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Maybe some people just don't get it
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posted by Jarnet on October 3, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 4, 2002
Has he ever been to any of these places?
Not only was this book mean spirited, as has bee noted already, I have issues as to whether Bryson had even been in most of these places. I have lived in Iowa, Illinois, Nevada, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Places such as Mount Pleasant and Keokuk, Iowa, were grossly misrepresented by Bryson. Carbondale, Illinois, is not just a strip of hotels and fast food as he says. He doen't seem to grasp the highway concept. The town does not resat on the highway, those are just facilities for the people who do wish to go into town. It is a college town for God's sake, you think he woul have found that out. Worst of all, the road he travels between Columbus and Tupelo, Mississippi, which he describes as being covered with run down shacks with black people sitting on the porch is false. I have driven that road many times in my life, from the time before he wrote this book to last week, and it just isn't there. Nobody lives on that road or has in my lifetime. It is tree lined and nice and enjoyable. There are many other gross minrepresentations and out and out lies in this book. Bryson is obviously just pandering to what people expect out of these places instead of actually going there and reporting the truth himself.
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Posted March 13, 2012
Posted January 20, 2004
Grouch on the Move
This is my first Bryson book and I was appalled at the perspective, not being able to imagine someone enjoying it. As a take on small-towns or America in general it's completely mean-spirited. Place after place is boring, tourists are fat and ugly, sequoias look silly, tourists are still fat and ugly, etc. I don't know why a book about not enjoying traveling or discovering anything along the way even qualifies as a travel book. It'll be a while before I look at anything else he's written.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 13, 2010
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