Notes from a Small Island

by Bill Bryson | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0771017049 Global Overview for this book
Registered by rockyhorror1978 of St. Catharines, Ontario Canada on 7/5/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by rockyhorror1978 from St. Catharines, Ontario Canada on Sunday, July 05, 2009
"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."

Bill Bryson is one of my favorite travel writers. His examination of British culture is delightful and entertaining. Being a frequent British traveller, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Journal Entry 2 by yoursecretninja from St. Catharines, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Having travelled to England a few years ago, my GF insists that I have to read this book!

Journal Entry 3 by rockyhorror1978 at St. Catharines, Ontario Canada on Thursday, September 17, 2020
I love this book! It's such a joyful and enjoyable read. This book is going to be released!

Journal Entry 4 by rockyhorror1978 at -- Somewhere in St. Catharines in St. Catharines, Ontario Canada on Thursday, September 17, 2020

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