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A humorous, true to life account of the way Britain is!
on 5 June 2000
If I wasn't studying this for my A-Level English, I would have enjoyed it even more than I did! Bryson's use of language and his continuous list of examples, adds to the enjoyment and overall readability of the book. His cameo portraits-especially the unforgettable Vince-create a clear and accurate view of the people that surround us daily. This book is a definite Laugh-Out-Loud and with true-to-life events and situations- multi-storey car parks (chap 4)-I actually found myself crying with laughter! Although very funny and witty 'Notes From...' becomes very repetitive after the first 15 chapters, with Bryson desperately trying to get second/third laughs out of already-made jokes. At some points the humour can be very dry and offensive-Parkinson's Convention-but generally it is witty and crude. A definite read for a good laugh, but avoid studying it in depth-it takes the fun out of it!