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The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain (edició 2016)

de Bill Bryson (Autor)

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The hilarious and loving sequel to a hilarious and loving classic of travel writing: Notes from a Small Island, Bill Bryson's valentine to his adopted country of England. In 1995 Bill Bryson got into his car and took a weeks-long farewell motoring trip about England before moving his family back to the United States. The book about that trip, Notes from a Small Island, is uproarious and endlessly endearing, one of the most acute and affectionate portrayals of England in all its glorious eccentricity ever written. Two decades later, he set out again to rediscover that country, and the result is The Road to Little Dribbling.… (més)
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Títol:The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain
Autors:Bill Bryson (Autor)
Informació:Doubleday (2016), Edition: Illustrated, 400 pages
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The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain de Bill Bryson

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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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I've long been a fan of Mr Bryson. His books are informative, witty and delightfully written.

The Road to Little Dribbling picks up where my previous favourite book was based: Great Britain. Mr Bryson's observations about British culture, countryside and inhabitants were spot on. He managed to get me laughing out loud at some of his anecdotes and caused me to reflect longingly on the natural beauty that abounds throughout England and Scotland.

Having only just finished the book this morning I'll definitely be re-reading it before long (however, next time I hope to find an English printed version as I did find the American spelling slightly distracting).

If you have the slightest interest in Great Britain, or are a bit of an Anglophile like me, you must rush out and buy this book immediately, if not sooner.
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  joweirqt | Jan 15, 2021 |
The long tradition of travel stories continues through people like Bill Bryson. I'm a huge fan of his [b:A Short History of Nearly Everything|21|A Short History of Nearly Everything|Bill Bryson|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1433086293s/21.jpg|2305997] which is one if the most informative popular (but not too simplified) descriptions of our world I've read, but this is only the second book by him I've read.

The book itself seems to be (is) a repetition of a 20 year old book success where the American wannabe-Brit Bill Bryson traveled around the island ([b:Notes from a Small Island|28|Notes from a Small Island|Bill Bryson|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1479653223s/28.jpg|940892]).

The Road to Little Dribbling is a collection of short stories, quick impression and thoughts about Britain of today (well around 2013-2016). They do provoke chuckles, but more than anything, Bryson seems to have transformed into someone that only miss the old times, unless he's always been like this. He compares what he see with what he remember and in most cases declare or hint that the old version was better. On the other hand, he seems to be aware, and maybe even promote, of his role as old grumpy man.

The book starts strong by declaring The Bryson Line, the longest possible straight line from south to north and his intent to travel it. Unfortunately he seems to really like walking around in southern England, and spends most of the book going east and west in Essex, and Sussex and all the other Exes rather than north. I know people further north and I so looked forward to telling them about all the things they probably already know. Now I think the book reached northern England after 400 out of 450 pages, and the last 30 pages was about getting to the end of the the Bryson Line.

All in all, I enjoyed the book and I'm thankful I read it, but it the depressed view he describes scare me a bit.

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  bratell | Dec 25, 2020 |
TL;DR: Old man yells at cloud.

I really enjoyed all of Bryson's past travelogues, but the tone of this book is just super grumpy and unfunny. He spends most of his time complaining about how things were better in the good ol' days, and making pointless, negative hyperbolic statements about everything. Every time I tried to make progress in this book it felt like a chore, and was the first Bryson book that I've put down without finishing. ( )
  apesic | Dec 16, 2020 |
Bryson does another tour of England/Wales/Scotland and gives the reader many interesting side notes about famous, and not so famous, sites. ( )
  addunn3 | Sep 21, 2020 |
An old man stumbles around England, Wales, and Scotland while screaming at people who work in the service industry (even when he, in his head, acknowledges that he is the one that is in the wrong (like accidentally entering the wrong store then being upset that store didn't have what he wanted then being told he is in the wrong store)). Occasionally some interesting tidbits. Not as 'fun' as other travel books by the same author. ( )
  MikeBriggs | Sep 5, 2020 |
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The hilarious and loving sequel to a hilarious and loving classic of travel writing: Notes from a Small Island, Bill Bryson's valentine to his adopted country of England. In 1995 Bill Bryson got into his car and took a weeks-long farewell motoring trip about England before moving his family back to the United States. The book about that trip, Notes from a Small Island, is uproarious and endlessly endearing, one of the most acute and affectionate portrayals of England in all its glorious eccentricity ever written. Two decades later, he set out again to rediscover that country, and the result is The Road to Little Dribbling.

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