Originally written for Debrett�s Peerage, Douglas Sutherland�s guide to that endangered species, the English Gentleman, was composed as an antidote to all the dull little books on manners: the kind read by those who long to be recognized as part of the real gentry by the way they use their finger bowl or address an archbishop. Both genuinely informative and very amusing, The English Gentleman offers the parvenu a window onto the world of the genuine article. It describes his habits: where he might live, what he might wear, his school, his clubs, his hobbies and sports, his family and relationships, his mode of speech, and the acceptable way to behave in almost any given situation (invariably the very opposite of what the outsider might think). Not to mention advice on the correct attitude toward money (it�s vulgar), sex (it�s vulgar), and business (it�s vulgar unless, of course, it�s run at a heavy loss). A hilarious initiation into the eccentric world of the stiff upper lip.
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This is a humorous description of the English Gentleman and his habits. The foreword states that it is for men who want to be gentlemen and for "ladies who wish to be able to recognize the gentleman when they meet one, and to let them know what they are in for should they be reckless enough to marry one." The author describes the gentleman's home (including the details of his lavatory), his club, his attire, his relationships with women, and just about every other aspect of his life. It is a short and amusing book.Note: the automatic recommendations for this book make it seem like a real etiquette book. It's not.