Summary: 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…Read more.
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Bill Bryson: The Road To Little Dribbling Audio Book Summary
Bill Bryson is a stand-up comedian who has specialized in writing about travel among other things.
Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson made a trip to Britain, which he documented in his book Notes From a Small Island. Now, in The Road To Little Dribbling, he has again traveled to the same place to discover new adventures.
The author crossed England and Scotland by the longest possible route. It is a journey from the south coast of England to the north coast of Scotland. In The Road To Little Dribbling, the author goes on to describe the most exciting or catchy phases of his journey, as if it were a journey log, but written with the sense of humor that characterizes Bryson, which, In a very fun combination of geography, life styles; And entertainment.
It is basically Bryson touring the English countryside and commenting on everything interesting. It talks about areas that are given great importance and care, and other equally beautiful areas that nobody pays attention to. He talks about the food he considers to be really good despite the often unpleasant names with which they name the dishes.
Bryson enjoys most of British life, however, he is not afraid to express his continuing complaints about traffic, or the lack of design of the city, celebrities who blame stupid.
He talks about the phenomenon of immigration and what this means for the country, is interesting because it comes from the position of an immigrant.
It throws a lot of comments about how Britain has changed and not precisely for the better, over the last twenty years. Most of his stories focus on the southern suburb of England.
Bryson also issues a certain amount of political commentary on the United States and Britain. This book is funny and full of strange facts and observations about the madness of the Americans and the British.
At the end of the book, Bryson lists everything he likes about Britain. It is a great list that gives us a clear idea of the wonders that can be found there, whether we want to visit the country or want to know a little more about it.
Bryson is mildly crabby with a low tolerance for what he considers idiotic, but it is that characteristic, coupled with an extraordinary sense of irreverent humor that make this book something truly interesting.
With regard to the book in general, the only apparent failure is that even though it is a travel book, it is sometimes easy to get lost in the descriptions of the territory that Bryson toured for lack of a guide map that provides a graphical view of its route, or , A list of places to follow to Bryson.
This is an unpretentious book, simple and entertaining, that comes from a man who speaks with sincerity about his perceptions of a country that he considers to have adopted him and for which he has great esteem. It is a perfect work to read one chapter at a time. It is light, but full of curiosities and cultural information about other countries.