I’ve noticed a lot of love for him around here, and I recently started reading my first Bill Bryson book, The Lost Continent. I went in with high hopes, but halfway through I am about ready to give up. He constantly complains about how ugly and run-down everything in America is, but whenever he comes across a place that has put effort into looking attractive and keeping things up, he complains that it seems fake. It just seems like no matter what he encounters it’s just bitch bitch bitch.
Now, don’t get me wrong, a) I do like his actual writing - his imagery is amazing and there are many very funny parts, b) I’m not even American so am definitely not offended or anything, and c) the catty bitch in me loves some good judgmental indignation like anyone, but he just seems so inconsistent and whiny. Is it just me? Am I missing something? Is it just sooo clever and brilliant that it’s over my head? Or is he kind of a pompous prick?