Bryson displays an encyclopedic knowledge of his topic, and this inevitably encourages a light tone; the more you know about a subject, the more absurd it becomes. No jokes are necessary, the facts do well enough by themselves, and Bryson supplies tens per page. As well as tossing off gems of fractured English (from a Japanese eraser: "This product will self- destruct in Mother Earth."), Bryson frequently takes time to compare the idiosyncratic tongue with other languages. Not only does this give a laugh (one word: Welsh), and always shed considerable light, it also makes the reader feel fortunate to speak English. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
There is nothing to dislike about Bill Bryson books, they are always highly entertaining, full of dry humour, and interesting factual information. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Mrs Patricia Scaplehorn
Bill Bryson has that happy knack of being able to entertain and educate at the same time.
'Bravo' I say - with French undertones!
Yet another eminently readable book from Bill Bryson. He makes the study of the origins of the English language fascinating and fun. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Brendan FitzGerald
It's good, very good. I read the paperback years ago and I'm happy to add this great book to my kindle collection.Published 18 days ago by Lenley Albert
Really enjoyed a top class read. Still laughing at some of the witty observations.Published 1 month ago by phoenix