Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Notes From a Small Island

A non fiction category book, I might not have read this except that it is on the 1001 Books You Should Read Before You Die list, so I had to give it a go.  I could tell from the start how it would be, and for the most part (I didn’t like it when he slagged one of my favourite authors George Orwell), I liked what I had read, even found some parts quite funny.  I will, at some point re-read it because I have my own tour of the UK to plan in the near future, though I’m not sure I will do it the way he did (ever since I read Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis I have wanted to do a walking tour of some parts of England hopefully with a literary theme if they have such things…).  Also, unlike Mr. Bryson, I will not take him at his word when I go to see for myself some of the places he went to and described in his book, because I realise that truth is in the eye of the beholder, and since we are all different, I don’t think that other opinions, should sway me from my own impressions and perceptions. And I certainly would not get mad at him if my conclusions differed from his own!


  1. Have you read most of the 1001 books?

    1. I have only read about ten percent of them, but I am working on it!