I relished this book. I had seen Stephen Fry on television (if you’re in the US, you might have seen him in the film Wilde, with Tom Wilkinson, Jude Law, and Vanessa Redgrave; the movie, directed by Brian Gilbert, was released in 1998, and the DVD in 2002), and when I learned that he authored a book about his travels in America, I was eager to buy the book, knowing that the man could write as well. And that he was British – and I was interested in a British perspective as well. The book I read was more than just a very interesting introduction to things American, state by state. I daresay it’s a fascinating read for pretty much anyone interested in learning about American culture and history, one state at a time; whether you’re familiar with the US or not, lived there or not, are American or not, this book will offer something or other of interest to you. Did I mention it’s funny? But then, if you know anything about Stephen Fry, you know that. You might not agree with all his comments or stances (I didn’t), but there’s a high chance you will like the book nonetheless, even as you realize that as with all travel books, or books about anything else, Stephen Fry in America is as much about Stephen Fry as it is about America.
What follows is a presentation and some comments on bits from this book, state by state, without spoiling all the surprises, of course.