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An opinion from Cyprus of "Stephen Fry in America", 20 Feb 2009
Just finished reading STEPHEN FRY IN AMERICA which is the companion book to the BBC Television series which I thoroughly enjoyed. Mr. Fry is not only a gifted presenter but author as well. He decided he wanted to visit America after discovering at the age of 10 he could have been an American had his father accepted a job at Princeton University because he would have been born there; and in adult life thought a programme about traversing through the 52 states would make a good television series and decided to use a traditional black cab for his travels.
He had picked up the cab in the US and started filming the series in Maine finishing in Hawaii. Along the way he met the sort of Americans possibly you would not meet as a holidaymaker or have seen through the various television holiday programmes available on mainstream television.
He is an intelligent, articulate and thoughtful man and this runs like a seam through the book, his language is slightly colourful at times but he nevers loses the ability to enthral and captivate you or to inspire you to read the book to the end. The book is not a complete replica of the television programmes though because it contains additional material that is not in these - either because of lack of broadcast time or because it ended up on the cutting room floor.
I would recommend STEPHEN FRY IN AMERICA to all those who perhaps enjoyed the television programmes, maybe has holidayed there or just, like me, loves America.