IN A SUNBURNED COUNTRY BILL BRYSON PDF

Shelves: history , non-fiction , travel-writing I developed a taste for Bill Bryson last year when I read his Short History of Nearly Everything, an ambitious attempt to trace the history of life, the universe and everything in just pages. So when I found out that he had also written a travelogue of I developed a taste for Bill Bryson last year when I read his Short History of Nearly Everything, an ambitious attempt to trace the history of life, the universe and everything in just pages. So when I found out that he had also written a travelogue of a journey across the country I may soon call home -- Australia -- I simply had to read it. Australia, for those of you who have never been there, is one of the most colourful places on earth. And you thought kangaroos were exotic. They eat meat pies floating in pea soup, are crazy about cricket and consider shorts and knee-length socks proper attire for middle-aged bus drivers.

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Shelves: history , non-fiction , travel-writing I developed a taste for Bill Bryson last year when I read his Short History of Nearly Everything, an ambitious attempt to trace the history of life, the universe and everything in just pages.

So when I found out that he had also written a travelogue of I developed a taste for Bill Bryson last year when I read his Short History of Nearly Everything, an ambitious attempt to trace the history of life, the universe and everything in just pages. So when I found out that he had also written a travelogue of a journey across the country I may soon call home -- Australia -- I simply had to read it.

Australia, for those of you who have never been there, is one of the most colourful places on earth. And you thought kangaroos were exotic. They eat meat pies floating in pea soup, are crazy about cricket and consider shorts and knee-length socks proper attire for middle-aged bus drivers.

Bill Bryson also loves Australia, and it shows. By describing his own travels and those of early settlers, explorers and naturalists, he provides the reader with an appreciation for how vast and unwelcoming the country is, and how utterly unique. I doubt anyone can read this book without wishing to book a flight to Oz immediately afterwards. If I have any complaint about Down Under, it is that there is too little of it.

I wish he had done more travelling, gone further into the interior of the country and left all traces of luxury behind him for a while, so as to emulate the pioneers and explorers whose exploits he relates with such gusto. I also think the book would have benefited from slightly more rigorous editing, as parts of it seem rather hastily written. For all its small flaws, though, Down Under released in the US as In a Sunburned Country is a fascinating read which has whetted my appetite for more Bryson travelogues.

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In A Sunburned Country

Reviewed by Sienna Powers There is a small cadre of travel writers who take you with them -- transporting their readers almost as if by magic -- as opposed to those who make lists of what hotels to stay at and where to go for the best hamburgers. Paul Theroux is, perhaps, one of the most revered and self-indulgent who -- nonetheless -- manages to evoke colors, scents and sounds with the smallest application of his golden pen. Frances Mayes has been making a place for herself with her elegant and eloquent accounts of living and traveling in Italy. The publication of each of his last seven books -- five of them travel-based -- has brought him an ever larger readership. To travel with Bryson is not to simply experience a locale. Bill Bryson has a well-developed sense of the ridiculous, the outlandish and sublime and he shares this with his readers in a generous, openhanded fashion.

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