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Notes from a Small Island (1995)

by Bill Bryson

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This was the first Bill Bryson book that I ever read. Since then I have read every new offering, and his entire back catalog as well, which should give you some idea of how much I enjoyed it. Bryson not only gives you frequent laughs, but he puts some meat on the bones of the local history and culture. This is how all travel-logs should be written. ( )
  JacobMayer75 | Jul 16, 2015 |
Bryson's books are really all about Bryson. In this book he'd spout one stereotype about the British people in one chapter, and in the next chapter he'd say "Brits are so xxx" and the 'xxx' would be in direct contradiction to the previous assertion. Every time I laughed I felt guilty for doing so. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
Not laugh out loud funny but an ok read, need to stop reading Bryson for a while as most others seem to find his literature funnier than i am. Enjoyable read but not great ( )
  Tony2704 | Mar 23, 2015 |
This book is a splendid piece of work by Bryson. I read his Shakespeare biography years ago (in a Danish translation), and was smitten by the discreet wit that emanates from his writing, even in translation. So, when I stumbled upon a well-worn paperback copy of this one at a flea market, I pounced upon it, and never looked back. It is a howl of a read, a mix between a roadmovie in writing and a miniature odyssey embarked upon by a repatriated American with a distinct love for his adoptive homeland. What makes the book so poignant is that the journey he goes on is his own little "farewell tour" on the eve of him moving back to the US with his UK-born wife and children.

From the disappointing discrepancies between children's litterature and reality, through a colourful description of pre-Murdoch Fleet Street and all the way to blue-haired Corrie fans on a studio tour, Bryson takes you along on a splendid journey through the essence of Avalon. Highly recommended read! ( )
  jakadk | Feb 9, 2015 |
Notes from a Small Island is Bill Bryson's autobiography in which he travels around the United Kingdom, his home for twenty years. During his voyages, Bryson lives in not-so-pleasant hostels and hotels and meets people from all walks of life. Bryson is a master storyteller, his ability to turn a phrase in unparalleled. And he injects humor into his writing, particularly when describing people. ( )
  06nwingert | Jan 18, 2015 |
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Bill Bryson, although living in Yorkshire, England, was born in America, and after deliberation with his wife, decided to move back there. Before departing, however, Bryson travelled one last time around England, from Dover to Liverpool to John O’Groats, keeping a record of his experiences. The result was Notes from a Small Island, a book filled with trains, tea-rooms, and (mostly) polite, amiable people.
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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.

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Before returning to America after spending twenty years in Britain, the author decided to tour his second home and presents a look at England's quirks and its endearing qualities.

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