Talk to the Hand

Talk to the Hand

The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door

Book - 2005
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"Talk to the hand, 'cause the face ain't listening," the saying goes.

When did the world stop wanting to hear? When did society become so thoughtless? It's a topic that has been simmering for years, and Lynne Truss says it's now reached the boiling point. Taking on the boorish behavior that for some has become a point of pride, Talk to the Hand is a rallying cry for courtesy. Like Eats, Shoots & Leaves , Talk to the Hand is not a stuffy guidebook, and is sure to inspire spirited conversation.

Why hasn't your nephew ever thanked you for your carefully selected gift? What makes your contractor think it's fine to snub you in the midst of a major renovation? Why do crowds spawn selfishness? What accounts for the appalling treatment you receive in stores (if you're lucky enough to get a clerk's attention at all)? Most important, what will it take to roll back a culture that applauds those who are disrespectful? In a recent U.S. survey, 79 percent of adults said that lack of courtesy was a serious problem. For anyone who's fed up with the brutality inflicted by modern manners (or lack thereof), Talk to the Hand is a colorful call to arms--from the wittiest defender of the civilized world.

Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, 2005.
ISBN: 9781592401710
Branch Call Number: 395 TRU
Characteristics: x, 206 p.


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WVMLStaffPicks Jan 22, 2015

This book isn't a guide to manners and etiquette (which fork to use), but a plea to show consideration to others. Truss doesn't just bemoan the lack of manners, but analyzes social, economic, political and philosophical shifts that make these breaches more common. Truss uses plenty of everyday examples, and her sense of humour, despite boorish treatment by others, shines through.

Jul 16, 2014

A quick read and while the author herself does admit that it's sort of a rant, which it is, that doesn't undermine the central purpose that she's trying to deliver on. A fun read overall that gives the reader a better understanding of rudeness today with a little humor mixed in.

geniusgirl613 Jun 24, 2013

This brilliant book,from the perfect title to the very last page, is the ultimate way to improve society. If only everyone would read this funny book! Lynne Truss's attitude toward the state of manners today is hilarious and, at the same time, all too easily identified with.

bkilfoy Mar 28, 2013

An examination of the collapse of manners in every day life, Lynne Truss unleashes her wit (and exasperation) in an effort to amend the situation. Exploring the six reasons why one should stay home and bolt the door that revolve around the increasing disappearance of manners and the encroaching lack of respect that happens as a result, Truss explores the history of manners and the reflections on society that manners have. While there are some very funny moments in the book, I was not as taken with this volume as I was with Eats, Shoots & Leaves, perhaps because manners are not as important to me as grammar and punctuation are. Or perhaps, as Truss argues towards the beginning of the book, I am simply too young for many of these things to bother me. Additionally, this book is almost exclusively focused on the descent of British manners and makes several arguments surrounding the defunct class system that was far more potent on that side of the pond which means that some of the examples used are not as cross-culturally applicable. An interesting read that will make you think and probably chortle a little, and perhaps encourage you to thank the person who held the door open for you.

Aug 12, 2012

The attempts at humor are a little too forced; the conclusion is achieved quickly with not much argument. Not as good as Eats Shoots and Leaves.

Mar 30, 2012

A little too much bellyaching about what the author finds rude to be taken seriously as an etiquette handbook. (She says herself she wouldn't attempt to write one, because manners are "unenforceable". This might be technically true, if we knew what she means by force, and why she thinks it is necessary.) Still, very entertaining, with some shrewd insights, especially on how we define rudeness as just over the line from our own behaviour.

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