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Mortensen's review of Bill Bryson, Notes from a Small Island


“often pedantic”

written by Mortensen on 14/09/2015

I had read both "A Walk in the Woods", and "Neither Here Nor There" and was looking forward to reading this one, especially since my husband and I had traveled around London & Yorkshire years ago and loved the area. I was disappointed that his "read" often sounded like he was speaking as a fussy old woman - didn't sound like either of the other two books. I suppose he was taking on the "British" dialect, but he also used formal phrases (which he might have thought "proper") but just made the language sound stiff, and not relatable. In addition, I found his humor in this book (which I simply loved in the other two books) to be more flat, and too contrived. And I agree with the other reviewer about many area descriptions to be boring and tiresome (the descriptions, not the describing area). Sorry, Bill, can't say this was your best.

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