Read from December 13th 2016 to April 3rd 2017
Wikipedia informs us that, according to the opinion of listeners expressed in a poll initiated by BBC in 2003, Notes from a Small Island is the book that represented Britain best. Indeed, even though I can’t remember who recommended this book to me, I understand why I put it on my to read list: learning that its author was an American, I was curious to see how he perceived the British way, expecting a light and humorous reading, with many a linguistic and behavioural clash.
Well, the book answered and not my horizon of expectations. There are funny scenes, mentality contrasts, vocabulary misunderstandings and so on, but they do not always rate high in quality, sometimes the intended humorous observations are flat, or even vulgar or simply doubtful, like in this quote about names (although I found further ahead some very interesting study about the same subject):
I don't remember his name now, but it was one of those names that only English people have Colin Crapspray or Bertram Pantyshield or something similarly improbable.