Uno dei più amati autori di libri di viaggio alle prese con un itinerario a dir poco insolito: l’esplorazione della sua dimora inglese, un’ex canonica vittoriana situata in uno sperduto villaggio del Norfolk. La sfida è quella di posare su quanto ci circonda uno sguardo diverso, attento e capace di svelarci la loro più intima natura di stratificati e misteriosi depositi di Storia. Perché, avverte Bryson, anche se non ce ne rendiamo conto, a casa nostra finisce in realtà «qualunque cosa succeda nel mondo, qualsiasi cosa venga scoperta, creata o aspramente contesa». Il nostro microcosmo domestico, fatto di sale da pranzo, camere da letto, bagni, ma anche di dispense, ripostigli, saliere, trappole per topi, interruttori della luce, diventa così un accesso privilegiato per capire com’è cambiato, negli ultimi centocinquant’anni, il nostro rapporto con il sonno, il cibo, il sesso, le malattie, la vita di coppia e l’educazione dei figli. E da letti, divani e giardini di casa fino allo scorbuto, la torre Eiffel o i viaggi avventurosi del capitano Cook, il passo è assai più breve di quanto avremmo mai immaginato, e il percorso ricco di bellissime sorprese e di continue scoperte.
- ISBN: 8850245726
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 540
I came across a review that dismissed Bill Bryson's work as being entertaining fact collection that doesn't present anything new. I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment, if not the implication. There is nothing wrong with entertaining fact collection, and, in my mind, everything right with it. In Leggi tutto
If Bill Bryson and Sarah Vowell wrote all the history texts, and Mary Roach wrote all the science texts, our society would be more educated and amused than anywhere on earth. I want to say that this book was a greatly informative text on the history of sanitation, architecture, anglo-saxon culture,
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Let me preface this review by saying that, yes, I am a fan of Bill Bryson and I love history books. At Home is not Bryson's best work. Its loosely-organized premise (a room-by-room history of everyday life and everyday objects) feels overly-contrived and, in practice, makes for a rather clumsy and wa Leggi tutto
Reading this book is rather like having a trivia buff give you a sixteen-hour, cocaine-fueled tour of his house. It is exhilarating, exhausting, and often alarming.
This is a very hard book to categorize. Ostensibly, it's a description of the author's home in England, but that really doesn't cover it. All I could think of as I was reading it was a great conversation. If we went to his home - an English parsonage built in 1851 - for dinner we would, of course, t Leggi tutto
I have a brain crush on Bill Bryson. I find his books entertaining, insightful and delightfully humorous. "At Home" did not disappoint, giving a fascinating, rambling, Everything-But-the-Kitchen-Sink view of world history. The book is structured into chapters based on the different parts of a house, Leggi tutto
Bryson brings us another fascinating tome filled with delightful trivia and anecdotes in this history of housing in Britain. The “hall” as we know it today is a place to leave the muddy boots and hang coats. Originally, it *was* the whole house. With an open hearth in the middle and members of the f Leggi tutto
Tremendously interesting history book for people with ADD and butterfly minds. It's as if someone had taken an encyclopedia and very cleverly joined all the entries so it looked like a proper book. Oh, it was a proper book! Well then, very clever.
There are quite a few people I know and respect that don’t really like Bill Bryson. I’ve never quite understood why not. I’m actually very fond of his writing and from this distance I even tend to think he has the perfect life. I mean, you would think that the word dilettante (or perhaps autodidact) Leggi tutto
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