A vent’anni da Notizie da un’isoletta, Bill Bryson parte per un nuovo viaggio attraverso la Gran Bretagna. Questa volta si inventa un percorso che è anche una sfida: la Bryson Line, la linea retta più lunga che si possa tracciare tra due località britanniche, partendo dal suo estremo meridionale, Bognor Regis, una sonnacchiosa cittadina marittima sulla Manica, per risalire fin sulla punta della Scozia, a Cape Wrath, dove un faro solitario osserva le acque tempestose in cui si incontrano l’Atlantico e il Mare del Nord. Lungo il tragitto, concedendosi qualche deviazione, passa dal tripudio di grattacieli di Londra alla nostalgica decadenza dei centri turistici costieri, dai pascoli immacolati del Sussex alle gloriose fabbriche inglesi in cui ebbe inizio la Rivoluzione industriale, dalla selvaggia brughiera scozzese ai deliziosi laghetti del Nord dell’Inghilterra, osservando estasiato il miracoloso equilibrio tra natura e intervento umano, tra creatività e pragmatismo, che ha fatto del paesaggio britannico una sorta di giardino paradisiaco, il luogo ideale per un’esistenza felice. E intanto il viaggio attraverso l’amato paese adottivo diviene per l’autore un pretesto per dar sfogo alla sua inesauribile vena affabulatoria, ripercorrere aneddoti storici e personali e raccontare con irresistibile comicità gli incontri più disparati. Ma soprattutto, con bonario sarcasmo, Bryson ci mette in guardia dal rischio che un patrimonio secolare venga travolto dall’incuria, dall’avidità e dall’inesorabile omologazione che caratterizza la nostra epoca.
- ISBN: 8823514592
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 480
Basically? But swap in the UK for "cloud". I've read all of Bryson's other stuff, far as I recall. I have greatly enjoyed it. I laughed so hard at parts of In a Sunburnt Country that I could scarcely breathe. But this? This is a rambling, crotchety old coot, and not in a good way. There are love poem Leggi tutto
Hello, Mr. Bryson! It's been a while. Lovely to hear from you again. I must admit I got overly excited last year when I learned that you were writing your first travel memoir in years, and it was going to be about your adventures in England. I love England! I loved your earlier book about England, N Leggi tutto
This was not fun. It was like travelling 'round Great Britain with my rather grumpy father in law who only wants to talk about how good things used to be and how crappy things now are.
By far and away Bill Bryson's worst book. It should be called Notes from Southern England. It takes over half the book to get past Birmingham. Wales gets about a chapter, Scotland gets about 10 pages, most of them on a train. The whole thing reads like a half arsed cash in for the 20th anniversary o Leggi tutto
3.5 What can I say? Bryson fans know exactly what they are getting when they pick up one of his books. A bit of history, information, Bryson's thoughts and feelings on said information and history. A good bit of humor, self-deprecating, ironic and at times laugh out loud funny. A good combination an Leggi tutto
By the halfway mark I realized I was listening to an angry old man rant. It's a funny rant. And it's a somewhat informative rant. But at times I felt like Bryson was just using the book to get back at people or entities that he felt had wronged (or annoyed) him. For example, Trip Advisor wouldn't pub Leggi tutto
Woodsman Spare That Country Bill Bryson is the stand-up comedian of travel writing. The Road to Little Dribbling is an update on his first act, Notes From a Small Island, of 20 years before. The style of loving sarcasm is the same. With the narrative sense of David Sedaris and the one-liner punch of Leggi tutto
Bill Bryson represents himself in this book as a grumpy old man and it is frequently hilarious although occasionally verging on the very edge of political correctness. He's does write incredibly well and I found myself reading passages out loud to anyone who would listen and share it with me. He wan Leggi tutto
I've been trying to get my American arse over to England for my entire life, and, every time I fail to do so, I embrace a new British travelogue to soften the blow. I figure that, by the time I get there, I'll have read so many books on the subject, I'll be an expert, but it's also possible that I'll Leggi tutto
I was a bit apprehensive going into this one,having read some negative reviews that Bryson had turned into a grumpy old man. I think Bryson is his usual self in this one.Sometimes the humour works,and sometimes it doesn't. It is a fairly entertaining sequel to his first book on Britain, Notes from a S Leggi tutto
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