Bloody Foreigners

by Robert Winder | History |
ISBN: 0349115664 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingwyldetwowing of Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on 1/7/2006
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5 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingwyldetwowing from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, January 07, 2006
An NSSBP(?) for a certain BCUKer whose NSSFC never arrived ....

Wouldn't mind reading this after you btw!

Journal Entry 2 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, January 22, 2006
Birthday RABCK from wyldetwo - I nearly bought this from Amazon yesterday morning, glad I didn't press that button! Will gladly pass on to you once I've read this - but it won't be for a while due to Mt TBR suddenly rising to epic proportions!

Thanks again!

Journal Entry 3 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Monday, April 10, 2006
Am really pleased to report that I found a hardback copy of this outside a charity shop in Shirley for 40p - that's FORTY PEE!!! I was really wanting to share this book on a ring, yet keep it myself - now I can!

Am going to do another tranch of bookrings once a couple (imminent) have returned home, will include this in them then. Wyldetwo, let me know if you want this at the beginning or end of the ring!

I will post my review of "my" copy on here when I've read it. Thanks again for the RABCK - this new copy would never have appeared if I hadn't already had a BC copy!!

Journal Entry 4 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Monday, May 01, 2006
BOOK RING!

Usual rules apply...

Make a journal entry when you receive the book
Contact the next reader for their address when you are almost done
Post a review when you've read the book - please try to send it on within *two months* of receipt if you can (I usually say one month but this is a good, meaty book!)
Make a journal entry or controlled release notes when you send the book on

PARTICIPANTS

Aubriel UK (anywhere)
Erishkigal Utah, US (US)
Morpha Oregon, US (US) <--- (message 19/07/07 - has found and will send on / chased 09/01/08 - lost here)
Teachie UK (UK)
Anglersrest UK (anywhere, surface)
RonOren UK (Europe)
Mujisan UK (anywhere)
Wyldetwo UK (UK)
sjr1969 UK (anywhere)
Drusillamac UK (anywhere, surface)

Journal Entry 5 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, May 06, 2006
PM'd Aubriel for address.

RELEASE NOTES:

Posting to Aubriel by Tuesday.

Journal Entry 7 by aubriel from Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, May 13, 2006
Arrived safely :o)

Journal Entry 8 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Thursday, July 06, 2006
Hijacking this set of JE's as I have just finished reading my own copy and wanted to post my review.

This was excellent - well worth reading. It's an entire history of migration into Britain, including all races and nationalities. I've read quite a few histories of Black and Asian migration, but this book is a first in looking equally at European, Irish and all other nations. It's balanced and fair, interesting at the end about theories of national identity, and packed with information. Just occasionally it feels like he is going through the stack of card index cards making sure everything is mentioned - but everything *is* mentioned and it's a fascinating and, ultimately, positive book.

Thanks again Wyldetwo for the RABCK in the first place, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the JEs.

Journal Entry 9 by aubriel from Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Monday, July 17, 2006
It has taken me some time to read this book, some of this has been personal, but some of this is the book itself. It is a comprehensive look at thousands of years of immigration, no easy task to fit into one book and though I'm a fast reader, you can't rush through this book like you can some novels. It takes time and concentration to read - my normal grab half an hour style between teatime/bathtime/bedtime duties didn't go far. Thankfully, I went on holiday and took it with me and suddenly flew through the pages.

Posted on to Erishkigal today.

Journal Entry 10 by wingerishkigalwing from Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Postman just delivered this. And it looks like it may take awhile to wade through--also looks very well worth it! Thanks for sharing LizzyBee, and for sending this large book across the pond, aubriel!

Journal Entry 11 by wingerishkigalwing from Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Sunday, October 08, 2006
Wow! This is an amazingly comprehensive book--and it still manages to remain absolutely engaging.! Sorry to take so long with it; I quickly realized I couldn't do it in the usual 15 minute spurts novels often end up in, and had to wait for sufficient time for at least a chapter or two.

I am so glad I had the chance to read this. We americans lead terribl;ly insulated lives regarding what is going on in other countries. less so fortunately, now that we can actively search out world news on the internet, but what appears on our nightly news is as insular and amero-centric as ever.

I found much of what is current in England to be true of the US as well. There is exteme polarization here regarding immigration, and especially regarding those deemed "illegal" immigrants. Which is ridiculoous really, since all of us- with the exception af Native Americans--are descended from recent immigrants.

Immigration is of concern to me personally having lived many years on the Arizona/Sonora border before moving up to Salt Lake. I have had wet hungry people knock on my door at midnight, asking if they may sleep in the barn. I have had people ask for water, in the summer heat. I have even driven a few past the Border Patrol, to where they could catch another lift. These are people desperate to find a way, a place to provide for themselves and their families. I hate that US companies can advertise in Mexico, and that it is the people struggling to reach El Norte that suffer in the desert, trying to reach the offered work. I hate that people who have found work and are building lives can be deported ever after.

Reading this book has made more aware of other immigrants around me as well. In the hotel industry most of the 'menial' jobs, the housekeeping staff, the janitors, the gardeners, are Hispanic. I've spent too much time in hospital with my mum recently, and in both hospitals, most of this same staff is Eastern European. And many many nail shops have opened in the last few years--this is where average women can go to affordably get manicures and pedicures. In Salt Lake at least, these are all owned and staffed by Vietnamese immigrants. Reading Bloody Foreigners simply made me more aware of the "niches"

Please forgive my rant....I do get carried away, sometimes.....and thanks again for sharing! I've pm'd morpa and am awaiting her address. to send this on.

Journal Entry 12 by morpha from Astoria, Oregon USA on Monday, October 16, 2006
Just arrived today. Thanks!

Journal Entry 13 by morpha from Astoria, Oregon USA on Saturday, July 28, 2007
I was getting into this, a chapter at a time. I was going through a difficult period and misplaced this book during a traumatic weekend in October of last year. Just found it last week and am sending it on. I won't be finishing it, but I've read enough to get the idea.

Journal Entry 14 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, July 06, 2008
Sorry everyone, this book is obviously lost and will not be continuing. I will try to source another copy and send it on its way again.

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