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Notes from a Big Country

By Bill Bryson

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| Hardcover | 9780385410199

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After nearly two decades in England, Bill Bryson returned to the country of his birth. Gathered here are 18 months' worth of his "Mail on Sunday" columns about that strange phenomena, the American way of life, in which he brings his bemused wit to be Continue

After nearly two decades in England, Bill Bryson returned to the country of his birth. Gathered here are 18 months' worth of his "Mail on Sunday" columns about that strange phenomena, the American way of life, in which he brings his bemused wit to bear on one of the world's craziest countries.

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    Drôle d'Amérique

    Un long et savoureux voyage au cœur de l'Amérique profonde. Bill Bryson n'a pas son pareil pour nous faire partager ses aventures. Bien vu et très drôle. Irrésistible.

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    Teddy said on Mar 22, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    L'autore è simpatico, mi ha messo una gran voglia di andare a vivere in New England e per certi aspetti l'ho trovato molto simile a me (sempre pronto a lamentarsi e ad esagerare la realtà pur di trarne un aneddoto divertente), ma mi ha un po' scoccia ...(continue)

    L'autore è simpatico, mi ha messo una gran voglia di andare a vivere in New England e per certi aspetti l'ho trovato molto simile a me (sempre pronto a lamentarsi e ad esagerare la realtà pur di trarne un aneddoto divertente), ma mi ha un po' scocciato che molte volte più che parlare dell'America vista con gli occhi di un americano dopo vent'anni in Gran Bretagna si ritrovi a scrivere di argomenti a caso, a volte giocando su stereotipi o luoghi comuni (i nomi presuntuosi dei cibi nei ristoranti eleganti, l'incomprensibilità dei manuali di istruzione e bla bla), che mi sembra un tantino fuori tema e fatto giusto per consegnare l'articolo settimanale.

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    Eustachio said on May 22, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    Amazon.co.uk Review:
    "Here's a fact for you. According to the latest "Abstract of the United States", every year more than 400,00 Americans suffer injuries involving beds, mattresses or pillows...That is more people than live in greater Coventry. Tha ...(continue)

    Amazon.co.uk Review:
    "Here's a fact for you. According to the latest "Abstract of the United States", every year more than 400,00 Americans suffer injuries involving beds, mattresses or pillows...That is more people than live in greater Coventry. That is almost 2,000 bed, mattress or pillow injuries a day. In the time it takes you to read this article, four Americans will somehow manage to be wounded by their bedding."
    Fans of Bill Bryson will know by now that this is the kind of completely useless information that gets him excited. In fact, you are unlikely to read anyone else who derives quite so much pleasure from meaningless statistics. If those statistics are about the USA (Bryson's homeland) or his adopted England--or even better, comparing one to the other--then he is in heaven. And it is not only the uselessness of the information that interests him, but also the fact that Americans spend millions of dollars and hours each year collecting such data together.
    Though not a match for his earlier success of Notes from a Small Island, Notes from a Big Country takes a good second place. It collects together more than 18 months worth of Mail on Sunday columns which Bryson wrote between October 1996 and May 1998 after he and his English wife and children returned to the US and settled in New England. The only thing that outshines his amazement--and sometimes, outright dismay--at the way American society has changed while he's been away, is his English-born family's instant embracing of transatlantic culture.

    Although we have had this book for years and my husband has long since read and enjoyed it is still on my Mt TBR!
    Update: May 09: I have infact read this title but it looks as though I did not write a review at the time. Suffering from BB travelogue excess, reading them all too close together they have all merged rather into one! amusing reading though definitely.

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    Lindyloumac said on Jun 28, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    I found a great travel mate in this funny and hilarious book, Bill Bryson never delivers below expectations!

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    Balbotta said on Jun 14, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    Bill Bryson返回老家後,為英國讀者寫專欄,嬉笑怒罵美國生活點滴,結集成此書。寫專欄的Bryson遠不及寫書的他。

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    曾堯 joetsang said on Mar 12, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    After twenty years living in the UK, Mr. Bryson and his family decide to return to the US. Here Bryson starts writing a series of funny anecdotes about life in America. The book is hilarious, Bryson has a way of making fun at himself and of the thing ...(continue)

    After twenty years living in the UK, Mr. Bryson and his family decide to return to the US. Here Bryson starts writing a series of funny anecdotes about life in America. The book is hilarious, Bryson has a way of making fun at himself and of the things around us.

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    Lilyofthevalleys2000 said on Oct 7, 2010 | Add your feedback

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