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Notes from a Small Island

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

    A wonderful read

    This book brought back memories of visiting southern England. Having read several of Bill Bryson's books, I knew I would not be disappointed. I will be sharing this with a few friends who are his fans, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2009

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    A Wonderful Journey through Great Britain

    This book is like a pleasant hike through the English countryside, filled with humor and insights into why we refer to this tiny island as "Great" Britain. It's full of hilarious anecdotes and random information that will certainly give you something to share at your next dinner party or even around the water-cooler at work.

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  • Posted February 25, 2009

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    amusing romp...

    Bill Bryson is witty, humorous and entertaining. His farewell tour of Britain is charming. He travels from the south of England all the way up to the tip of Scotland on an amusing romp around Britain before he returns to his native soil (Iowa) with his family. I've only visited Britain once but this book really made me nostalgic for it. This is my first Bill Bryson book but I can guarantee it won't be my last!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2002

    A book for the British people

    I must say I read the book only because my English teacher proposed it and I still have an oral exam next weak on it. It's a good book, very smart writing. On the one hand, I think it's a book for Britons in a way that for a person who doesn't live there, is hard to full apreciatte it. But on the other hand, I ended up getting familiar with cities and areas from Britain I had never heard before. Maybe the fact that he kept talking about places I didn't know bothered me a bit, but still I recomend the book (although not for a didadict kind of reading!!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2002

    A Different Look at Britain

    This book was very funny and entertaining. Bill Bryson is extremely witty and sarcastic about all of his different experiences he lives through while touring Britain. I lived in England and have read Bryson's other works, so I tried this one out. I think you must be British or very familiar with the culture to fully appreciate this book. Bryson visits the big cities, but also many small towns that I have never heard of, and therefore found hard to imagine. My lack of British knowledge did not gravely affect my enjoying this book very much. Bryson retells his traveling experiences that we all can relate to, and others that we can be glad never happened to us. This book delves deep into the British culture; past London and Dover, and into samll towns and seaside resorts. Bryson also includes his take on life, lightheartedly criticizing different groups of people and expressing his admiration or exasperation regarding these people. I found this book thoroughly enjoyable and a light, funny, and educational read. I recommend this book to the traveled person who has an appreciation for the English culture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2000

    Don't Trust Them, They're Up to Something

    As an Englishman in Houston, I recommend this book to everyone who says 'I keep meaning to go there'. The daily annoyances and minutiae of English life are well dealt with, and I had to fill the stereotype by laughing at myself. Bryson is saddened by the English ability to do away with fine architecture, and fine life, in search of something more modern, but the most surprising thing -- except to an Englishman -- is how little has changed since George Mikes wrote 'How to be an Alien' sixty years ago (not available in the US; try

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