Notes From A Big Country
After living in Britain for two decades, Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and four children (he had read somewhere that nearly 3 million Americans believed they had been abducted by aliens—as he later put it, “it was clear my people needed me”). They were... show more
After living in Britain for two decades, Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and four children (he had read somewhere that nearly 3 million Americans believed they had been abducted by aliens—as he later put it, “it was clear my people needed me”). They were greeted by a new and improved America that boasts microwave pancakes, twenty-four-hour dental-floss hotlines, and the staunch conviction that ice is not a luxury item.
Delivering the brilliant comic musings that are a Bryson hallmark, I’m a Stranger Here Myself recounts his sometimes disconcerting reunion with the land of his birth. The result is a book filled with hysterical scenes of one man’s attempt to reacquaint himself with his own country, but it is also an extended if at times bemused love letter to the homeland he has returned to after twenty years away.
Publish date: 1998
Pages no: 318
Edition language: English
A very funny perspective. It must be hard to be both a native and an outsider. Fortunately, Bryson is funny as hell, so the difficulty of it all is related in a way, that might make you laugh out loud, if you're a laughing out loud sort of person.Library copy
My least favourite (but still enjoyable) Bryson to date - I'm not sure I like him in this format (newspaper columns).
One tip: this is not a book to read in an airport. Or, in fact, anywhere in public. People tend to give you strange looks when you sit with your shoulders shaking and tears streaming down your face as you try desperately not to laugh out loud like a madwoman.Or perhaps that's just me.Anyway, Notes f...
3.75 stars, but since it's Bryson, I'll give it 4 stars here on GR.Really liked this, it's funny, albeit not every story is equally well-written :) It's very similar to many of his considerations in his first book [b:The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America|26|The Lost Continent Travels in...
I think I'm done with Bryson after this. Inexplicably hostile to libraries and library-users, this book is fatally dated though it does have the odd charming turn of phrase. Bryson's bumbling, vaguely incompetent persona isn't half so cute as he thinks it is. And he cast aspersions upon the writing ...