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Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
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Dec 31, 2009

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Read in November, 2009 , read count: 1

I really enjoyed this book at the outset and found it one of Bryson's funniest. In it, he describes his travels to obscure places around Great Britain and does his best to explain all of the little things that he loves about his adopted country. Unfortunately, about halfway through the book really lost steam. All of the places Bryson visited started to sound the same, and his rants about modern architecture started to get annoying. I completely agree with him that it is a shame to replace the lower levels of old, historic buildings with plate-glass-fronted retail establishments, but I don't need to read about it 50 times in 100 pages. Still, I remain a Bryson fan and look forward to reading about his travels in the United States and Australia in some of his other books.

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