Notes from a Small Island
After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson, the acclaimed author of such best-sellers as The Mother Tongue and Made in America, decided it was time to move back to the United States for a while. This was partly to let his wife and kids experience life in Bryson's homeland - and partly... show more
After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson, the acclaimed author of such best-sellers as The Mother Tongue and Made in America, decided it was time to move back to the United States for a while. This was partly to let his wife and kids experience life in Bryson's homeland - and partly because he had read that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another. It was thus clear to him that his people needed him.
But before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire, Bryson insisted on taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. His aim was to take stock of modern-day Britain, and to analyze what he loved so much about a country that had produced Marmite, zebra crossings, and place names like Farleigh Wallop, Titsey, and Shellow Bowells.
With characteristic wit and irreverence, Bill Bryson presents the ludicrous and the endearing in equal measure. The result is a hilarious social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain.
Publish date: 1998
Publisher: Black Swan
Pages no: 379
Edition language: English
Series: Notes from a Small Island (#1)
Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson chronicles the walking expedition that the author took across Great Britain right before he moved back to the United States. I loved how his enjoyment of the countryside (particularly Yorkshire) came through in his beautiful descriptions. If he had only stuck...
I've come to the conclusion that I can't read/listen to too many Bryson books back-to-back. It's very much like travelling with someone for too long: eventually they start doing things that get on your nerves. Overall I enjoyed the book, and there are several additional places in England that I'd...
Just re-read this on audio, so to speak. Still made me laugh out loud although some of the comments are a bit dated now. The American narrator does pronounce a number of placenames badly. “Suddenly, in the space of a moment, I realized what it was that I loved about Britain - which is to say, all of...
Predictably, practically useless as a metric for tourism in England. Bill is in such familiar territory that he unfurls his self-centred self in full, spending whole pages describing the organizational skills of his favorite hotel and insulting anonymous people who crossed him 20 years ago. Still ex...
An enjoyable romp around England from an Americans perspective.The author has lived here for a while, and was due to return to the States so went on one last tour around.Laugh out loud funny in places, in others he can belabour a point, but overall a good read.