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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Vile France:
the Book the London Library Would Not Order

BenS tells me that he and his wife have asked the London Public Library to order this book. Here are some excerpts from this review:

As Denis Boyles writes in the introduction to Vile France, “What we mistakenly see as a craven, anti-Semitic, hypocritical, hysterically anti-American, selfish, overtaxed, culturally exhausted country bereft of ideas, fearful of its own capitulation to fundamentalist Islam, headed for a demographic cul de sac, corrupted by lame ideologies, crippled by a spirit-stomping social elite and up to its neck in a cheesy soufflé of multilayered bureaucracy is actually worse than all that. It’s vile.”

In this bitingly funny and insightful polemic, Boyles, who has lived and worked in France for several years, examines the internal crises—a falling birthrate, an expanding Muslim minority, economic stagnation, a lessening of international prestige—that have changed the personality of what was once “La Belle France,” transforming it into a nation afflicted with status anxiety.
The library has, so far, refused to order the book. Perhaps they fear repercussions from Carolyn Parrish, the Canadian Member of Parliament who hates Americans and who once threatened to beat up an opponent.
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