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Reacting to an itch common to Midwesterners since there's been a Midwest from which to escape, writer Bill Bryson moved from Iowa to Britain in 1973. Working for such places as Times of London, among others, he has lived quite happily there ever since. Now Bryson has decided his native country needs him--but first, he's going on a roundabout jaunt on the island he loves.
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.
Before his return to the U.S. after a 20-year residence in England, journalist Bryson (Made in America) embarked on a farewell tour of his adopted homeland. His trenchant, witty and detailed observations of life in a variety of towns and villages will delight Anglophiles. Traveling only on public transportation and hiking whenever possible, Bryson wandered along the coast through Bournemouth and neighboring villages that reinforced his image of Britons as a people who rarely complain and are delighted by such small pleasures as a good tea. In Liverpool, the author's favorite English city, he visited the Merseyside Maritime Museum to experience its past as a great port. Interweaving descriptions of landscapes and everyday encounters with shopkeepers, pub customers and fellow travelers, Bryson shares what he loves best about the idiosyncrasies of everyday English life in this immensely entertaining travel memoir. Author tour.
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I OREDERED THIS BOOK FOR MY KINDLE PAPERWHITE. IT WAS NEVER DOWNLOADED ON MY KINDLE AND I CANNOT FIND A WAY TO INFORM AMAZON. HORRIBLE SERVICE. WISHED I NEVER PURCHASED A KINDLE. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Lowell Wes Cummins
My least fave of Bryson's travel books. Quieter without the laugh out loud moments I've enjoyed in his other books.Published 4 days ago by J. Stoneberg
An oldie but a goodie ! Bill Bryson is entertaining , informative ,concise and importantly laugh out loud funny .Published 10 days ago by Kate Dowling
Notes from a Small is one of Bill Bryson's better books in my opinion. he writes with such love of his adopted home that it's impossible not to fall in tooPublished 11 days ago by Andrew Allison-Godfrey
If there is a funnier, more entertaining, more informative non-fiction writer living today than Bill Bryson, I don't know who it could possibly be. Read morePublished 11 days ago by kaylo
Entertaining and at the same time factual. Anyone with fascination with the England will enjoy this book. Bill. Bryson is at his best!Published 13 days ago by Elizabeth R Miller
This is another gem from this prolific and always entertaining author. We were travelling in the UK while I was reading this, so it was particularly germane and full of great... Read morePublished 29 days ago by David R Matthews