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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.
Bill Bryson is hilarious. He puts in words what we observe and don't observe. His writing is intelligent. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Read morePublished 7 days ago by ritu pathak
Got to be pretty boring just rambling from one place to another. I'd rather read a Rick Steve's book.Published 1 month ago by Sandra N. Vuitel
Having lived in the UK for over 6 years: amazes me a person who lived there 20+ years could write this trash. Read morePublished 1 month ago by William B.
Brilliant observation of the quirks and the oddities of the British Nation. Now who's wife would say to you: Listen dear, downstairs toilet is for solids..., ha ha. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eric van Rekum
A wonderful mix of history, personal impressions, geography, rants about "progress," and snippets of conversation. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carolyn J. Rose
I lied the first 31 years of my life in England and this book is Bill Bryson's farewell tour of England and full of delightful and funny anecdotes and observations of my home... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sylvia Marlow