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On Sale: 11/15/2005
ISBN: 9780312425210256 Pages
One semitropical Fourth of July, Joe Queenan's English wife suggested that the family might like a chicken vindaloo in lieu of the customary barbecue. It was this pitiless act of gastronomic cultural oppression, coupled with dread of the fearsome Christmas pudding that awaited him for dessert, that inspired the author to make a solitary pilgrimage to Great Britain.
Freed from the obligation to visit his wife's relations, as he had done for the first twenty-six years of their marriage, Queenan decided that he would not come back from Albion until he had finally penetrated the limey heart of darkness.
The result is a very funny, picaresque adventure that will appeal to anglophile and anglophobe alike.
Book Sense Book of the Year Award - Nominee
Praise for Queenan Country
“New York writer Joe Queenan ventures into Bill Bryson territory with this amused and amusing look at Blighty.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“The book is less a pilgrimage, more a voyage round Joe Queenan's head. . . . his extensive knowledge of popular music, his lovely reveries on books and reading, his occasionally nonchalant way with facts, and his sly humor.” —Allison Pearson, The New York Times
“Very much a travel book, but a particularly funny and interesting one.” —William Georgiades, New York Post