“Houses aren’t refuges from history. They are where history ends up.”
Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”
The bathroom provides the occasion for a history of hygiene; the bedroom, sex, death, and sleep; the kitchen, nutrition and the spice trade; and so on, as Bryson shows how each has figured in the evolution of private life. Whatever happens in the world, he demonstrates, ends up in our house, in the paint and the pipes and the pillows and every item of furniture.
Bill Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and he is a master at turning the seemingly isolated or mundane fact into an occasion for the most diverting exposition imaginable. His wit and sheer prose fluency make At Home one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life.
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Von M. Hofer Am hilfreichsten 23.02.2017
Interesting, but not as interesting as others
It's an interesting idea and there are definitely some interesting tidbits in there, but the entire story isn't captivating enough to keep me hooked for hours. Yes, every room has a history, get on with it.
Von Derek Grimmell Am hilfreichsten 19.10.2011
Comforting voice, incisive intellect
Bill Bryson has what may be the most pleasant speaking voice in the English language. Any book is better for his reading. That said, his recasting of the last 2,000 years of changes in society and technology by the make-up and accoutrements of the modern house is fascinating. As usual, he draws on a wealth of detail and historical research (and trivia) to weave a story of people's evolving sense of what domestic life could or should be. Yet another Bryson book that will reward multiple hearings.