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5.0 von 5 Sternen Eine Reise der persönlichen Art
Bill Bryson schildert in seinen "Notes from a schmall Island" seine Eindrücke von seiner Rundreise durch Großbritannien so anekdotenreich und persönlich, dass es eine Freude ist. Der Leser wird über 29 Stationen gleichsam mitgenommen in ein Land, in dem Bryson jahrelang mit seiner Familie lebte und arbeitete und das er, wie sich in seinen...
Veröffentlicht am 6. Dezember 2002 von Jürgen Laumann

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2.0 von 5 Sternen you learn something new every day
Maybe it's because I've had to really analyse this book, or maybe it's because I've heard all the gags before, but I find this book to be a boring waste of paper. There are people out there who love this book, a small number of fellow students loved this book from start to finish, unfortunately, most others didn't. The jokes in this book have all been heard before,...
Veröffentlicht am 5. Juni 2000 von Dave Murphy


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic. Side-splittingly funny., 20. Dezember 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Notes from a Small Island (Hörkassette)
I came across this book a couple of years ago, and I still continue to sing its praises. It is one thing to read a maintream, informative guide-book on a particular country by a well-informed source, but quite another to have an American telling you things about your own homeland that are so hugely perceptive, yet so off the wall, that they make you collapse in a fit of embarassing laughter. After having lived in England for 20 years or so, the well-known journalist Bill Bryson took a trip across this small island, as a last farewell before his return to the States. He visited cathedrals, parks and small towns, with his tongue constantly in cheek. He experienced the English love of complaining, their inability to travel more than 50 miles - the distance Americans would travel "for a taco" - without having some major heart failure, and their curious love of that smelly brown vegetable extract known as Marmite. Bryson reminds the English just how amusing they are to the world outside, but nevertheless professes a deep affection for this beautiful country, an affection which is clearly apparent in much of his work. For those English who take for granted some of the ridiculous parts of their culture, and for anyone who wants to be entertained to the point of physical pain, this book is a definite must. It is a travel book unlike any other - excrutiatingly funny, highly informative and with a perceptive slant that makes you imagine Bryson sitting in a tea shop for hours on end, notebook in hand, quietly observing the amusing quirks of the passers-by. The perfect start to Bryson's tour of Europe, which continues with the Continental version, entitled "Neither here nor there."
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The funniest book i have read! and i dont like travel books!, 22. Oktober 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Notes from a Small Island (Taschenbuch)
I read this book about a year ago, but i loved it so much i had to write and recommend it. Even now i can still laugh at some of the incidences that i can remember from the book, the landlady in Dover, and old men discriptions especially. it was the first ever travel genre book i had read, and i loved it! i can remember reading the book in my room at halls last year, and i was laughing so load at some of the observations that my flat mates came to investigate. They have all subsequently borrowed, and read the book, and loved it. At the moment my book is somewhere at home in Essex being read by my dad. I do not think i will ever get it back! When i read the book i can remember thinking how true some of the observations were. And cringing at the unflattering ones because they are also true, like any other country we are not perfect. Although we like to think we are, especiallly after a couple of pints down the pub! I am by no means a nationalist, but it made me feel very fond for my home country. I recommend this as a must for any anglophile, or anyone who has visited Britain and liked the sometimes dry humour that passes as conversation over here. This book isn't meant to be serious travelogue, and as long as you read it thus i think anyone could appreciate it! Bill Bryson did a great job describing this country, and its somewhat wierd and peculiar inhabitants. Ta for a enjoyable read. WARNING, do not read this book in any public place, as you might get some very strange looks coming your way when you laugh out load. Take it from one who knows!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen MRS SMEGMA RULES OK !, 25. Juli 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Notes from a Small Island (Audio CD)
I have the good grace to live in "Gods Own Country" as we call it here in Yorkshire, home to Bill for a number of years. His humour is quite unique, never before have I come across someone quite so adept at inducing sudden and unannounced uncontrollable laughter. His humour I noticed almost developed a definate Yorkshire twinge but before it had a chance to show its true colours he moved back to the blessed shores of the US.
I had the great misfortune to be a train commuter when I first heard this tape and narrowly escaped being carted off to the funny farm in-between picking myself off the floor following minutes of deep howling laughter. There is something deeply satisfying about having all your little idiosyncrasies and personal habits dissected and made fun of - strangely enough - and doesnt Mr Bryson do it so well. How his portrayal of Mrs Smegma amused me and so reminded me of those wonderful heady days of Monty Python. Unfortunately, I have to confess that the likes of Mrs Smega do really exist, as anyone will testify who has stayed in a B&B in Bridlington or Blackpool. Do Americans really not know what a counterpane is?
I am so glad Mr Bryson took our wonderful shores to his heart and produced such a brilliantly funny book. I heard his tape about Europe, Neither Here Not There, which was another marvellous piece of writing but it didn't achieve that special place in my heart like Tales From A Small Island did.
DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK IF YOU HAVE A WEAK CONSTITUION - LAUGHTER INDUCED HEART FAILURE MAY OCCUR !
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4.0 von 5 Sternen He's better with places than with people, 10. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Notes from a Small Island (Taschenbuch)
This is a great read, a fascinating book about the writer's journey through Great Britain, with the author's impressions cleverly expressed. He's like an earthier Paul Theroux, or like Peter Mayle as channeled by Dave Barry. Bryson is good at using both humor and hyperbole to illustrate good points about his British travels as well as disappointments. After reading the book, you feel you've had a conversation with an old friend who gave you the lowdown on his trip without any sugar-coating. You feel that everything Bryson says comes directly from the heart.
The only reason I didn't rate the book 5 stars is that, a few times too often, Bryson goes into great detail about how rude he was toward service people who were just doing their jobs and whose performance wasn't precisely what he wanted. He reaches a low point when he takes almost a page to describe his reaction to a McDonald's employee who made the mistake of asking if he wanted "an apple turnover with that." Maybe it's because I've waited tables, but Bryson struck me as exactly the kind of arrogant, self-righteous, condescending customer you prayed you wouldn't have to serve. He comes close in these passages to personifying the ugly American: willing to enjoy England's riches, but not tolerant of its shortcomings.
Nevertheless, that's no reason not to read the book. Bryson's insights into the places he visits are more than worth the price of admission.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen you learn something new every day, 5. Juni 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Notes from a Small Island (Taschenbuch)
Maybe it's because I've had to really analyse this book, or maybe it's because I've heard all the gags before, but I find this book to be a boring waste of paper. There are people out there who love this book, a small number of fellow students loved this book from start to finish, unfortunately, most others didn't. The jokes in this book have all been heard before, although some have been spruced up before being sent out to paperback hell (more commonly known as a critic's desk).
But this book isn't all bad, I would be the first to admit that there were some (rare) occasions when this book brought a smile to my face, such as the "big, blue condom" joke. But the jokes are only funny once, and Mr Bryson has an annoying habit of reminding the reader that he cracked a joke a few pages ago by repeating the gag again.
Also, this book seems to have so much depth you could swim in it. Every time I read through this book, I find something new that I didn't notice before. If you like discovering new bits every time you go through, this is the book for you.
This type of book is one that will try to appeal to everybody, but unfortunately it only caters for a niche market (namely the people that haven't been criticised, and there are very few of them). By all means try this book, but don't be disappoonted if this book doesn't do it for you. A worthy borrow, but don't waste your money buying it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Buy it!, 14. Juli 1997
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Notes from a Small Island (Taschenbuch)
So, you've always wanted to visit Britain. You've manfully (or womanfully) ploughed (that's how WE spell it) through many a travel guide and you now know that pubs serve warm beer , the site of every Neolithic pile of stones and that at 4 pm precisely, the entire population stops for a cup of tea. A cup of hot tea at that, with milk if you please. You've gained an insight into the British weather and know to pack clothes to accomodate all four seasons in one day. But what you really need to know is, what makes the people tick?

Enter Bill Bryson and" Notes from a small Island", a must read book for every Britain bound American. With no orderly listing of museum opening times or best ways to get from London to Bath, it's not a travel guide as you know and loath and that is the book's strength. Bryson undertakes a gentle meander around the best and worst of the Island that has become home, interspersing his journey with well observed details of the British character. Its the insight into these characteristics which make the book so funny, so unputdownable and ultimately, so sad as Bryson comes to the end of the journey and his 20 year stay.

Read this book and you will feel that you have already visited Britain and then plan for your own epic journey because that is what you will want to do.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Forget about travel guides, 10. Dezember 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Notes from a Small Island (Audio CD)
I'm English, always have been, always will be. I hate unfair criticism of my country (in fact I don't even like fair criticism usually). So why do I love this book so much? It's because the criticism doesn't seem as such, more a statement of fact but done with humour and affection. I suspect that the British read the book and are suddenly made aware of our own strange traits, traits that have become transparent to us due to their sheer 'everdayness'. The non-British readers on the other hand probably have their perception of us reinforced by the book. Either way, I haven't read or seen anything else that made me feel so good about the place or laugh so much at our 'Former World Champions' attitude. It should be mandatory reading for town planners and town councillors, it should be read by tourists in preference to any so-called tourist guide, it should be read to young British children so they don't repeat the mistakes we made. In short it is an essential guide to Britishness (in fact Englishness as the book does feel rushed towards the Scottish ending). Read the book and see the country before the architects and planners demolish Stonehenge to make way for a Stonehenge-themed Burger restaurant serving McDruid Burgers.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen How To Get A Seat On The Train!, 10. Juni 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Notes from a Small Island (Audio CD)
Thank's...My homesickness is now worse than ever! Notes From a Small Island must be one of the most insightfull peeks through the net curtains of Old Blighty yet written. It was recommended to me by my brother on my last visit to London in June '97. He even bought it for me at the airport as I was leaving with instructions to read it ASAP!
Bryson "gets it", he understands the contradictions, insecurities, the pride, self depreciating, idiotic, wonderful, the plonkers, the whole understated mindset, that go together to make up England. The "gob smacking" awe of the place, the begrudging raised finger of hello, the uptight dog owners, the delightfully smarmy hotel owner seen throught the eyes of 6 pints... and then again the next morning.
I have read it twice, and Bill, if you are reading this, I too know I will return to my home (soon), this, my England.
Oh! yes, how to get a seat on the train, well I had plenty of room when I was reading Note's... maybe it was my giggling shoulders, maybe it was the "snurrrfgt!" noise's I was making, then again it cold have been the tears (from both laughing and of recognition, the tug of homesickness!). Thanks for the read Bill.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I wish I could see this much humour in the world., 17. Januar 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Notes from a Small Island (Taschenbuch)
Listen I laugh when people are honestly funny about every other place but my own, but I have never had the pleasure of reading anything so funny about my home. People like Bryson should be in power not politicians. I never understood this book to be about travel writing, nor any of his others. Just one of the most hilarious accounts of modern day British life I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It makes the reader want to travel to other countries just to understand the points of reference made within each sentence. Those who are blind to the world outside their window should read this, it may make stupid people think twice about criticizing others , god it may even prevent wars, if people learn to laugh with, as well as at each other. It was nice to lay in bed with my girlfriend and tell her all the cities I had visited today. It's amazing how far this book can let you travel in 24 hours. Thankyou for resurrecting a reading habit, oh and not so much thanks for making me admit to needing reading glasses Bryson they cost 140 pounds.
Finally, it was nice that someone has chronicled British life before the European Union ruins it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen rezension zu bryson generell - bin absoluter fan!, 25. März 2012
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Notes from a Small Island (Taschenbuch)
dieses buch hab ich (noch) nicht gelesen weil ichs für meinen vater gekauft hab. daher kann ich vorerst nur allgemeines zu bryson sagen:

bryson ist generell einer meiner bevorzugten autoren, weil er fundiertes - und sehr gut recherchiertes - wissen auf ganz und gar nicht trockene weise, sondern mit viel (sprach-)witz liefert.
aber achtung: gute englischkenntnisse sind voraussetzung! bryson schreibt in ziemlich hohem niveau (stichwort fachvokabular!) und da kanns schon leicht vorkommen, dass man wörter nicht einmal in der muttersprache verstehen würde.

da auch gleich ein hinweis an englisch-lehrer: bryson gilt gemeinhin als "empfehlenswert" für die oberstufe (zumindest in AT, von DE weiß ichs nicht). da wär ich jedoch vorsichtig, wie gesagt: fachvokabular. da bryson aber in jedem kapitel jeweils 1 in sich geschlossenes thema behandelt, kann man zum beispiel einzelne kapitel lesen und die themen dann näher im unterricht behandeln. (oder auch als "privater" leser kann man ohne weiteres kapitel auslassen / überspringen / später lesen.)
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