the body by bill bryson

quite a few people recommended bryson’s books to me before, so when i had been browsing train station bookshop in vienna and saw a new book from him, it was a quick purchase.

if you are squeamish, proceed with caution. it’s a book about anatomy, and some potentially repulsive details are inevitable. but with the exception of final chapters on disease in general and cancer specifically, this is an entertaining and educational read. bryson’s tone is charming, humorous, reminding me of archetypal uncle who’s only too happy to explain whatever is his current field of interest.

bryson does not limit the narrative with only facts about human body, expanding into history of biology and medicine, which makes it interesting even if you are quite familiar with the subject already.