The Xenophobe's Guide to the
by Hilary Bird, Lembit Opik and
A guide to understanding the Estonians that
gets beyond theflag waving and reveals their true
spirit and character.
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|Extracts from the book
|One of the nation’s most
watched shows is a live relay from a forest
glade transmitted via the Internet. The stars
are wild pigs. Nothing happens for hours on end
and when the obliging swine eventually show up
for the food that is left for them, excited
Estonians call their family and friends at
ungodly hours so that they can watch (and hear)
the porcine population pigging out.
|Beyond the glass and steel
towers of Tallinn the country may look quaint
and serene, but 21st-century microchips lurk
everywhere: the Estonians, from tots to
pensioners, are wired.
|Much as they would like to,
Estonians cannot ignore their Eastern neighbour.
There are 140 million Russian citizens living
next door making a scary ratio of 1:140 in
favour of The Bear. Estonians feel that, at
best, Russians are a noisy, sloppy lot, always
on the bottle, producing bad quality goods and
with gardens full of weeds.
|Estonians are conservative.
What was good enough for
their mothers and fathers, and the ancestors all
the way back to the Stone Age, is good enough
for the modern Estonian.
|Comments from readers
|Reviews from the Press
|The Xenophobe’s Guide to the
Estonians is a recommended read for
foreigners dealing with Estonians, those
planning a trip to Estonia, or those just eager
to find out more about us. It’s a great gift for
Estonians who have a good sense of humor, as
well as giving the unknowing reader a decent
portrait of us—an interesting and enjoyable way
to learn something new about a piece of the
world that too few can locate on the map.
Baltic Review - December 2010
| The Xenophobe's Guides raise a
smile and give you an understanding of the
beliefs and foibles of nationalities.
Glasgow Evening Times
|Table of Contents
| Nationalism & Identity
Manners & Behaviour 15
Home & Family 24
Beliefs & Values 33
Leisure & Pleasure 45
Sense of Humour 51
Custom & Tradition 61
Eating & Drinking 71
Crime & Punishment 84
Language & Ideas 86
|Authors: Hilary Bird, Lembit Opik and Ulvi
|Format: 96 pages,
|Updated: New title
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