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I don't like Bryson's writing style. I have always said this since I tried to read Notes from a Small Island and felt his humour at my country's expense was not worth my eyesight. So, being asked to read this for a RG brought forth vitriolic condemnation from me in spades. Having read this I had to return to the group and eat humble pie! :o


This book is seriously funny. In fact, I am almost ashamed to say, I laughed out loud many times.


It is an interesting format with each chapter starting with a newspaper quote and a photograph from the family album. Both Bryson's parents wrote for newspapers, so the pattern fits. In fact there is a lot about the parents and their lives as much as Bryson's. He had an older brother and sister, but they didn't seem to impinge on his life so much.


For me the fact that Bryson grew up in the 1950s, albeit in American, was of great interest. This was my growing up era too (though not in America of course) and I am a little older than him. I was fascinated to read about all the consumer goods that were available in the States at that time. How there seemed to be so much food to choose from. Whereas my memory of that time is the complete opposite.


Bryson turns himself into an imagined super hero to cope with growing up adding that element of humour to every story.


I have modified my view of Mr. Bryson's writing. My next venture through his words will be his slim volume entitled Shakespeare. I am looking forward to being thoroughly entertained again.

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I have modified my view of Mr. Bryson's writing.
Maybe he's growing up, then? Notes From A Small Island reads as if it were written by a brattish teenager.

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