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Britain fascinates Americans: it's familiar, yet alien; the same in some ways, yet so different. Bryson does an excellent job of showing his adopted home to a Yank audience, but you never get the feeling that Bryson is too much of an outsider to know the true nature of the country. Notes from a Small Island strikes a nice balance: the writing is American-silly with a British range of vocabulary. Bryson's marvelous ear is also in evidence: "... I noted the names of the little villages we passed through--Pinhead, West Stuttering, Bakelite, Ham Hocks, Sheepshanks ..." If you're an Anglophile, you'll devour Notes from a Small Island.
I would have rated this book even lower, except for one thing.
For Americans or travellers, you will find interesting bits of British culture, life and history that will make any visit much more fulfilling.
I have lived in England, returned to travel throughout it, and totally enjoyed Bill Bryson's book of his wanderings.
Another unique, interesting book about his adopted country in the Bill Bryson style.Published 2 days ago by Merielle
As a Bill Bryson fan, I was a little disappointed with this book. I still like his style and humor, but he has done better. Down Under was a much better book.Published 19 days ago by Robert L Wright
I was very happy with the delivery.I needed athe book for my English Comp2 class. The book itself is somewhat out dated, but has some very funny, irreverent humor. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Stephanie Ros
At first I thought Bryson was being sarky, but after driving around British roads for three weeks I realized that he has a genius fix on my previous homeland. Read morePublished 1 month ago by dingo
If you want a laugh and I really mean a great laugh at loud book, read this. I couldn't stop, and read it out loud to my husband who also couldn't stop laughing.Published 1 month ago by Christine