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Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
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Feb 24, 08

Read in February, 2008

A tremendously humorous love letter from the author to his adopted country of England. Bryson takes a walking tour of England prior to returning to the U.S., and fondly skewers everything from the architecture to the food to the relentlessly polite and proper Brits themselves.

Having spent a fair amount of time in London, perhaps it spoke to me more deeply then someone not as familiar with the culture, but it is one of the few books I can recall that made me laugh out loud.

Bryson is adept and clever, with a penchant for remarkable turn of phrase. Although the descriptions of the smaller towns and villages in this travelogue have a tendency to tedium (there are so many of them!), you never know where you might find a jewel of language hidden.

And he spares us not his opinions, nor his frustrations, which are nevertheless expressed with self-deprecating good humor.

Thoroughly enjoyable and recommended for a light and entertaining read.
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