In a Sunburned Country Paperback – 2001
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In a Sunburned Country
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But most of all, when I first read this book I was 13. I didn't really know anything about Australia aside from the fact that it was the home of kangaroos and dingos. Well, In A Sunburned Country made me fall in love with Oz. Now I see it as a kind of Canada of the Southern Hemisphere, rugged and very nature driven with a small population and friendly peacful citizens.
Now that I'm 19? I've been accepted to study abroad in Melbourne, Australia and I'm planning on rereading my favorite Bill Bryson book over and over until I'm standing on Australian soil.
What higher praise can there be for an travel author than to inspire his readers to pick up and fly 15,000 km to see the place he's painted so vivid a picture of?
In 'Notes from a Small Island', Bryson skips easily from topic to topic, highlighting whichever particular memories strike his fancy. Here, however, we are presented with much more of a standard travelogue in which a good deal more historical and geographical detail provided. Most of it though, I am glad to say, is presented in the light, humorous way in which this author usually entertains me and I enjoyed it immensely. I am cognizant that some reviewers have criticized Bryson for being less than accurate and not 'in-depth' enough, but I didn't buy this book as a sociological, political, or 'what-have-you' treatise, I sometimes just liked to hear a story about somebody's experiences... that's what this book is. I should add that, while my wife and I have very different tastes in literature, I gave her this book before she took a trip to a conference in Sidney and she enjoyed it very much.
My only quibble about this book is as follows: When Bryson is at his most fluid and honest, his humor is easy and very natural. When he *tries* to be funny, however, the prose becomes noticeably forced and the resultant humor declines proportionately. In this book, he confesses to a fear of dogs and goes into a lengthy description of an encounter with one in suburban Sidney. Unfortunately, his particular reaction to canines is not one shared by most people so this whole attempt at to provide a comic 'filler' ended up being little more than tedious... for me at least.
Still a great book though :)
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Liked the book very much. Love his sense of humour. Read it while in Australia and found it whetted our appetite for some things...Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
One thing I didn't expect was that he was so funny, I enjoyed his dicriptions of the country and I can visualize it very well. but as a jurnalist he is a comedian. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lise-Anne Caron
I generally don't read nonfiction as I find most of it very tedious and dull. However, Bill Bryson's book was exceptional. It was bright, funny and entertaining. Read morePublished 16 months ago by L. Weich
Best book before you travel to Australia. it's witty and full of awesome historical facts about the country told like a story not a history textbook so you really remember things. Read morePublished 16 months ago by LF