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Notes from a small island by Bill Bryson

Bryson is good at telling boring stories with a lot of humor, which makes them easy to consume despite the dull subject matter.  The travel side of this book was a bit disappointing. In most of the places Bryson visits he informs the reader about the rain, complains about the awfulness of new glass buildings being mixed in with the old architecture, observes some random facts about the history, stumbles along some of the pubs and then goes back to his hotel for an early night.

What prevented this book from being a complete disappointment was that it has a lot of funny observations about the Brits and British culture.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

As good as I remembered it was. Yes, it is a bit simplistic but that’s what makes it powerful. It is a fairy tale after all.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Another great dystopian novel, about the subjugation of women in a totalitarian Christian country. Very well executed, among the best novels I’ve read this year.


Written by aristillus

December 16, 2012 at 01:31

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