Dopo aver vissuto in Inghilterra per quasi vent’anni, Bill Bryson decide di tornare con la famiglia negli Stati Uniti, dove è nato e cresciuto. Ma lo scarto tra l’America che aveva lasciato da ragazzo, quella che lo accoglie e le abitudini acquisite in un altro paese lo colpisce con la forza di un terremoto. Ogni giorno, suo malgrado, affronta piccole e grandi sfide, dovute alle differenze culturali e linguistiche fra i paesi, che lo lasciano sconcertato e allo stesso tempo divertito: tutte le cose che ha dovuto fare da adulto infatti – dalle più banali, come i piccoli lavori di manutenzione in casa, a quelle più importanti, come mettere al mondo dei figli o sottoscrivere un fondo pensione… – hanno avuto come sfondo la Gran Bretagna e in America tutto è simile ma anche profondamente diverso, oppure è cambiato nel corso degli anni. Ecco allora le incomprensioni dal ferramenta su come sia più corretto chiamare i tasselli per le mensole, l’incredulità davanti all’ossessione tutta americana per l’aria condizionata o il profondo rispetto per le regole (per cui si può essere redarguiti in un diner vuoto se ci si siede senza aver aspettato le indicazioni della cameriera, come intimato dal cartello all’entrata). Notizie da un grande paese è il racconto tragicomico del ricongiungimento con la terra natia, e una lettera d’amore al focolare ritrovato.
- ISBN: 8823516382
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 368
Who says you can't go home? Bryson grew up in America, married his English wife and moved to England with her. Now, after 20 years across the pond, he moves back. And that's when things got weird. Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unsettling business,
Have you ever visited a foreign country for a length of time, to the point where you were caught up in a completely different lifestyle and society, and then when you finally returned home, you experienced a form of reverse culture shock? That is what happened to Bill Bryson when he moved back to the Leggi tutto
When in doubt and/or a funky reading mood, pick a Bill Bryson book - that's my (newest) motto. As much as I'd love to re-read favourite books - if only to reacquaint myself with the story/characters and/or to check if they still thrill me as much, it's difficult to do so, when many unread books are b Leggi tutto
1000 BOOKS READ!!! Okay, maybe it's not an exact 1000. Some of the books I've added to my GR read list are not even books. On the other hand, I know I've forgotten some of the books I read as a kid, so maybe it evens out in the end, and GR's count is probably as accurate as it's going to get. Theref Leggi tutto
As an expat about to return to the US, this book simply wasn't Weird enough for me. It in no way captures my experience of how completely absurd the US feels upon returning after an extended absence. Obsessions with skinny white girls named Jessica; the unbelievable noise, especially from radio and
First think I will say is that this isn't the book I would finish if I didn't have to, for university. I'm not saying that this book isn't good, I'm just saying that this book wasn't for me. Second thing I will say is that I can't believe that I finally finished it. I don't think I've ever needed thi Leggi tutto
Bill Bryson is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, science, language and other non-fiction topics. Bill Bryson Bill Bryson, born in Iowa, lived in England for twenty years before returning to the U.S. with his family. This book is a compilation of humorous articles about America that Bryson Leggi tutto
Bill Bryson has become something like my spiritual guide. Taken together, his works form a roadmap for living life as a middle-aged, oversensitive, bookish, misanthropic, curious, and curiously inept man; and I am following his lead into the sunset. This book was particularly relevant for me, beca
I normally love Bill Bryson's books. Unfortunately, I could swear this one was written by Andy Rooney .
It pains me to say this because I just read, and LOVED, A Short History of Nearly Everything by the same author, but I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away was shockingly dull. I wasn't a fan of the audiobook narrator, who comically overacted, and the conte Leggi tutto
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