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Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted. Down Under is the British title of a travelogue book about Australia written by best-selling travel writer Bill Bryson. In the United States and Canada it was published titled In a Sunburned Country, a title taken from the famous Australian poem. In a Sunburned Country By BILL BRYSON Broadway. Read the Review But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On my first visit, some.

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However, if that is his honest reaction I should be glad for it. True to his form, this book was written to be both entertaining and informative. Dec 28, RandomAnthony rated it liked it.

I actually cut back on reading it when I got near the end because I loved it so much I didn’t want to finish! And for s return to Oz, but that’s another story. It’s not like they sent a bunch of murderers rapists and other violent criminals I liked it so much I wanted to go through it all as a book as well.

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Like most Americans, I have never really given much thought to Australia. Every year more or lessI take a trip up to New Brunswick, Canada, on a family vacation. This might be an important finding about compatibility, or humor, or something. Ina friend and I threw maple leaves on our backpacks and, with a few hotels booked and Eurorail passes in hand, made our way around Europe. He lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire. I lost track of how many times I laughed until there were tears running down my cheeks and how many smiles and chuckles it rang out of me!

It houses beyond a shadow of a doubt the world’s most interesting flora and fauna, including twelve-foot earthworms and living fossils.

View all 4 comments. Apart from a tendency among men of a certain age to wear knee-high socks with shorts, these people are just like you and me. The entire middle section of Australia is mostly uninhabited, with the wild outback remaining mostly untouched.


But, damn, it is far away and darn big when you get there. This is an entertaining read, it truly is, just saying.

In his last book, he turned his attention to science. I did not really use it when I was in Australia though to be honest. Views Read Edit View history. In A Sunburned Country is his report on what he found in an entirely different place: I worked with a couple who were touring the United States and working at sunbruned jobs along the way.


Stuff yet bryaon be found. Very funny in his own quirky way. After a pleasant meal and discovering how much more we had in common with this Australian than with our North American partners, our conversation was interrupted by two quite beautiful young women i, standing with their backs to me and my friend and addressing the Australian only, one of them said, “We have met many smart and friendly Canadians on our trip.

It’s speculated that a group named Aum Shinkriko, which is a Japanese cult, got a hold of large amounts of land in the desert, hired two soviet nuclear scientists, and were experimenting with bombs in the middle of the desert.

I’d recommend this book to anyone thinking about a trip to Oz or readers who just enjoy tales of travel beyson amusing things that can happen when you’re in the hands of a natural raconteur. We meet quirky characters and Australian wildlife galore – from the poisonous snakes to the brutal kookaburra Incidentally, did you know that the kookaburra likes to bash its prey until their bones have been pulverized?

I learned a bit about how Parliment works and why it’s significantly more entertaining than USA politics. Books by Bill Bryson. Want to Read saving…. Essentially a group of people mariners and “criminals” to a remote land in the middle of the summer.

I liked In a Sunburned Country and I don’t want to downplay Bryson’s hard work and excellent narratives. What especially stood out for me: He didn’t read the warning sign on the beach. This is why I love to come to Australia.

The mad proliferation of rabbits — halted for a while by the introduction of the horrible illness Myxomatosis, but now numbers are increasing again. A Short History of Nearly Everything was lauded with critical acclaim, and became a huge bestseller. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. For spiders, the proportion rises to 80 percent After reading this book, I really want to travel to Ni at some point. The book covers Australia’s history, natural wonders and weather patterns, a whole host of deadly critters found nowhere else in the world, some really bizarre people both past and present, and his own gryson and harrowing experiences Down Under.


I have seen tiny dogs, no bigger than a fluffy slipper, jerk little old ladies off their feet and drag them over open ground in a quest to get at my blood and sinew.

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But he would also wax rhapsodic about how amazing the land was: Or that so many of them can kill you in btyson own special way.

Oh, how amazed I was those years ago to learn that apparently sunubrned Americans put their T-shirts on to swim in the pool and wear extra underwear underneath their swimming trucks I am originally from one of those speedo countries or that to go to a school dance you just have to have a boy-friend who is oblig I almost forgot how much fun it is to read books about foreign countries and cultures. Australia has countless ways to kill a person, what with all its deadly animals, so there’s plenty of opportunity for hair-raising countrg, especially considering Bryson’s the sort of guy who could get himself savaged by a hedgehog.

Bryson doesn’t look or sound like one might expect from a bikl writer; he’s a fat middle-aged guy who grew up in Iowa, not some tanned and overtly fit mountain climber with flowing locks and a beard styled to look un-styled.

I’ve enjoyed every single one of his books, he would be a fascinating person to talk to – he’s lead such an adventerous life.