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message 1: by Trevor (new)

Trevor I was eating lunch in the city today beside a pretty young woman reading Bryson's History of Everything and I wanted to tell her to read this one too. Like you, I really love the kind of yum cha experience of some of his books. Really enjoyed your review - it reminded me of things that are nice to be reminded of.


message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

Freedom fries, please.

:)


message 3: by Lindig (new)

Lindig Remember the time in "Shogun" after Anjin has been forcibly introduced to the joys of bathing and soaking -- he is enraged by the thought of the squalor endemic in Europe, lots of it approved by the church as bathing was thought to be sinful.


message 4: by Eric_W (new)

Eric_W Lindig wrote: "Remember the time in "Shogun" after Anjin has been forcibly introduced to the joys of bathing and soaking -- he is enraged by the thought of the squalor endemic in Europe, lots of it approved by th..."

I haven't seen or read Shogun, but the comment reminded me of a great line from Confederates in the Attic (excellent book by the way.) Horwitz quoted someone as saying the 19th century Charlestonians were so religiously conservative "they would not f&@k standing up for fear someone might thinking they were dancing."


message 5: by Lindig (new)

Lindig Hilarious, Eric! I grew up about 100 miles from Charleston so I know *exactly* what that means. LOL


message 6: by Mary Ronan (new)

Mary Ronan Drew "Bryson, as is his wont and to my delight, wanders all over the place." Love it! And like you I loved the book.


message 7: by Eric_W (new)

Eric_W Mary Ronan wrote: ""Bryson, as is his wont and to my delight, wanders all over the place." Love it! And like you I loved the book."

I'm in awe when he uses such phrases as, "a veritable kudzu of Baroque ornamentation."


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