"Suddenly, in the space of a moment, I realized what it was that I loved about Britain--which is to say, all of it. Every last bit of it, good and bad--old churches, country lanes, people saying 'Mustn't grumble' and 'I'm terribly sorry but,' ...
people apologizing to me when I conk them with a careless elbow, milk in bottles, beans on toast, haymaking in June, seaside piers, Ordinance Survey maps, tea and crumpets, summer showers and foggy winter evenings--every bit of it."After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson, the acclaimed author of such bestsellers as The Mother Tongue and Made in America, decided it was time to move back to the United States for a while. This was partly to let his wife and kids experience life in Bryson's homeland--and partly because he had read that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another. It was thus clear to him that his people needed him.But before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire, Bryson insisted on taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. His aim was to take stock of modern-day Britain, and to analyze what he loved so much about a country that had produced Marmite, zebra crossings, and place names like Farleigh Wallop, Titsey, and Shellow Bowells.With characteristic wit and irreverence, Bill Bryson presents the ludicrous and the endearing in equal measure. The result is a hilarious social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain.
Absolutely funny. The author decides to start again his first travel across the Great Britain because he is planning to come back to USA.The book is a trip all around British places and habits, from the very beginning, a ferry boat travel from
..." from France, to the alienlike landscapes in Highlands. Bryson is able to complain or explain his happiness about weather, food and train in a way that let the reader thinking about booking a flight to UK. Being a while in Scotland and England, I can confirm lots of situations in the same funny or annoying way, like the impossibility to understand people from Glasgow, having fun in Exeter after sunset or British way to be absolutely kind and respectful. This book shows Bryson's love for the island he lived in and could be uses as a guide to discover Great Britain. Continua...Nascondi
Being a regular traveller, Bryson has the ability to compare the UK with many other places, while also providing an almost native kind of insight and background, after living there for over 20 years.With his usual blend of humour he describes many
..."ribes many cities and towns, with their long history (maybe more than they can comfortably handle), mild weather, friendly people. I have lived in the UK for a few years and feel embarrassed that I haven't seen or understood nearly that much in my days there.
UK is not without its share of shortcomings (e.g. architectural blunders), and Bryson is not blind to these, but still he maintains loving and supportive tone in his criticism.Continua...Nascondi
A terrific read! It's humourous, observant, funny and well-written, by an author who knows what he's talking about and shows a genuine love for the heritage and the architecture of the little island. Especially liked the observations on English
..." character :)
It occasionally slows down and gets a little repetitive, for example in the parts about the English riviera during low season, but I think that's not enough for me to stop appreciating the book.
You'll enjoy it if you have been to Britain, but also if you haven't, since Bryson's writing is so much fun. It was my first book by this author, but I'll definitely look for other books he published! Continua...Nascondi
This book will make you laugh a lot and learn about the United Kingdom and some of its most interesting places. This book is full of anecdotes about each of the city that Bryson visits on a trip around Britain.