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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.
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 8 hours ago by Christine
Bill Bryson is an absolutely delightful writer. I have enjoyed everything he's written that I've read. His sense of humor tickles my funny bone like a classic class clown. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jeff Rasley
Yes a really good read very funny especially when going down to Barnstaple .
Would recommend it to anyone who need's a giggle . Read more
The book was in as stated condition. The story was just ok. My book club determined this is a book meant for 38 year old+ dads.Published 29 days ago by Kristina B.
Right. Well this book completely derailed my reading list for the summer. I was supposed to be catching up on Criminal Justice texts and memorizing terms from Barron's Law... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ari87
Let me be clear, I am a huge Bill Bryson fan, I absolutely loved A Walk In The Woods, A Short History of Nearly Everything, and In a Sunburned Country. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Boaz
Typical of Bill Bryson - witty and easily digested. An excellent insight into everyday British life, handled with style and good humour. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Woodsman
I first came upon Bryson's work while researching for a trip to Australia - I bought "In a sunburned country" (also known as "Down Under") and absolutely loved it, so quickly... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rolando