Stephen Fry in America
Each state is covered, some in more detail than others. I liked the fact that he focused on things that readers may not have known about each state rather than going for the obvious things. I do feel that some of the states were a little short-changed. I know that he had a timescale to stick to in getting around all the states, but for t...more
Partly it's because I like things covered in reasonable depth...and this did not happen on Fry's trip to America in 2007/8. Here he covers 50 states in about 26 weeks - therefore giving about 2 weeks to each state, and the book is full of snips. In Massachusetts there is a snip about whaling, then we are whipped off to meet the historical role-playing inmates of The Mayflower, and from there off to Salem, where we are given a snip about the...more
This was an enjoyable read, which only fueled my desire to see more of the US. As usual with books like this, I didn't want it to end as it felt like I was along for the journey too. If only there were more states!
I have to say, though, that this wasn't really what you'd call a 'real' journey, as in...more
Contrary to what my mother believes, Fry doesn't hate America—"the overwhelming majority of Americans I met on my journey were kind, courteous, honourable and hospitable beyond expectation. Suc...more
Fry decided to try and understand the nature of Americans and visit the beautiful landscapes of our country by going state by state through the Union. What could have been a slap-dash travelogue instead turned out to be a very insigh...more
I was interested to see his impressions of the different states and the variety one encounters while traveling across this country. I knew that the impressions would likely be superficial simply because of the amount of time he had to travel and the sheer space that he had to traverse. However, even given that, I just don't think the book was very good.
Yes, he did skip...more
I say shallow because, obviously Mr. Fry and his TV crew were on a schedule to complete their trip within a certain time frame, and consequently certain states receive only a brief stop and a page of discussion. Yet, these...more
He begins the book by musing on his possible alternate incarnation as the American-born Steve, who, Stephen speculates, "was confident almost to the point of rudeness." Mr...more
That all of these things are true definitely formed my opinion on this book. I enjoyed it immensely. It was a light, quick, little jaunt through the USA with a friendly and fond citizen of a country much like us, but still very much not us.
For the US reader, Stephen Fry is very, very British. His language, British English, wi...more
I never for once thought that he was going to do more then touch down, do a few highlighted things for each state then move on. I wasn't disappointed. It works very well with Mr. Fry's personality. He seems to flit about in his own life, trying this and testing that and doing most of it with great relish and gusto. While short, a lot of his commen...more
Since the 70's when he and Hugh 'House' Laurie, brought P.G. Wodehouse's 'Jeeves & Wooster' books to life, and then teamed up in the TV series 'A Bit Of Fry & Laurie'. He has written novels and has a masterful grasp of the English language.
In the series Stephen Fry In America, in whch Fry appears and does voiceovers, he brings his special brand of humour into this state by state journey through the U.S....more
The book was interesting but not amazing. While it definitely gave a new insight on the US, especially from the perspective of a foreigner, Stephen Fry experienced such a variety of things that it's hard to say what perspective it could really give him on the US, except that it's a big count...more
I flipped through this one and enjoyed it quite a bit. It's kind of neat to read an...more
However some of the states get cursory attention, which I found disappointing, as most of the others are absorbing and fascinating. If you come away from this book without being enriched in some way, then I feel very sorry for the state of your outlook on life, or incredibly resentful that you already experienced so much...more
I probably would have enjoyed this book more were I not American. As it is, I already knew many of the facts presented in this book. Some were new, however, and Stephen Fry is utterly delightful, and his adventures interesting. Most of the charm of the book for me was actually found in Stephen Fry being funny, gently poking fun at things.
Each state has a few pages to itself. Some had about ten, and others only had two. A few states got almost no attention at all, probably due to the fast paced s...more