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Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
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May 07, 2012

it was ok
Read on July 01, 2012

Laugh-out-loud funny, but not my favourite of Bryson's books by any stretch. Not enough anecdotes, too much whining. While I agree with Bryson's architectural tastes, I don't need a whole book of him complaining about British towns being destroyed by poor architectural judgement, and I certainly don't agree with his attitude that nobody should be allowed to build anything. It sounds like he would like every town to remain perfectly preserved as it was during his childhood in the '50s.

Also he was just far too nasty. There were at least three instances when he wished that somebody would die just because they were annoying (in one instance, because he was convinced the person had Aspererger's). Obviously he was joking, but it's a pretty unpleasant joke.

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