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In a Sunburned Country

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Red white and funny all over

The first time a read this book I enjoyed it. The second time I read it, a couple of years later after learning a great deal more about Australia from other sources, I loved it. Bill Bryson does not take you to the typical tourist stops. Rather he takes you to many pla...
The first time a read this book I enjoyed it. The second time I read it, a couple of years later after learning a great deal more about Australia from other sources, I loved it. Bill Bryson does not take you to the typical tourist stops. Rather he takes you to many places best avoided, but he explains why in the process. His focus is on odd happenings in history, and quirky people he meets along the way. He is always researching museums and reading local papers to ferret out more little know factoids about the place. He does not spend a lick of time at the Great Barrier Reef except to tell us about the couple that was left there to try to snorkel thirty miles back to shore. They were most likely eaten by sharks as they tried to reach a buoy resting on the other side of a deep channel where the big boys roam. Instead, he takes us to the distant shores of Western Australia, a place so vast that it has never been completely explored, to stare at blobs of matter called stromatolites credited with being the first bits of life in our universe. No matter where we are he always throws in a bit of sly, self-deprecating humor. Fun read chock full of information and insights into the people and the place down under.

posted by www.LindaBallouAuthor.com on September 5, 2011

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

The 2-star rating above just about sums it up ... "it was o

The 2-star rating above just about sums it up ... "it was ok". There were definitely parts of this book that I enjoyed, but for the most part it just bored me to no end. My book club chose it for this month's selection and I'm glad I didn't have to read it aga...
The 2-star rating above just about sums it up ... "it was ok". There were definitely parts of this book that I enjoyed, but for the most part it just bored me to no end. My book club chose it for this month's selection and I'm glad I didn't have to read it again, I just borrowed it from the library to get a quick refresher.

posted by aimlyss on May 13, 2012

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  • Posted May 13, 2012

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    The 2-star rating above just about sums it up ... "it was o

    The 2-star rating above just about sums it up ... "it was ok". There were definitely parts of this book that I enjoyed, but for the most part it just bored me to no end. My book club chose it for this month's selection and I'm glad I didn't have to read it again, I just borrowed it from the library to get a quick refresher.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2000

    Better luck next time

    As an American who lived in Australia and a Bryson fan, I felt quite cheated out of this much anticipated narrative. Though Bryson unveiled some interesting facts about Australia, there was a lack of cohesiveness throughout the book. I was disappointed by his lack of human interaction with the white Australian or Aboriginal populations, and little mention of the burgeoning and successful Asian community, among others. His book smacks of self-righteousness about his exploits and his political point of view. What happened to the Bryson that described his adventurous meals (which can and does happen often in Australia) and actually got to know a city's residents by talking to them instead of reading about them and reporting the secondhand details? It's such a shame, because this book was a missed opportunity. Hopefully Bryson will return to his senses and his good-natured, non-preachy and personable style in his next outing.

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