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===Bad===
 
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* A lot of the jokes and exaggerations fall flat on me.
 
* A lot of the jokes and exaggerations fall flat on me.
* Bryson belabors the point of old stuff being superior to modern stuff, but his arguments are the standard flawed variety.
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* Bryson belabors the point of old stuff being superior to modern stuff, but his arguments are the standard flawed variety. He even exposes the flaw in his "old is sacred" mentality when he writes how honored he was to see an ancient Roman mosaic tiled floor, only to later be corrected that it was merely a replica.
 
* Too much of the book is spent describing small towns in the UK that few will ever see. It's hard to get excited over yet another hamlet.
 
* Too much of the book is spent describing small towns in the UK that few will ever see. It's hard to get excited over yet another hamlet.
  

Revision as of 11:31, 15 July 2019

Notes From a Small Island is a comedic travel book about Great Britain by Bill Bryson, first published in 1996.

Review

Good

  • The book describes a lot of the oddities of British terminology, custom, and attitude.

Bad

  • A lot of the jokes and exaggerations fall flat on me.
  • Bryson belabors the point of old stuff being superior to modern stuff, but his arguments are the standard flawed variety. He even exposes the flaw in his "old is sacred" mentality when he writes how honored he was to see an ancient Roman mosaic tiled floor, only to later be corrected that it was merely a replica.
  • Too much of the book is spent describing small towns in the UK that few will ever see. It's hard to get excited over yet another hamlet.

Ugly

  • Nothing really, but I found my mind drifting a lot and had a hard time staying interested.

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