Notes from a Small Island (Notes from a Small Island #1)

Notes from a Small Island (Notes from a Small Island #1)

"Suddenly, in the space of a moment, I realized what it was that I loved about Britain-which is to say, all of it." After nearly two decades spent on British soil, Bill Bryson - bestselling author of The Mother Tongue and Made in America-decided to return to the United States. ("I had recently read," Bryson writes, "that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abd "Suddenly, in the space of a moment, I realized what it was that I loved about Britain-which is to say, all of it." ...

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Title:Notes from a Small Island (Notes from a Small Island #1)
Author:Bill Bryson
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Genres:Travel
ISBN:Notes from a Small Island
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:324 pages pages

Notes from a Small Island (Notes from a Small Island #1) Reviews

  • Lisa Vegan
    Jul 29, 2007
    It took me forever to read this because I was constantly picking it up and putting it down, not because I wasn?t enjoying it, but because it?s one of those books where it works to read it in this way, and I read so many other books during the times I took breaks from reading this b...
  • Alissa
    Jun 28, 2007
    Bill Bryson likes hedgerows, yelling at people, the English language, complaining, pretending to be a hiker, the fifth Duke of Portland, W.J.C. Scott-Bentinck, and himself. He tries too hard to be clever, and although you're being introduced to some interesting mental pictures ("a mid-...
  • Stacy
    Jun 22, 2008
    I only got about a third of the way through this book. I was giving Bill Bryson one more chance to impress me, but he didn't quite do it. I would recommend this book for anyone who has lived in England, as many of the references in the book would escape someone who has not spent mu...
  • Anne
    Aug 15, 2007
    I studied for a summer in Bath, adore Wimbledon, and I am a huge fan of Shakespeare and most of literary canon which can be defined as British Lit, so I think I've always had a special place in my heart for the UK, particularly England. Also, this was introduction to Bryson and I w...
  • Conal
    Dec 07, 2007
    I happened upon this book by chance and read it because I enjoy Bill Bryson's writing style. His witty observations are not absent from this travelogue from his adopted home of the UK. The funny text and clever wording, however, do little to mask the fact that Bryson does not actually ...
  • Diane
    Sep 17, 2012
    This book combines several of my favorite things: travelogues, England, and the charm of Bill Bryson. It is the book version of comfort food. So you can understand why I instinctively reached for this audiobook on the the first day of my new job. I wanted something comforting. An...
  • Dish
    Jan 06, 2008
    It was hardly surprising to discover that the first book I finished in 2008 was one of my comfort re-reads. For these are the books I treasure, in the absolute certainty that whenever I feel bored, depressed, tired, lonely, miserable, or just over-whelmed by daily life I can pull them ...
  • Marti
    Mar 03, 2012
    Ambling know-it-all wanders around the UK, complaining about architecture, getting drunk, finding delight in little, and generally having a hard time deciding where to eat (always Indian or Chinese in the end). It paints a pretty depressing picture of the UK, when I think his intenti...
  • Ben Babcock
    Dec 08, 2012
    Since I moved to England this fall, I haven?t done too much travelling around the country. I?ve been to London a couple of times, neither of which I did much that could be described as a touristy; the same applies to my trips to Cambridge. I went up to Scotland during the half-term...
  • Cecily
    Jul 01, 2009
    After 20 years in England, Bill Bryson decided to tour Britain in 1995 by public transport over ~6 weeks and write a book about it. HUMOUR There are snippets of great humour and insight (?a young man with more on his mind than in it?; ?carpet with the sort of pattern you ge...
  • Petra X
    Jun 20, 2011
    Quite an entertaining book. Bryson is at his best when presented with oddities and eccentricities he can describe to, what he seems to presume anyway, a foreign audience who will be all agog at such just how different the British are. Its quite amusing to have our foibles pointed out b...
  • Molly
    Jan 01, 2009
    My first exposure to Bill Bryson was "A Walk In The Woods" which is about his desire to leave modern America behind and go for a stroll along the Appalachian Trail. I love that book and found it to be hysterical and at other times very sensible in his commentary about the world around ...
  • Lizzie
    Aug 01, 2015
    So, about a month ago, I moved to England from the U.S., to London. (Recently enough that it still feels a little bit preposterous to say.) One of the things we had to do, in packing our suitcases, was select which books we'd carry with us for the next several weeks and which would tra...
  • Riku Sayuj
    Jul 14, 2017
    Bryson, true to spirit, makes you laugh at everything about the place and fall in love with the place at the same time. No wonder for years the Brits have considered this the most representative travel book about themselves. Full review to follow. ...
  • ·Karen·
    Nov 10, 2012
    Mr Bryson has an entertaining line of patter, a nice, wry humour and he works very very hard to endear himself with the reader. Look, I'm a regular guy from Iowa who sometimes gets really narked at owners of undisciplined dogs and thinks hedgerows are A Good Thing and cars aren't. But ...
  • Eric_W
    Nov 12, 2008
    Before returning to his native United States after a sojourn of some twenty years in England, Bryson decided to take a trip around that "small island." The hysterical comments in this book are the result. The British loved it so much it was a best-seller for months, and they turned it ...
  • Trudie
    Dec 16, 2012
    Ah, so Bill and I had a break-up around the middle part of this book. He was getting on my very last nerve with his sudden unfriendly outbursts to dogwalkers and jolly families enjoying cream buns. It was also rather tiresome, this carping about architectural eyesores. I get it, I do, ...
  • Algernon
    May 23, 2016
    Newsflash: I have a new entry into my Top Ten Authors (past and present) that I would like to invite to a night out at the pub for a session of heavy drinking and tall tales. Bill Bryson, with his sly humour and irreverent atitude towards tourism, is a strong contender for th...
  • Connie
    Aug 20, 2011
    Bill Bryson, originally from Iowa, had lived in England for the last twenty years. When he and his wife decided to move their family back to the States, he took a last trip around Britain. Except for a few days, he took only public transportation and hiked for seven weeks. Bryson trave...
  • Jan-Maat
    Jul 11, 2011
    Easily my favourite Bryson book and one I happily recommend as a light hearted introduction to Britain. Bryson is the perfect coffee and a doughnut writer. You can read him while concentrating on your coffee and it will pass your time pleasantly, maybe you won't gain anything from t...
  • Vasco Simões
    Jun 27, 2016
    A propsito do Brexit achei que esta era uma boa altura para ler este livro. J tinha gostado muito de ler Aquele Vero de 1927 de Bryson e tinha vontade de compreender melhor os britnicos e um pouco da sua histria. Mas este no o livro que me vai ajudar nesse assunto tal co...
  • Roy Lotz
    Aug 08, 2015
    Unfortunately for me, I?ve never been to England, nor have I even met a great many English people in person. Yet like so many Americans, for my whole life I have been quietly enamored of British culture. Monty Python, The Beatles, John Milton, ?English Breakfast Tea? (which I ima...
  • Michelle
    Feb 03, 2017
    Maybe it's because I've worked for 25 years in customer service, but listening to some middle-class dude complain about trivialities is not my idea of entertainment, it's work. In the main, the book was okay. There were some hilarious bits, however, much of the humor was in the form...
  • Ty-Orion
    Feb 14, 2017
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  • Travelin
    Oct 25, 2013
    Predictably, practically useless as a metric for tourism in England. Bill is in such familiar territory that he unfurls his self-centred self in full, spending whole pages describing the organizational skills of his favorite hotel and insulting anonymous people who crossed him 20 years...
  • Darwin8u
    Aug 06, 2017
    "One thing I have learned over the years is that your impressions of a place are necessarily, and often unshakably, colored by the route you take into it." - Bill Bryson, Notes from a Small Island It is really hard not to like Bill Bryson's travel books. Actually, it is hard n...
  • Asghar Abbas
    Dec 07, 2016
    I got this book by mistake and almost didn't read it. But I'm glad I did. Because The Crown . Now I realize the two got nothing to do with one another but Netflix sure knows how to jack you up. Despite the fact I despise monarchy of any sorts. Good book this , do read it. ...
  • James
    Sep 24, 2015
    ?Notes from a Small Island? and ?Neither Here nor There? are Bill Bryson?s early travelogues concerning his journeys through Britain and other European countries respectively. Both of these books are the strongest and the funniest of Bryson?s earliest work and undoubtedl...
  • Paul
    Nov 01, 2015
    I wasn't sure how much I'd get out of reading a book about my home country written by an American... but it turned out to be a joy. I hadn't realised, until I read the book, that Bryson had lived in the UK for many years. It gives him a rather unusual perspective on the place and makes...
  • Gary
    Mar 05, 2016
    I had been meaning to read this book for years, as its reputation as an entertaining read had preceded it. Now I have read it and can wholeheartedly endorse this reputation: I loved it. In case there is anyone out there who is totally unfamiliar with the subject of this book, I shal...