Book with an attitude
August 2, 2007 9:58pm CST
I'm back to my reading mood these days, probably because of the rain. There's just something so languidly appealing about curling up on a couch with a good book and a nice cuppa tea while the world outside is cold and gray. So anyway, I recently came across a book around the house which was written by a certain Bill Bryson. I've never read any of his books before, nor have I heard of him before, but when I randomly picked one of the six titles lying around, Notes From A Small Island, what caught my attention was a statement from THE TIMES saying: "Not to be read in public, for fear of emitting loud snorts". That piqued my curiosity, and when I turned the book over and read the synopsis, I knew right then that I was goingto enjoy reading it. True to its reviews, I found the book so hilarious. Even when I was just reading through the prologue, I was already laughing out loud. This book, by the way, is not fiction. It's more like a journal of Bill Bryson. And if I'm not mistaken, his other books are like this one, as well. What makes his books -- well, at least this book anyway -- hilariously funny is not so much the stories he narrated (although they are quite funny in their own right) but it's got more to do with how he narrates it, with how he sees things. He has a certain way of describing something, that for some reason, will just crack you up! And he has this ability to look at things in a different, and FUNNIER perspective, which ordinarily, would have been seen in a less colorful light. I think it's got something to do with his opinions -- which are, by the way, scattered all over the book -- and his smart-and-sometimes-sarcastic humor in which he disperses his opinions. So to all you guys who would love a good laugh and at the same time be informed (of actual facts, by the way) go and check out Bill Bryson's books! Then get back to me and tell me how you find it.
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3 Aug 07
I love reading, but unfortunately, I don't have much time to even open a book. Your description of the author and his style just makee me wanna buy that book, I just hope that this book cost less here in our country!;) Because I buy used books to read, borrow from friends those new ones and buy if I have enough money to spend!LoL I still have unread books on my shelf, I just hope that I get to finish reading them all before I could buy Bill Bryson's..
3 Aug 07
Thanks raijin! Bill Bryson's books usually are categorized as travel books because these chronicle his travels. I'm not quite sure though if his books are a regular fare at most bookstores but who knows, you just might get lucky. Anyway, in case you're on the hunt to find his books, these are some of the titles to look for: Notes From A Small Island Notes From A Big Country Made In America Neither Here Nor There The Lost Continent Good luck and hope you enjoy reading!