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The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain

de Bill Bryson

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History. Travel. Nonfiction. HTML:A loving and hilarious??if occasionally spiky??valentine to Bill Bryson??s adopted country, Great Britain. Prepare for total joy and multiple episodes of unseemly laughter.
Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land. The result was Notes from a Small Island, a true classic and one of the bestselling travel books ever written. Now he has traveled about Britain again, by bus and train and rental car and on foot, to see what has changed??and what hasn??t.
Following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis in the south to Cape Wrath in the north, by way of places few travelers ever get to at all, Bryson rediscovers the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly singular country that he both celebrates and, when called for, twits. With his matchless instinct for the funniest and quirkiest and his unerring eye for the idiotic, the bewildering, the appealing, and the ridiculous, he offers acute and perceptive insights into all that is best and worst about Britain today.
Nothing is more entertaining than Bill Bryson on the road??and on a tear. The Road to Little Dribbling reaffirms his stature as a master of the travel narrative??and a really,
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    Notes from a Small Island de Bill Bryson (dajashby)
    dajashby: Twenty years earlier, Bryson hits on the winning formula. Every bit as amusing.
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    Real Cardiff de Peter Finch (darllenwr_brwd)
    darllenwr_brwd: If you want to focus on the contemporary and the historical of a city bypassed by Bryson this may be for you.
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The Road to Little Dribbling is the twenty-year follow-up to Notes from a Small Island, Bill Bryson’s classic travelog covering his 1995 road trip across Great Britain. Notes was enough of a disappointment that if Dribbling hadn't already been on my bookshelf I would have skipped it, and I would have missed out. The humor was more like what I’ve come to expect from Bryson - absurd, ironic, and a bit snarky - with no hint of the meanness that spoiled the first book for me. ( )
  wandaly | Oct 17, 2023 |
This was not fun. It was like travelling 'round Great Britain with my rather grumpy father in law who only wants to talk about how good things used to be and how crappy things now are. ( )
  beentsy | Aug 12, 2023 |
I find myself really divided on how to review this book. Bill Bryson obviously has an overall admiration, and respect for Great Britain and it's people. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Bryson wax poetic on the beautiful, peaceful landscapes of Britain. And I learned so much about Britain's fascinating and incredibly ancient history ! Well done Bill. But on the other hand, when describing modern day Brits, Bryson came off as a nasty, cantankerous old man. So much bitching and whining, it became tiresome all too often. And what bothered me the most was his miserly complaining about paying a pound or two too much for a meal, train fair, museum admission etc. etc. etc. You name it, he bitched about. In a world where over a billion people live in abject poverty, listening to a man who has done very well for himself,constantly complaining about the price of tea is repulsive. ( )
  kevinkevbo | Jul 14, 2023 |
Een van de dingen die je meemaakt
als je ouder wordt, is dat je
een heleboel nieuwe manieren
vindt om je te bezeren.

Bill Bryson kwam tot deze conclusie nadat hij door een neerzwaaiende slagboom nagenoeg in de grond werd geheid. We zijn de slagboom in kwestie uitermate dankbaar voor de klap op zijn kanis, want hierdoor besloot hij om de roadtrip door Groot-Brittannië die hij beschreef in Een klein eiland nog eens over te doen, twintig jaar later. De meester-observator met het monumentale gevoel voor humor legde ons met De weg naar Little Dribbling in een deuk die vertrouwd aanvoelde. Als Amerikaan die lang geleden in Engeland verzeilde, switcht Bryson naar hartenlust tussen de rol van buitenstaander en die van ingezetene, wat een uniek beeld van de Britse cultuur oplevert. Niettegenstaande Bryson heerlijk kan mopperen bij vergane glorie hier en een verdwenen ironmonger daar, werkt zijn grote liefde voor zijn eiland bijzonder aanstekelijk. We zien jullie in Dover.

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  frankdoorme | Jun 16, 2023 |
Wow. It took me an extraordinarily long time to finish this book, especially considering how much I enjoyed it. Yes, I put it down for a couple of weeks to read a library book I'd been waiting for for many weeks, but still. I may also have been slowed down by the fact that at least once every chapter I found myself laughing out loud and marking, copying or reading some phrase or passage to whoever happened to be nearby. There is so much here-- it is primarily observations taken on Bryson's second (purposeful) trip around Britain, done a few decades after his first one, and after he'd been living in the country all that time. But more than just passionate exaltations about the beauty of the landscape (of which there are many), there is a great deal of history as well as commentary about the current state of the culture and politics of the place. The descriptions are so rapturous, I wanted to visit many places immediately. I certainly plan to go and walk around Britain a lot someday, and I will certainly take this book along with me when I do. ( )
  karenchase | Jun 14, 2023 |
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Diderich, PeterTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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History. Travel. Nonfiction. HTML:A loving and hilarious??if occasionally spiky??valentine to Bill Bryson??s adopted country, Great Britain. Prepare for total joy and multiple episodes of unseemly laughter.
Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land. The result was Notes from a Small Island, a true classic and one of the bestselling travel books ever written. Now he has traveled about Britain again, by bus and train and rental car and on foot, to see what has changed??and what hasn??t.
Following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis in the south to Cape Wrath in the north, by way of places few travelers ever get to at all, Bryson rediscovers the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly singular country that he both celebrates and, when called for, twits. With his matchless instinct for the funniest and quirkiest and his unerring eye for the idiotic, the bewildering, the appealing, and the ridiculous, he offers acute and perceptive insights into all that is best and worst about Britain today.
Nothing is more entertaining than Bill Bryson on the road??and on a tear. The Road to Little Dribbling reaffirms his stature as a master of the travel narrative??and a really,

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