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Book Title: The Xenophobe's Guide to the Poles|
The author of the book: Ewa Lipniacka
Edition: Oval Books
Date of issue: June 1st 2000
ISBN 13: 9781902825403
Format files: PDF
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Xenophobia: an irrational fear of foreigners, probably justified, always understandable.
Wanna know all about starting a revolution with a logo? Or why the Napoleon was revered here, though he only saw the Poles as cannon fodder? Well I'm not telling you, but it's all in this little book.
At 64 pages this is more like an elongated brochure written by an affectionate knowledgeable person than a 4 volume technical guide, but I think it works just perfect and there's nothing simplistic about it. Surprisingly accurate, incredibly funny and rather informative*. It's a Poles-101 (introduction to all things Polish, not to dance poles or North/South Poles) with a humorous twist and thus really readable. And whether you're in it for information in order to make your potential conversation with a fellow Pole more comprehensible, or just for laughs - you're getting it both. And this is what I mean:
Never say never
When the Communists rather foolishly tried to stop the Poles practising their religion, the churches filled to overflowing. 'Forbidden' is a term of encouragement to a Pole.
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 downside? It's on the short side, it's for the western audience, so Polish relations with eastern nations aren't explored in depth, and it was published 10 years ago - minor revisions here and there are due. Nevertheless I had tons on fun with this little book, and it makes me curious about other Xenophobe's guides currently out there.
*If you're not a Pole. For all Poles out there: you already know all this stuff, what are you doing reading this stuff?! Curiosity killed the cat remember?!! You don't need to know what they tell foreigners about us.... or do you?
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