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Bill Byson

Notes from a Small Island

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SUMMARY: «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-bestsellingauthor of The Mother Tongue and Made in America-decided to returnto the United States. («I had recently read,» Bryson writes, «that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another,so it was clear that my people needed me.») But before departing, he set out ona grand farewell tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home.Veering from the ludicrous to the endearing and back again, Notes from a Small Island is a delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation that has produced zebra crossings, Shakespeare, Twiggie Winkie’s Farm, and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey. The result is an uproarious social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain, from the satiric pen of an unapologetic Anglophile.»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, i>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 abducted by aliens at one time or another, so it was clear that my people needed me.») But before departing, he set out on a grand farewell tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. Veering from the ludicrous to the endearing and back again, Notes from a Small Island is a delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation that has produced zebra crossings, Shakespeare, Twiggie Winkie’s Farm, and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey. The result is an uproarious social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain, from the satiric pen of an unapologetic Anglophile.
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    Towns is the UK-smaller and bigger, interesting and not so much, described in Brycon's humourous, wonderful way!

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    Oksana Seredniakhar citeretfor 5 år siden
    I was having my favourite dream the one where I own a large, remote island, not unlike those off this section of Scottish coast, to which I invite carefully selected people, like the guy who invented the Christmas tree lights that go out when one bulb blows, the person in charge of escalator maintenance at Heathrow Airport, nearly anyone who has ever written a user's manual for a personal computer, and of course John Selwyn Gummer, let them loose with a very small amount of survival rations, and then go out with braying dogs and mercilessly hunt them down
    Oksana Seredniakhar citeretfor 5 år siden
    It's an odd thing about mothers generally, I believe. As soon as you leave home they merrily throw away everything that you cherished through childhood and adolescence your valuable collection of baseball cards, a complete set of Playboys from 196675, your highschool yearbooks but give them half a peach or a spoonful of leftover peas and they will put it in a Tupperware container at the back of the fridge and treasure it more or less for ever.
    Oksana Seredniakhar citeretfor 5 år siden
    Almost any encounter with a stranger begins with the words 'I'm terribly sorry but' followed by a request of some sort 'could you tell me the way to Brighton,' 'help me find a shirt my size,' 'get your steamer trunk off my foot.' And when you've fulfilled their request, they invariably offer a hesitant, apologetic smile and say sorry again, begging forgiveness for taking up your time or carelessly leaving their foot where your steamer trunk clearly needed to go. I just love that.

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