Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader. We share the first sentence (or so) of the book we are reading, along with our initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.
Let us start this preposterous journey in the most British way imaginable: with a series of meandering apologies and caveats. I don't know what it is about a book like this, but it seems you can't make huge, sweeping, lawn-mower generalizations about the likes and loves of an entire nation without slicing up the odd precious and unique orchid here and there, and for that, I am truly sorry.
Subtitled "A Guide to What's Great About Great Britain", this book consists of many very short chapters, each a humorous essay on some topic near and dear to British hearts. As an avowed Anglophile but recently returned from a vacation to England, I know I'll enjoy this book. And it could be useful before I visit that sceptered isle again.