Sunday 15 May 2011
At Home by Bill Bryson
In this mainly history book, Bryson takes a tour through the rooms of his (rather nice sounding) house. In each, he has much to say about the history of various objects and inventions, the people who made them and how life at home has changed over the years. I chose it solely because I love Bill Bryson.
It wasn't my favourite of his though. Usually when I read a Bill Bryson I come away with my head full of interesting facts that I can't wait to tell people. When I read A Short History of Nearly Everything I bored my friends with science for weeks. But At Home wasn't like that for me, I was interested as I read it but now I'm struggling to remember some of the facts I learned. Nothing stuck in my mind.
It wasn't an easy read for me either. It was a long book and couldn't quite seem to decide whether it wanted to be thematic (as the summary suggested) or chronological, meaning I had a bit of trouble keeping things straight and some of the information didn't seem to relate to the room the chapter was about at all. It took me over a week to read it, which is far longer than I usually spend on a book. I just wasn't rushing to pick it up and read it.
Bryson's writing was as good as ever, and I could tell that a great amount of research had gone into the book. The topic was interesting too - something just didn't click for me.
Verdict: Not one I would read again
Score: 3 out of 5