Britain fascinates Americans: it's familiar, yet alien; the same in some ways, yet so different. Bryson does an excellent job of showing his adopted home to a Yank audience, but you never get the feeling that Bryson is too much of an outsider to know the true nature of the country. Notes from a Small Island strikes a nice balance: the writing is American-silly with a British range of vocabulary. Bryson's marvelous ear is also in evidence: "... I noted the names of the little villages we passed through--Pinhead, West Stuttering, Bakelite, Ham Hocks, Sheepshanks ..." If you're an Anglophile, you'll devour Notes from a Small Island. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
as expected. Very good book; especially, for someone travelling to UK. This is not a guide; but it gives an interesting background.Published 1 month ago by MD
Mr. Bryson nails what England is like exactly and perfectly. I myself have had similarly bewildering encounters with the english when traveling there, and I was born and raised... Read morePublished 12 months ago by idonotusescreennames
While I will say that Bryson's writing improved over the years, it's hard not to enjoy reading his perspective on the United States. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Dennis Myers
I have read this book a half dozen times or so. It is Bryson (almost) at his best. There is very little in the way of historical fact, or socio-economic observations here, rather,... Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2010 by C. J. Thompson
I usually enjoy brysons work but this book was painful to finish. very few interesting insights into the british. Read morePublished on March 28 2010 by Jason Certi
I saved reading this book for my lastest trip to England, and finished it on the plane home. Bryson gives a fantastic, tongue-in-cheek description of small town, and well, large... Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2005 by L Merryweather
Bryson's best book is "Notes From a Small Island," about traveling in Great Britain. It's one of the funniest books I've read. Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by Thomas D. Kehoe