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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 1 people found this review helpful.

The Bush

Humorous and interesting if you plan on doing a similar trip. Great fun on his take of the local people. A little long but enjoyed what I read.

posted by Chocks on February 21, 2012

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  • Posted February 21, 2012

    The Bush

    Humorous and interesting if you plan on doing a similar trip.
    Great fun on his take of the local people.
    A little long but enjoyed what I read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    Good travelogue re Australia but not typical "Bryson funny"

    If I were going to Australia, I would want to read this book prior to leaving. However, I got a bit bored with it--and I adore Bryson--and did not finish reading it because of that.

    Would not recommend this if you are looking to be entertained and looking for Bryson's wonderful humor. It is in there but not as much as his other books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2001

    What Happened?

    I enjoyed the book, but it was a let down. After reading A Walk in the Woods, I expected so much more. Better luck next time, Bill.

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