If you've wondered where Monday's and Wednesday's posts were this week, you can blame Bill Bryson! Him and His book have completely annexed my week! But it's done now here's the review, and I'll get my butt back behind the computer, or behind a paint brush :)
I LOVED this book! I couldn't put it down, I would look at Lee each night and ask if he was tired so we could go to be and I could . . . gets my read on! (clearly I read a lot because my English is soooo gooder).
Seriously though, it was a great read. Each chapter is on a different room, and although I would have never thought that you could write so many words about a room, Bryson manages to keep you interested with every word. The entire book is filled with tons of history,and not just history on the big stuff but the little things too, who new there was history behind the mousetrap! Bryson moves from subject to subject with un stoppable enthusiasm, and it's nothing if not contagious. I found myself dying to read on!
I can't really put into words why it was so amazing. I couldn't even begin to summarize what it was about ( a simpler route might be to tell you what it's not about), Bryson moves so seamlessly from topic to topic, room to room that you will at some point find yourself awake at 4am promising you'll go to sleep at the end of the chapter.
A couple snippets I found interesting:
-if you lived in America and needed windows for your house, you would order them from England and 6-9 months later you would get them, and most of them would be broken :(
-Thomas Jefferson ordered a fireplace surround for his home, when it finally arrived from England 6 months later, he found the they had forgot to ship the top mantel piece.
-The glue they used for wallpaper was poisonous, and that's why Victorians think that everything can be cured with fresh air. Because if you were sick, you were put to bed where you would get worse until you went outside.
-I found the information about England's 19th century sewage system both interesting and disgusting.
I couldn't recommend this book enough!