contemplating the purchase of this book: Pay attention to the subtitle "A European Love Affair. Read morePublished on February 1, 2007 by Daniel Myers
This is simply a delightful book,in which Dutchman Buruma (whose grandparents were German Jews who fled Germany)intertwines his and his family's experiences with England with the... Read morePublished on November 28, 2002 by Guillermo Maynez