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Bryson displays an encyclopedic knowledge of his topic, and this inevitably encourages a light tone; the more you know about a subject, the more absurd it becomes. No jokes are necessary, the facts do well enough by themselves, and Bryson supplies tens per page. As well as tossing off gems of fractured English (from a Japanese eraser: "This product will self-destruct in Mother Earth."), Bryson frequently takes time to compare the idiosyncratic tongue with other languages. Not only does this give a laugh (one word: Welsh), and always shed considerable light, it also makes the reader feel fortunate to speak English.
If course, I love every Bill Bryson book I've read (10 in all so far). I learn so much from his books, but they are also amusing and sometimes have me falling off my chair... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Just An Arizona Grammy
I read this book a while ago and enjoyed it quite a lot, so I decided to buy one for a friend.Published 1 month ago by Lorraine Levan
This is an excellent book and it kept my attention for a long time. The most interesting part was the beginning when Bill explains how language began and evolved. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carolyn Dargevics