The Road to Little Dribbling

The Road to Little Dribbling

Adventures of An American in Britain

eBook - 2016
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A loving and hilarious--if occasionally spiky--valentine to Bill Bryson's adopted country, Great Britain. Prepare for total joy and multiple episodes of unseemly laughter. Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land. The result was Notes from a Small Island, a true classic and one of the bestselling travel books ever written. Now he has traveled about Britain again, by bus and train and rental car and on foot, to see what has changed--and what hasn't. Following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis in the south to Cape Wrath in the north, by way of places few travelers ever get to at all, Bryson rediscovers the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly singular country that he both celebrates and, when called for, twits. With his matchless instinct for the funniest and quirkiest and his unerring eye for the idiotic, the bewildering, the appealing, and the ridiculous, he offers acute and perceptive insights into all that is best and worst about Britain today. Nothing is more entertaining than Bill Bryson on the road--and on a tear. The Road to Little Dribbling reaffirms his stature as a master of the travel narrative--and a really, really funny guy. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2016
ISBN: 9780385539296
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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annavery
Feb 26, 2019

a quote in here about hisotrian david brinkley that he contributes as much as a proton with air left over...or s.t. like that

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rreif2read
Jan 07, 2019

Maybe Bryson's most fun, at least anyone with an ongoing curiosity about the British and Britain. Wandering around Britain, loosely guided by the ends of his "Bryson Line", reflecting on those various neuroses most of feel while wandering around, Bryson shares his thoughts on what he sees on this historic island. And all with an overtone of ruminations over the world gone greedy and negligent. Or maybe it is just the aging curmudgeon (in us all?) manifesting in a litany of complaints. But put this all within the context of wandering around the marvel of Britain generally in awe and it makes for a fun trip. No shortage of giggles in this one.

ArapahoeMarieC Oct 10, 2018

Classic Bill Bryson ... highly amusing trip around the UK following the "Bryson Line". His insights into the UK are spot on and very, very funny! His love for Durham is endearing and is a highlight as it was in his first book about the UK.

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rogebc_0
Sep 30, 2018

Although Bryson's writing can get a bit tedious at times, it is a pleasure to read his small, easy essays about wonderful corners of Great Britain. It certainly inspires a deep wish to travel and see the landscapes and sit in the pubs . . .

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tjdickey
Nov 30, 2017

A quirky travelogue throughout tiny and tickling corners of Britain, with plenty of belly-laughs at Bryson's turns of phrase and curmudgeonly way of interacting with the British he meets. The pacing can lag at times, but the next ROFL-ridiculous moment is just around the corner.

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EmilyEm
May 08, 2017

Bill Bryson travels ‘The Bryson Line’ from one end of the UK to the other, revisiting some places from his ‘Notes from a Small Island’ after 20 years.

There were laugh-out-loud moments, but this outing was repetitious as Bryson traveled from one failing seaside town to the next. Found myself skimming to get to those nuggets of brilliance I expect from him. And, there are some.

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desertcammo
Feb 16, 2017

Bryson has a great sense of humor which seems at it's best in the first few chapters of every book he writes. Unfortunately, he then has a tendency to devolve into 'first I did this and then I did that' chapter upon chapter. One sometimes get the impression he's merely trying to fill pages. His grumpy old codger persona is only matched by the impression he casts as a huge cheapskate. Though I'm sure his readers recognize that he is a very successful writer, he is still constantly complaining about how much everything costs. I stared this book literally laughing out loud and ended it finding myself mildly irritated with the author.

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abogsted
Feb 14, 2017

The author writes about "the good ol' days" and his reminiscences are funny, but after about 100 pages, it just felt whiny. I didn't want to read a book about all the ways England used to be wonderful and is now awful.

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patcarstensen
Jan 02, 2017

Had I read one more "lovely" or "splendid," I would have run screaming out of the house.

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kakacurt
Dec 28, 2016

Would be more interesting if I had a more intimate knowledge of the geography of England.

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