Notes from a Small Island

by Bill Bryson | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0380727501 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Rico-Verde of Leesburg, Florida USA on 5/26/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by Rico-Verde from Leesburg, Florida USA on Thursday, May 26, 2005
2001 paperback. Not as informative as I'd hoped. Mr. Bryson writes primarily for comic effect, which is fine, but not what I was looking for. Too many insignificant hotel scenes for example. Gives a superficial sense of life in England, Wales & Scotland.

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Bookray:

1. Soongsis2 in Singapore
2. Herrundmeyer in Germany
3. loveamystery in British Columbia, Canada
4. sqdancer in Alberta, Canada
5. tiatia in Virginia, USA
6. Luintaurien in Nebraska, USA
7. etc...

Journal Entry 2 by Rico-Verde from Leesburg, Florida USA on Monday, June 13, 2005
Sent to Soongsis 2 today.

Journal Entry 3 by Soongsis2 on Monday, June 20, 2005
Received it in the mail today. Will stick a BCID label on this book. Hope you're OK with that, Rico-Verde. Cheers!

Updates: 30 June 2005
The title of the book should be "Notes on How-Modern-Architecutre-Ruins-UK Towns & Cities" given the attention Bryson devotes to this topic in the book. Generally though, it was a good read with the usual Bryson humour and sarcasm thrown in quite liberally throughout the book.

I have Herrundmeyer's address already and should be able to get this book out by end of next week.

Updates: 8 July 2005
Dropped off the book today at the post office... sent it via airmail. Cheers!

Journal Entry 4 by Herrundmeyer from Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Got this in today's mail. Thanks! TBR ASAP.

Journal Entry 5 by Herrundmeyer from Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Sunday, July 17, 2005
This is a book that should be read on a cold and rainy day, with a pot of steaming tea and some biscuits nearby. "Unfortunately", the weather is fine (around 30°C, or 86°F), so I opted for getting an ice-cream cornet at the best ice-cream parlour in town and settled down on the banks of the river Neckar.

All in all, it is written in a humourous way, yet lacks a bit of the additional insight one would expect from someone who spent 20 years in England, were it not for the little anecdotes he throws in for extra measure. Those are mostly unrelated to his journey, though.

That said, it is mostly entertaining, especially when Bryson employs sarcasm.

As a side note: Someone seems to have done some serious work with this book and underlined and marked several words. These are marked "O" in the margins. If they are supposed to be orthographically wrong (which I can negate at least for the name of the German town of Karlsruhe) or simply marked as "Oh, that's an interesting word I must look up in the dictionary", I cannot say. It is mildly confusing, though.

Journal Entry 6 by Herrundmeyer at on Sunday, July 17, 2005

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In the mail to Canada

Journal Entry 7 by Rico-Verde from Leesburg, Florida USA on Sunday, July 17, 2005
The "o"s are mine. It's my habit to mark words I want to look up that way. Hope it doesn't bother anyone too much.

Journal Entry 8 by loveamystery from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Tuesday, August 02, 2005
This arrived in the mail today and I am looking forward to reading it. Thank you herrundmeyer for sending it all the way to Canada.

Journal Entry 9 by loveamystery from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Tuesday, August 16, 2005
This is an interesting book. Some of it was boring to me as I didn't have a map beside me to follow where he was going. Some of the places sounded very dreary, but then winter is not the best season to travel in England. What came through to me was that he really loved the English and was going to miss his adopted home. So many parts of the book were uproariously laugh out loud funny. Thank you Rico-Verde for sharing this book.

Journal Entry 10 by loveamystery at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, August 16, 2005

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Mailed today to sqdancer by surface mail. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 11 by sqdancer on Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Arrived safe and sound.

Journal Entry 12 by sqdancer on Friday, September 16, 2005
I will agree that by the end of the book, the complaints about architectural preservation were getting a bit old. Kind of like when your co-worker tells that *hilarious* potty training story for the nineth time. Overall, I did enjoy it.

Sent via surface on Friday afternoon.


Journal Entry 13 by tiatia from Fredericksburg, Virginia USA on Monday, September 26, 2005
Arrived today by post. Got home much too late to start reading it. Work and you guessed it...mailing out BC books. I'll journal more when I have a chance to jump in.

Journal Entry 14 by tiatia from Fredericksburg, Virginia USA on Saturday, October 01, 2005
Not enough substance or wit. I plowed through the end to see if I would find more. This time when I read Bryson I left feeling that a self-centered, some what out of control man whined for too many pages. Too much negativity without much work on his part to alleviate it. His taste for spending too much time on mundane things like children picking their noses did not add to the book for me. Good thing I've liked his other. Still I'm glad I got a chance to read it. I enjoyed his discriptions of Edinbourough & Glasglow especially, having spent time there.
Will pm for next addy.

Journal Entry 15 by tiatia from Fredericksburg, Virginia USA on Friday, October 07, 2005
A belated journal for it's trip to Nebraska.

Journal Entry 16 by Luintaurien from York, Nebraska USA on Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Got it today. Will read and pass on ASAP. Thank you.

Journal Entry 17 by Luintaurien at KawreS Superstore 1515 Stone St. in Falls City, Nebraska USA on Sunday, June 11, 2006

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Journal Entry 18 by wingKawreSwing from Falls City, Nebraska USA on Monday, June 12, 2006
available in the OBCZ area

Journal Entry 19 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Monday, September 08, 2008
I caught this book in a CARE package that my mom sent to me. I am a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia. I think that she probably caught the book in Falls City, NE. I enjoyed the book (although the previous comments are correct about a lot of architectural commentary) and now want to take a leisurely tour around Great Britain. I will probably pass it along to another volunteer here.

CAUGHT IN GONDAR N. GONDAR ETHIOPA

Journal Entry 20 by Maldacus from Renton, Washington USA on Monday, September 08, 2008
I thought that I had forgotten my login and ID but it worked on my first try, after I submitted this as "anonymous".

I caught this book in a CARE package that my mom sent to me. I am a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia. I think that she probably caught the book in Falls City, NE. I enjoyed the book (although the previous comments are correct about a lot of architectural commentary) and now want to take a leisurely tour around Great Britain. I will probably pass it along to another volunteer here.

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