"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 more
Bryson's book is considered a must read if living in the UK, which is why I started it. Made it past halfway but simply couldn't take any more. It did give an understanding of the UK and its people, and that is one of the reasons I wanted to read it. I'm an American living in the UK. However,... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Bryson's book is considered a must read if living in the UK, which is why I started it. Made it past halfway but simply couldn't take any more. It did give an understanding of the UK and its people, and that is one of the reasons I wanted to read it. I'm an American living in the UK. However, I grew tired of the repetition. I love the UK, its people, its history and its beauty. Bryson started me on that journey, I've just decided to finish it on my own.
“It is an interesting experience to become acquainted with a country trough the eyes of the insane, and, if I may say so, a particularly useful grounding for life in Britain.”Bill Bryson
“How is it possible, in this wondrous land where the relics of genius and enterprise confront you at every step, where every realm of human possibility has been probed and challenged and meticulously extended, where many of the very greatest accomplishments of industry, commerce, and the arts find their seat - how is it possible in such a place that when at length I returned to my hotel and switched on the television, it was Cagney & Lacy again?”Bill Bryson
“"I think that's just wonderful--not that these features <geography of the UK> are modest in their dimensions but that they are modest, in the middle of a densely crowded island, and still wonderful. What an achievement that is. Did you know that to achieve the same density of population in America as in England you would have to uproot the entire populations of Illinois, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Michigan, Colorado, and Texas and pack them all into Iowa?"”Bill Bryson
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