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Published by Doubleday on January 19, 2016
Genres: British, Travel
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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. Nothing is funnier than Bill Bryson on the road—prepare for the total joy and multiple episodes of unseemly laughter.
Oh Bill Bryson, I haven’t read one of your books in years, but The Road to Little Dribbling brought me right back. My sister is the person who originally introduced me to Bryson back in the early 2000’s with In A Sunburned Country. I followed that with A Walk in the Woods and of course Notes From a Small Island. The Road to Little Dribbling is the follow up to Notes From a Small Island written twenty years later. I enjoy Bryson’s mix of anecdotes and historical facts. It is a true talent to be able to a make a story about museum exhibits and pay toilets synch up and be entertaining.
In The Road to Little Dribbling Bryson returns to a few of the same locals he previously visited, as well as new locations. Bryson is able to wrap the mundane in such interesting turns of phrase that catching trains and sitting on bus benches are a delight. At times the history inserted is a little dry, but the mundane is always quickly abandoned for the quirky. Bryson epitomizes the peak of travel writing and each chapter and location delight the mind. I highly recommend The Road to Little Dribbling as a way to take a great mental vacation. Bill Bryson never fails to entertain and I am glad I was able to enter his world once again.
Favorite lines – Isn’t it amazing how many people in the world hate you? Most of them you will never even meet, and yet they really don’t like you at all. All the people who write software at Microsoft hate you, and so do most of the people who answer phones at Expedia. The people at TripAdvisor would hate you, if they weren’t so fucking stupid. Almost all frontline hotel employees detest you, as do airline employees without exception. But nobody, absolutely nobody, hates you as much as the people who make English bus shelters.
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