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message 1: by Jamie (new)

Jamie The only Bryson I've read was Notes from a Small Island. I was surprised to find that the author was so irritable. He was consistently annoyed, rather than charmed, by the eccentric people he met, and he was often quite rude.

I've read part of At Home, and he doesn't seem nearly as grumpy in that one.


message 2: by Benjamin (new)

Benjamin Duffy A Walk in the Woods is funny and honest and very worth reading. It's my favorite Bryson. A Short History of Nearly Everything and Made in America are both very gee-whiz and fun to read.

I was actually interested in Notes from a Small Island, but you make it sound a bit like this book, so maybe I'll skip it. :)


message 3: by Alexander (new)

Alexander Arsov This sounds rather like an American version of ''Neither here, nor there'', Bryson's European travelogue which was the second, and most probably the last, book by him I've read.


message 4: by Benjamin (new)

Benjamin Duffy So, it sounds as if we've each read one of his travelogues, and none of them were all that great. Having said that, I really do like his research-based books!


message 5: by D.A. (new)

D.A. Cairns The writing is unquestionably good. The tone is unquestionably bad. Criticizing people and being nasty for the sake of a laugh is not cool. Bryson doesn't come across as a nice person. I barely cracked a smile, but I really enjoyed the positive evocative descriptions of the few places that he did like.


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