And in many places it seems like she’s grossly generalizing (Americans dress thusly when traveling, Britons dress thusly) but it isn’t so much making assumptions as it is picking out trends, and it’s interesting to see how things like the American vs. British worldview translate into things like tourist clothing.
And this book is a year older than I am, so it still refers to ‘retards’ (and ‘midgets’ and ‘Blacks’ and ‘coolie hats’). But it’s like when my grandma refers to her neighbors as ‘Orientals.’ She’s not being racist, she’s just being old.
Ok, fess-up time: I read this a few weeks ago and neglected to review it, and that’s sort of all I can remember. It was good, though. Especially if you like clothing and language.