Synopses & Reviews
They've been our closest ally for more than a century. They've brought us Shakespeare, the Beatles, Monty Python, Winston Churchill, and the Jaguar E-Type. But what do we really think of our former colonial masters? Are they a proper, literate people with
"This is a clever double sided book of comments on Americans by the British, and on the British by Americans. London-based illustrator Davis uses a mix of the funny, grotesque and closely observed. Davis allots each subject a single page, usually drawn in his wavering line and muddy, minimal coloring, with a caption floating somewhere near the subject's head. On one side of the book (it has two covers, and reverses in the middle), a Londoner with an immense head and long hair says, 'They are nothing but evil.' On the other side are the Americans, drawn from a trip across country, and they are no less absurd. A lithe L.A. man in a Gucci swimsuit declares, 'I gotta say, the English don't breed lookers. No offense.' And on it goes, single drawing after single drawing, presented as documents on the page, warts (and often hotel stationary) and all. The drawings and text accumulate into a fairly well-rounded, if cynical, portrait of both cultures. What each chooses to say about the other-and the way they say it-is as telling as the actual remark. This is an entertaining volume of words and pictures, perfect for dipping into for a laugh, and an excellent gift for the trans-Atlantic nemesis of your choice." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
They've been our closest ally for more than a century. They've brought us Shakespeare, the Beatles, Monty Python, Winston Churchill, and the Jaguar E-Type. But what do we really think of our former colonial masters? Are they a proper, literate people with quirky humor and stout beer, or a snobbish breed of has-beens with a faded empire, bad teeth, and the Spice Girls?
And what, for that matter, do the British truly think of Americans? Do they see us as the benevolent, can-do, masters of destiny we imagine ourselves to be? Or are we, in their eyes, arrogant and materialistic war mongers out to rule the world?
These are the questions that acclaimed illustrator Paul Davis set out to answer as he traveled across the United States and the UK armed with pencil, notebook, and his razor-sharp powers of observation. "Us and Them," an endlessly humorous book with two fronts, is the result. On one side, you'll find his devilish caricatures of Britons, each responding to the question posed in the title. Flip it over and you'll find Americans giving their takes on the Brits. A master satirist with a firm grasp on the inanity of the human condition, Davis will have you laughing out loud and returning time and again to sample the intelligence and humor of his observations.