A Chip Shop in Poznan: My Unlikely Year in Poland

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A Chip Shop in Poznan: My Unlikely Year in Poland

A Chip Shop in Poznan: My Unlikely Year in Poland

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The premise is brilliant - do to the Eastern Europeans what they do to us Brits - come over legally and work hard at the jobs we don't want. Poland has charming facets, strange quirks, and very alien customs (to me); but every day, I can find or learn something completely new. When it comes to meeting Jędrzej, a friend of Aitken’s employers at the language school he agreed to work for, we once again see the author’s humorous take on the Polish language shine through: “What a queer set of letters.

When, at the end of March 2017, it became clear that the UK was leaving the EU, Ben thought it is time for him to leave Poland, and in April he did so. This book would've been much better if it was more argumentative instead of descriptive but I can understand that the author wasn't trying to make a huge political statement but rather just describe what happened and lead you to believe what you want- a key theme near the end (I liked the discussion of the glamourisation of news and its harmful effects). Reflecting on those times, I fully understood where Aitken was coming from with his comments about growing tired with life in the UK and the “nice routines” there.Maybe it's my liberal snowflake beliefs but I feel like there should've been a greater discussion of privilege in a novel about immigrants, status quo and persona.

Traces of insight were also promised, but making vague statements and then alluding to some deeper meaning is not insightful, at least not to me. Despite being an immigrant, the author, being a presumably straight white man, gets away with a lot of behaviour that I just know, most minorities could never even think about eg.One minor complaint I have here is that one of the goals that Aitken had for himself was to see what it's like to live in Poland as if he too were Polish - but his lack of concern for how much he spends along the way means that much of what he sees and does would be completely unattainable for others - myself included.

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