Didn’t Like It
“Mostly boring. Don't know how I made it through.”see full review » see other reviews »
“I love Theroux's travel books - however this one did not make me want to tour the coast of England. The Scotland portion did seem fun. ”Hans Hoffmann wrote this review Sunday, February 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A circuit around the english coastline which is for the most part quite depressing. The death of industry, closure of rail routes has led to third world living conditions in many of the cities that hug the coast.”danoomistmatiste wrote this review Monday, January 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I consider this a 1980s prequel to Bill Bryson's 1990s "Notes From a Small Island," what with the common American-writer-observing-boorish-Brits-whilst-becoming-quite-boorish-himself oeuvre at play. At least Bryson ends on a note of appreciation for the island and its inhabitants. Theroux, by contrast, just seems bitter that he ever undertook the effort -- kind of like most all of his other travelogues.”RKWDC wrote this review Monday, May 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“1983”BooknBlues wrote this review Saturday, March 12, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Mostly boring. Don't know how I made it through.”Judy S wrote this review Wednesday, August 25, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I found this book boring and a real slog to get through. After finishing it, I did not feel any satisfaction whatsoever. It was a chore to pick it up and read. When I did read some, put it down, then later come back to it, I found that I had no idea what had just happened, none of it had sunk in, but that it didn’t matter anyway, because one page was just like another. The content differed slightly depending on what area of the UK Theroux was in, but the style was the same, monotonous and dull.
He quickly moves on from place to place in his writing style, as if he was hurrying through his journey just as I was (trying to) hurry through his book. He gets to Ulster about 2 thirds into the book, and finishes the rest of the jouney in the last third.
There are some amusing anecdotes, but they are very few and far between. He admits early on to making up some of the names of the people he talks to, which made me disbelieve a lot of his conversations. I just couldn’t buy some of them.”