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Lessons from the Land of Pork Scratchings: A Miserable Yank Discovers the Secret of Happiness in Bri Paperback – 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847370667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847370662
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,186,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eric D. Barnes on August 18, 2009
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As an American who is going to visit England in the next few months, I found this book extremely helpful. Americans all believe certain stereotypes about the British, but it's the little things that we do not understand. Greg Gutfeld is one of the funniest people on television and this book confirms it. He puts a unique take on British culture. His premise is basically that the British have given up and are content with that. Unlike America, where we keep trying to move up in the world, the British are OK with their status. Thus, they create this world involving pubs, soccer and of course pork scratchings. Greg Gutfeld discusses over 100 small aspects of British life like their television, cabs and soccer games, but usually it all comes back to the pub. Great book.
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If you watch Gutfeld's rib-tickling "Red Eye" on FoxNews and have wondered why they keep bleeping him, here's your chance to find out. Greg describes his magazine editing gig in the UK, which seems to involve lots of crawling, some of it in pubs, and very little writing.

A book you will read again and again, for within his light-hearted account, you actually learn stuff about the British, Americans by contrast, plus useful culinary hints for future visitors to the Isles. Thus the "pork scratchings" in the title.

Some may find the language a bit raunchy. Non-prudes may consider his use of offensive words exhaustive. Either way, it is informative for Brits and Yanks. Germans, not so much.
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Greg Gutfeld is highly underrated as one of the smartest, wittiest, most clever minds (politically & otherwise) today. This book details his adventures living in England and each line is funnier than the next. Stay alert or you'll miss some of his witty stylings here & there. HILARIOUS!
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Lessons from the Land of Pork Scratchings* [or] How a Miserable Yank Discovers the Secret of Happiness in Britain, Greg Gutfeld; Simon & Schuster UK Ltd. ["A CBS Company"] (2008 paperback; 238 pages)

I found this memoir of Greg's jolly olde residence in Merry Olde England (actually, a sliver of London small enough to fit into the observation deck of the Eiffel Tower) to be the perfect antidote to Merrill Markoe's high-strung analysis of how terrible mothers create excellent stand-up comedians.

But Greg is not a comedian; he is a satirist, which means his mom was the sort of girl he'd want to bring home to introduce to his parents. At any rate, if they ever revive the Hogarth Film Festival, "Lessons" would make a great screen play (crafted by Toby Young, who fled to America to get away from what ailed him in London**).

I haven't gone out of the house to see a movie since the early 1990s, when a live performance of irate, cursing firemen on Broadway answering a false alarm upstaged Justin Bieber in "Othello." It's high time to go again. Write the screenplay.

The Sacred Name of Hogarth is not summoned lightly. "Warning: Contains Strong Language" is emblazoned on the front cover of the paperback edition (if the book were any smaller, you would mistake it for a pack of European cigarettes, the ones with the hysterical warnings that if you stop smoking, the manufacturer will go bankrupt).

There isn't a vile subject (no elaboration, please) that Greg finds too repulsive to delve into, repeatedly, & for that reason, the book is thirty-seven & one-half pages too long.
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If you are foreigner in the UK, this book tells re-assures you - it is them, not you. Very funny, right to the point. Not sure how pork scratchings can possibly be worse than beef jerky, but after the Brits and us are divided by a common language.
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Greg Gutfeld is the man. Such a witty and hilarious writer. This book will have you rolling on the ground laughing!
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I loved this book for the humorous way that Greg Gutfeld describes his ordinary life in England. Being from the south and loving Pork Rinds, I was intrigued by the title and what Pork Scratchings might be like. I would describe this book by saying, it is like a close friend describing his time living in England without worrying if he is going to upset anyone by telling it like he sees it.
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I like that the chapters, at a couple pages each, are bite size. Literally laugh out loud funny. I want my British friend Ian to read it to see what he thinks.
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