Notes from a Small Island

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Harper Collins, May 1, 1997 - Travel - 336 pages
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"Suddenly, in the space of a moment, I realized what it was that I loved about Britain-which is to say, all of it."

After nearly two decades spent on British soil, Bill Bryson-bestsellingauthor of The Mother Tongue and Made in America-decided to returnto the United States. ("I had recently read," Bryson writes, "that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another,so it was clear that my people needed me.") But before departing, he set out ona grand farewell tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home.

Veering from the ludicrous to the endearing and back again, Notes from a Small Island is a delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation that has produced zebra crossings, Shakespeare, Twiggie Winkie's Farm, and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey. The result is an uproarious social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain, from the satiric pen of an unapologetic Anglophile.

"Suddenly, in the space of a moment, I realized what it was that I loved about Britain-which is to say, all of it."

After nearly two decades spent on British soil, Bill Bryson-bestselling author of ,i>The Mother Tongue and Made in America-decided to return to the United States. ("I had recently read," Bryson writes, "that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another, so it was clear that my people needed me.") But before departing, he set out on a grand farewell tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home.

Veering from the ludicrous to the endearing and back again, Notes from a Small Island is a delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation that has produced zebra crossings, Shakespeare, Twiggie Winkie's Farm, and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey. The result is an uproarious social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain, from the satiric pen of an unapologetic Anglophile.

 

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There is no doubt that Bryson is a talented writer. - LibraryThing
This lack of insight is tedious. - LibraryThing
Good intro to England for foreigners. - LibraryThing
That just happens to be their frame of reference. - LibraryThing
His insight on each of these is often hilarious. - LibraryThing

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It was OK, but a bit disjointed over all. There is a lot of quality writing here, but not a great story to be told. Read full review

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User Review  - Alex - Goodreads

A travelogue of Bryson's farewell trip throughout England. Most of the first part of the book is remarked by how uncomfortable Bryson his in England. It's a neverending story of bad meals, bad hotels ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
22
Section 3
29
Section 4
40
Section 5
47
Section 6
57
Section 7
68
Section 8
83
Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
208
Section 21
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Section 22
233
Section 23
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Bill Bryson is the bestselling author of At Home, A Walk in the Woods, The Lost Continent, Made in America, The Mother Tongue, and A Short History of Nearly Everything, winner of the Aventis Prize. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Bryson lives in England with his wife and children.

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