Sunday, February 5, 2012

Notes from a Small Island, Bill Bryson

This humorous and witty book is a tour of the small island known as Britain. If you are thinking of visiting the UK, it highlights some interesting places, but also has a humorous edge, detailing the quirks and foibles of the British. It may be a bit cliched, and I don't know what the British would think of it, but it was an enjoyable non-fiction book. The author, who worked and lived in Britain for 20 years, returns to Britain to investigate how it has changed. I liked the cover of this book very much, and Bryson has a light, humorous, writing style. He manages to write in a teasing but mostly complimentary way about the British. There is also a whimsical glossary at the book of the book, detailing some funny English terms. I loved Bryson's sentences, and the way he always managed to slip something humorous into nearly every one of them.He not only makes fun of the British, but also of himself, which is something you have to know how to do if you want to make fun of others. It does get a bit repetitive after a while, and the towns tend to run into one another. I would recommend this book to anyone who's looking for something a little out of the ordinary and funny. 317 pages, 4.5 stars.

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