Title: Mother Tongue
2015 Reading Challenge: #14 – A nonfiction book
Author: Bill Bryson
I’ve always enjoyed Bill Bryson’s writing style. I’ve read a few of his other books, and as always, there are a few things to note.
There are definitely some glaring inaccuracies (as about half the reviewers on Goodreads note). The main reason this misses on our 5 stars is because of these. The info that is correct is fascinating, and even the incorrect stuff is amusing.
As per usual with Bill Bryson, take everything with a grain of salt and take NOTHING as gospel unless you’ve confirmed it with another source.
This gets 4 stars because I like his writing style, and the essence of the information is reasonably correct. Some die-hard etymologists will disagree, and say that the inaccuracies mean this should get no stars at all… but pffft – it was a good read.
Who should read it? Anyone who is interested in language. Just don’t quote this for an assignment or anything.
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️