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ISBN: 0767903854
Author: Bill Bryson
Language: English
Publisher: Broadway; 1st edition (June 6, 2000)
Pages: 304
Category: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
Subcategory: Reference
Rating: 4.1
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I read this book while lying on the beach in the South Pacific. At times, (and much to the dismay of people around me) I had to put it down to laugh out loud. Many sections I have read again and again when I need a good chuckle.

I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains . I have never before felt like thanking an entire nation for helping me write a book, but I have never before received more generous and spontaneous assistance from a greater variety of people than I did Down Under. So thank you, Australia.

I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding plains. I wish to express my particular gratitude to Alan Howe, Carmel Egan, Allan Sherwin and Deirdre Macken for their astute observations and sporting participation in what follows.

In a Sunburned Country book. 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, A CLASSIC FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ONE SUMMER.

Down Under is the British title of a 2000 travelogue book about Australia written by best-selling travel writer Bill Bryson. In the United States and Canada it was published titled In a Sunburned Country, a title taken from the famous Australian poem, "My Country". It was also published as part of Walk About, which included Down Under and another of Bryson's books, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, in one volume.

In a Sunburned Country. This highly entertaining BBC Radio 4 series is written and presented by Bill Bryson and based on his bestselling book, 'Mother Tongue'

In a Sunburned Country. This highly entertaining BBC Radio 4 series is written and presented by Bill Bryson and based on his bestselling book, 'Mother Tongue'. In it he romps through the history of Britain to reveal how English became such an infuriatingly complex – but ultima. The Best American Travel Writing 2000.

Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them. 1. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. AKA Downunder Bill Bryson follows his Appalachian amble, A Walk in the Woods, with the story of his exploits in Australia, where A-bombs go off unnoticed, prime ministers disappear into the surf, and cheery citizens coexist with the world's deadliest creatures: toxic caterpillars, aggressive seashells, crocodiles, sharks, snakes, and the deadliest of them all, the dreaded box jellyfish.

бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. Deliciously funny, fact-filled and adventurous, In a Sunburned Country takes us on a grand tour of Australia

бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. Deliciously funny, fact-filled and adventurous, In a Sunburned Country takes us on a grand tour of Australia. It's a place where interesting things happen all the time, from a Prime Minister lost yes, lost while swimming at sea, to Japanese cult members who may (entirely unnoticed) have set off an atomic bomb on their 500,000 acre property in the great western desert. Australia is the only island that is also a continent, and the only continent that is also a country. Its aboriginal people, a remote and mysterious race with a tragic history, have made.

Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break ou.

Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. This time in Australia. 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 the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet.

Books by Author Bill Bryson. The book Notes from a Small Island was voted as the best book that best represents Britain, in a national poll among other awards

Books by Author Bill Bryson. The book Notes from a Small Island was voted as the best book that best represents Britain, in a national poll among other awards. One of his travel books, A Walk in the Woods has been made into a movie starring Robert Redford who played Bryson, Emma Thompson and Nick Nolte (costing as Katz). Bill Holderman wrote the final screenplay of the film that was originally drafted by Amicalola Falls.

Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion up, down, and over the Appalachian Trail (well, most of it) resulted in the sublime national bestseller A Walk in the Woods. Now he has traveled across the world and all the way Down Under to Australia, a shockingly under-discovered country with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet. In a Sunburned Country is his report on what he found there--a deliciously funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance by a writer who combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity.Australia is a country that exists on a vast scale. It is the only island that is also a continent and the only continent that is also a country. Despite being the most desiccated, infertile, and climatically aggressive of all inhabited continents, it teems with life. In fact, Australia has more things that can kill you in extremely nasty ways than anywhere else: sharks, crocodiles, the ten most deadly poisonous snakes on the planet, fluffy yet toxic caterpillars, seashells that actually attack you, and the unbelievable box jellyfish (don't ask). The dangerous riptides of the sea and the sun-baked wastes of the outback both lie in wait for the unwary. It's one tough country.Bill Bryson adores it, of course, and he takes his readers on a rollicking ride far beyond the beaten tourist path. Here is a place where interesting things happen all the time, from a Prime Minister lost--yes, lost--while swimming at sea to Japanese cult members who may have set off an atomic bomb (sic) entirely unnoticed on their 500,000-acre property in the great western desert.Wherever he goes (and Bryson goes just about everywhere) he finds Australians who are cheerful, extroverted, and unfailingly obliging--the beaming products of a land with clean, safe cities, cold beer, and constant sunshine. On occasion the Aborigines, a remote and mysterious race with a tragic history, make a haunting appearance in this book. But by and large Australia is an immense and fortunate land, and it has found in Bill Bryson its perfect guide. Published just in time for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, In a Sunburned Country offers the best of all possible introductions to what may well be the best of all possible nations. Even with those jellyfish.

Comments:

Anarawield
A little voice in the head of Bill Bryson presented appeals to hiking the AT when he initially came across it - getting fit, improve his wilderness skills, get to know the country he had been away from for 20 years, and giving him some 'street cred' at the Four Aces Diner when all the guys started to talk. While the allure of the trail for him was a bit different than the little voice presented for me, it was still there. Another difference? He actually set about to do it. Sort of.

What Byrson actually did was mention to a few different people that he was planning to do it. Then he did research into it and realized what he had actually gotten himself into. Of course, he could not back down now. He had already told everyone, including his publisher, that he was going to do this. So that is what he set out to actually do. A Walk In The Woods follows his journey from the first concept through to the end reflections.

If you are looking for a guide to hiking the Appalachian Trail, a step by step guide to preparing and hiking through, then this is not the book for you. If, however, you are looking for a true account of an average guy, someone who does not spend his weekends hiking a 100 miles in all sorts of weather while foraging for wild plants to eat, then you have stopped at the right place.

Every step of the way Bill gives a realistic, and humorous, account of his experiences and conclusions.

For example, more than once his hiking partner grew frustrated and chucked portions of their food and supplies off into the woods, leaving them to eat noodles for days. Given that noodles was about the only thing either of them knew how to cook, at least they were already resigned to a non-varied trail diet. The loss of cookies, jerky and canned meat during these fits, though, was felt all the more. Bill seemed to sort of shrug it off, resigning himself to the new reality. I am not so sure I would have reacted as calmly to these particular episodes as Bill did. Maybe that is what makes him a better fit for writing this book than I would. His ability to kind of roll with things, seeing the humor in them, meant he was able to keep going.

As Bill and his hiking partner worked their way along the trail, having to actually leave it a few times due to previously scheduled engagements, I was impressed with how they kept getting up and going. With no real previous preparations, here were two guys hiking a trail that other decades younger were doing and found challenging.

Toward the end of A Walk In The Woods I was sure they were almost to the end of the trail and I was waiting for the big "We Did It!!" conclusion. It never came.

At first, I felt like it had all been a failure. After all the struggles of their hike and my time spent reading this book ... it was supposed to have a happy, wrapped up with a bow on top, ending. Then I thought about it for a few hours and slept on it. The next morning I viewed it a bit differently.

Here were two guys, stepping outside their comfort zones, actually doing what I have dreamt of doing more than once but never even started. They faced personal challenges both physically and mentally, making it out the other side viewing the world around them differently. They learned things about themselves they had not known before. How is that not success?

It really was about the journey, not the destination.

Where I would have had a set plan and freaked out when it did not happen the way I thought it should, Bill stepped back and took another look at them. His ability to think through things and see them from a detached view mean he did not over react and make the trip a horrible one. Yes, it was not a luxury cruise, but it could have been a lot worse.

Whether this attitude was due to writing the book after the fact, or if it is his personality, I am not sure. What I do know is that it made me stop and think more than once about my seriousness to events in life. To reflect on what the purpose really is. Is it the journey or the destination?

The ending of the book could have been more conclusive, rather than an abrupt stop that left me hanging. Perhaps it was done that way on purpose, to make me think. However, it could have been done in a better fashion.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
Leceri
This is the 6th Appalachian Trail book that I have read. My "goal" when reading books on the AT is to read about the experiences... the people they've met, the conditions they've faced, and what obstacles got in their way. I like to hike vicariously through the author, and frequently find myself following along on Googlemaps looking at the overhead view as the story progresses. I especially enjoy reading about their experiences in the parts that I have hiked throughout New York and Connecticut.

In Bill Bryson's book there is very little mention of other hikers. In fact, when it comes to interactions with other people, more is said about the people that he and Katz (his hiking companion) met in the towns that the AT passes through, than is said about the other hikers that he met along the way. This is a book about Bill and his hiking companion. To the best of my knowledge, Bill never even had a trail name. He doesn't finish the trail, and if fact doesn't even do half of the trail. He never touches New York or Connecticut, and quite often you only have a vaugue idea of exactly where he is on the trail as he progresses. He frequently writes about historical events that happened in the areas of the trail that he is on, and spends a little too much time talking about the demise of various trees and animals that have gone extinct in the areas that the AT passes through. Usually this demise is due to the dreaded acid rain.

That said, I rate the book 4 stars. I do so because the "faults" that I listed above are based on the preconceived notion about what I expected to read. I have no right to fault Mr. Bryson for not living up to those notions. Of the 6 AT books I've read, this one is the most well written. Bill is obviously an author that hiked the trail, and not a hiker that wrote a book. There is plenty of historical education in this book, plenty of humor, and even some suspense.

If you are planning to hike the trail and want to read everything you can before heading off, then this book might not be right for you. In fact, it might be detrimental to your hike. To anyone else, I would recommend this book.

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