Xenophobe's Guide to the Poles


  • ISBN: 9781906042448
  • Autor: Lipniacka Ewa
  • Dostępność: Dostępna
  • Wydawnictwo: Oval Books
  • Rok wydania: 2009-02-02
    Ilość stron: 86
    Oprawa: miękka
    Format: 110 x 170 mm


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A polarized people

 

The Poles are either bubbling with life, or comatose; they love or they loathe. It is this total commitment to the occupation of the moment which earns them the reputation of being mercurial. As Hemar wrote in his song: “If only Poles did systematically and economically what they do spontaneously, they would be perfect.”

 

 

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 Polish touch

 

Devotion to style pervades all areas of life: the table might be rickety, but it is covered with a snowy tablecloth and decorated with a vase of flowers.

 

 

Never say never

 

When the Communists rather foolishly tried to stop the Poles practicing their religion, the churches filled to overflowing. “Forbidden” is a term of encouragement to a Pole.