There was a peacefulness to the pace which I liked, perhaps it was the reader. The author dealt with the big issues of the day in a very quiet manner.
The difference between how young versus older people see life offered insights I have never considered. The constrained life path that the old woman, Lydia Blessing, felt obligated to take and how it affected her outlook was really interesting to me.
How sexuality was treated in different eras and its impact on people's lives was powerful and made me more aware of how restrictive it was in the past.
The book also addresses class prejudice in American society. We try to deny that classism runs rampant in our country but it is very real.
There is little known about Shakespeare and that's about the most I learned from this book. I was initially hoping to learn about Shakespeare but in the first few minutes found out that wasn't possible. Then I was hoping to get a flavor for the times but Bryson didn't really offer that in an interesting way. I stopped listening about half way.
There was limited value.
There were some tips that motivated me to be more of a
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