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At Home [A]

By Bill Bryson

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| Paperback | 9780552777353

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In "At Home", Bill Bryson applies the same irrepressible curiosity, irresistible wit, stylish prose and masterful storytelling that made "A Short History of Nearly Everything" one of the most lauded books of the last decade, and delivers one of the m Continue

In "At Home", Bill Bryson applies the same irrepressible curiosity, irresistible wit, stylish prose and masterful storytelling that made "A Short History of Nearly Everything" one of the most lauded books of the last decade, and delivers one of the most entertaining and illuminating books ever written about the history of the way we live. Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote a lot more time to studying the battles and wars of history than to considering what history really consists of: centuries of people quietly going about their daily business - eating, sleeping and merely endeavouring to get more comfortable. And that most of the key discoveries for humankind can be found in the very fabric of the houses in which we live. This inspired him to start a journey around his own house, an old rectory in Norfolk, wandering from room to room considering how the ordinary things in life came to be.
Along the way he did a prodigious amount of research on the history of anything and everything, from architecture to electricity, from food preservation to epidemics, from the spice trade to the Eiffel Tower, from crinolines to toilets; and on the brilliant, creative and often eccentric minds behind them. And he discovered that, although there may seem to be nothing as unremarkable as our domestic lives, there is a huge amount of history, interest and excitement - and even a little danger - lurking in the corners of every home.

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    Lettura piacevole e godibile. Bill Bryson conduce il lettore in un viaggio affascinante attraverso la storia della vita privata.

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    perchè ci dovrebbe interessare la storia di come siamo arrivati al moderno wc o di come sono state costruite le fogne di londra?non lo so ma bill bryson,partendo da un tour virtuale della sua nuova casa,ci spiega come tante cose che ci circondino sia ...(continue)

    perchè ci dovrebbe interessare la storia di come siamo arrivati al moderno wc o di come sono state costruite le fogne di londra?non lo so ma bill bryson,partendo da un tour virtuale della sua nuova casa,ci spiega come tante cose che ci circondino siano nate come intuizioni di persone qualunque e ci hanno migliorato la vita.il tutto con la solita scrittura avvincente e ironica che lo contraddistingue

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    Michi said on Jan 8, 2012 | Add your feedback

Book Details

  • Rating:
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    • 4 stars
  • English Books
  • Paperback 259 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0552777358
  • ISBN-13: 9780552777353
  • Publisher: Black Swan
  • Publish date: 2011-05-26
  • Dimensions: 277 mm x 709 mm x 1,147 mm
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