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The village square had a brass band playing "Bangles" hit songs.
Oddly enough I'd also just finished reading NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND, another book about England/Britain by a vastly superior author, Bill Bryson.
I can understand why many would dislike this book, and also why many would find his style of written rants a bit over the top.
I generally enjoy Queenan's essays in the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere, and have hee-hawed through many of his books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sebastian Moran
I was expecting a cleverly-written, funny travelogue about Queenan's experiences in the UK, like a snarkier Notes from a Small Island. Read morePublished 5 months ago by frozen01
Very amusing "travel" book... The author travels to Great Britain on his own for six weeks and shares his adventures. Read morePublished 9 months ago by dSavannah George-Jones
I was in the mood to re-read Bill Bryson's Notes from a Small Island, and while stumbling around the 914 section of the Library, I ran across this. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Nagronsky
Real humor is unforced, and that's just what Queenan isn't. He tries hard, way too hard, but he's just not funny. Read morePublished on November 10, 2012 by arabella
I'm not familiar with anything else that Queenan has written, and I've never been to England. But hey, I like the country's musicians and authors, and I'll even eat their food. Read morePublished on May 17, 2012 by Donald E. Gilliland
Is there anything Joe Queenan actually likes other than the sound of his own voice. He states his negative opinion of everything British as if it is fact. Read morePublished on September 16, 2008 by V. Weller
What could have been a satirical homage to the Mother Country is actually a tiresome, self-indulgent rant. The author's endless historical diatribes are judgmental and tasteless. Read morePublished on September 15, 2008 by T. Weller