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The friendliest inhabitants the hottest driest weather and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet The result is a deliciously funny fact filled and adventurous performance by a writer who combines humor wonder and unflagging curiousityDespite the fact that Australia harbors things that can kill you in extremely nasty ways than anywhere else including sharks crocodiles snakes even riptides and dese. Ok First of all I m here to tell you that non fiction is normally not my bag I think I got this book because I forgot to send in the do not send notice in a book club That said I m soooo happy that I didn t and I made myself read this OMG 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 This is a book about Bryson s trips I believe he combines a few trips to Oz into this one book to the really undiscovered island of Australia and his impressions of what he sees and who he meets There is history wonderfully funny and horribly gruesome and sad stories lodging and traveling tips and a long list of places there that I really now want to see His wit and sarcastic humor is what did it for me I will look for of his books and hope that he goes on journeys to share with his reading audience

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Down Under

Rts Bill Bryson adores the place and he takes his readers on a rollicking ride far beyond that beaten tourist path Wherever he goes he finds Australians who are cheerful extroverted and unfailingly obliging and these beaming products of land with clean safe cities cold beer and constant sunshine fill the pages of this wonderful book Australia is an immense and fortunate land and it has found in Bill Bryson its perfect guid. As expected this was a mix of fun facts and a companion travel piece Being Australian I m sure I enjoyed this than the average non Australian reader but I could see that some parts especially the parts apart about politics and cricket could bore a few readers who aren t already familiar with our peculiar sports and politicians I enjoyed the read and found it fun when injected with Bryson s humourous anecdotes along the way I also realised how very little I ve seen of my own ridiculously large country Makes me want to pack up the car and go for a road trip and see something other than the East Coast of Australia and the main cities It s always a shame when tourists see of my own country than I have

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A CLASSIC FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ONE SUMMER Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door memorable travel literature threatens to break out His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime national bestseller A Walk in the Woods In A Sunburned Country is his report on what he found in an entirely different place Australia the country that doubles as a continent and a place with. Bill Bryson never seems to use the same approach to each of his books Is this book going to be snarky Bill Is this going to be funny Bill Is this going to be funny yet informative Bill Is this going to be snarky yet informative Bill I could go on but my hands would start to cramp up with the unlimited combinationsThis one is reverential informative and mostly self effacing humor Bill Bill loves Australians but he hates the fact that the country is over run with hordes of killer species and there s a big hot assed desert in the middle of the continentAustralians are lovely people The one s I ve known were incredibly friendly and generous I worked with a couple who were touring the United States and working at odd jobs along the way When they were leaving they gave me their contact information and invited me to visit at any time If they are reading this my family will be down under in a week or so and plan to stay for about a month We don t eat much beyond shrimp and steak and don t wish to try vegemite so thanks and keep that stuff to yourself So good onya mates and crikey and stuffAlthough it s a topic that needs examining Bryson s writing on the treatment of Aborigines seems out of place and shrill compared with the Australian lovefest and repeated warnings about deadly jelly fish killer spiders and gun toting snakesThis was a buddy read with la doyenne of non fiction buddy reads Le Trish


10 thoughts on “Down Under

  1. says:

    Lovely little adventure a la Bill Bryson No one knows incidentally why Australia's spiders are so extravagantly toxic; capturing small insects and injecting them with enough poison to drop a horse would appear to be the most literal case of overkill Still it does mean that everyone gives them lots of space What an absolutely stunning endorsement As with his other traveling books Bill Bryson hip hops his way across a cou

  2. says:

    I love Bill Bryson Yep it's a full blown one sided bromance Bryson could write a book about the history of the individual rooms within the typical house and I would love it he did and I did So when I discovered he'd written

  3. says:

    Bill Bryson never seems to use the same approach to each of his books Is this book going to be snarky Bill? Is this going to be funn

  4. says:

    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 574 pages While many of the scientific discoveries outlined in the book were a little beyond me I thoroughly enjoyed Bryson's descriptions of the larger than life personalities behind the discoveries which really brought the scien

  5. says:

    Ok First of all I'm here to tell you that non fiction is normally not my bag I think I got this book because I forgot to send in the do not send notice in a book club That said I'm soooo happy that I didn't and I made myself read this OMG 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 This is a book about Bryson's trips I believe he combines a few t

  6. says:

    I love Australia even though I have never been there It has amazing wilderness and is the setting of beautiful movies; it exports talented actors actresses and directors; it has that Great Barrier Reef thingy which is apparently so wonderful that is is a Natural Wonder of the World; and it is home to the stunning Sydney Opera House And oh yeah Aussies gave us UGGs So we have a lot to thank them forBill Bryson also loved Australia so much s

  7. says:

    Whatever subject Bill Bryson writes abouthe has the ability to turn it into first class entertainmentThis book was all the enjoyable for meas it brought back memories of the year I spent in Australiaa country I became very fond of With a country like Australiawhich is known as the land down underwith its inverted seasonsuniue wild life and history of convict settlementBryson never lacks for materialHe visits

  8. says:

    Having travelled briefly through parts of ueensland and New South Wales several years ago I'd been waiting to catch up with Bryson's book ever

  9. says:

    As expected this was a mix of fun facts and a companion travel piece Being Australian I’m sure I enjoyed this than the average non Australian reader but I could see that some parts especially the parts apart abo

  10. says:

    Bill Bryson is on a short list of go to writers when I need a thoughtful but not too taxing book His travel works seem to follow the Bryson formula1 Bryson travels around a country and gets drunk in hotel bars2 Bryson gets pissed off