Down Under: Travels in a Sunburned Country (Bryson Book 6)

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Down Under: Travels in a Sunburned Country (Bryson Book 6)

Down Under: Travels in a Sunburned Country (Bryson Book 6)

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I don’t think I will ever again be on my travels, up against an infuriating person, circumstance or chain of events, without wondering what Bill Bryson would make of this. The world those first Englishmen found was famously inverted-- its seasons back to front, its constellations upside down--and unlike anything any of them had seen before even in the near latitudes of the Pacific. Leaving no Vegemite unsavored, listeners will accompany Bryson as he dodges jellyfish while learning to surf at Bondi Beach, discovers a fish that can climb trees, dehydrates in deserts where temperatures leap to 140 degrees F, and tells the true story of the rejected Danish architect who designed the Sydney Opera House. Despite the fact that Australia harbors more things that can kill you in extremely nasty ways than anywhere else, including sharks, crocodiles, snakes, even riptides and deserts, Bill Bryson adores the place, and he takes his readers on a rollicking ride far beyond that beaten tourist path.

If you are not stung or pronged to death in some unexpected manner, you may be fatally chomped by sharks or crocodiles, or carried helplessly out to sea by irresistible currents, or left to stagger to an unhappy death in the baking outback. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. The people are cheerful, extrovert, quick-witted and unfailingly obliging: their cities are safe and clean and nearly always built on water; the food is excellent; the beer is cold and the sun nearly always shines.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. These are Bryson's two best books because they sprang from a powerful sense of identity that gave them a shape. Put in the crudest terms, Australia was slightly more important to us in 1997 than bananas, but not nearly as important as ice cream.

Bill Bryson ’s bestselling travel books include The Lost Continent and Notes from a Small Island , which in a national poll was voted the book that best represents Britain. Ignoring such dangers - and yet curiously obsessed by them - Bill Bryson journeyed to Australia and promptly fell in love with the country. We use Google Analytics to see what pages are most visited, and where in the world visitors are visiting from. I am thus able to report that the following are all real places: Wee Waa, Poowons, Borrumbuttock, Suggan Buggan, Boomahnoomoonah, Waaia, Mullumbimby Ewylamartup, Jiggalong, and the supremely satisfying Tittybong.This book shows its roots - in a colour supplement commissioned by The Mail On Sunday, padded out with some A-level history and lots of twee observations of a country crossed at speed. Terence Blacker, in the Sunday Times, was more temperate, but still dismissed the book as a hack job: "For someone about to visit Australia, Down Under presents a perfect, accessible introduction to the country, its history and its people. Consider just one of those stories that did make it into the Times in 1997, though buried away in the odd-sock drawer of Section C. This is a country that loses a prime minister and that is so vast and empty that a band of amateur enthusiasts could conceivably set off the world's first nongovernmental atomic bomb on its mainland and almost four years would pass before anyone noticed. Accessoirement je vous dirais bien de lire ce roman de Cordwainer Smith : " NORSTRILIA " qui traite de l'Australie .

Bryson is very definitely upper middle class but it is that ability to be Everyman; see what we all see and yet articulate it in a way we cannot; that makes his writing so successful. Coming from Des Moines, Iowa – because, as he notes, ‘somebody had to’ – bestselling Anglo-American author Bill Bryson has won over a legion of readers with his books which comprise travelogues, memoirs and popular works of history and science. Its population, just over 18 million, is small by world standards--China grows by a larger amount each year--and its place in the world economy is consequently peripheral; as an economic entity, it ranks about level with Illinois. Events, how people look and what they say are recorded faithfully and with master of observation Bill Bryson's wonderful facility for making you laugh out loud, there are plenty of reasons for doing so. Illustrated dustwrapper very slightly worn at edges (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film).Bryson dishes out praise and derision in roughly equal measure, so that he comes across as neither overly effusive or curmudgeonly, but it often both, sometimes within the space of a sentence or two. He gives a totally new complexion to the concept of ‘hard luck’, ‘missing out’, or ‘arriving too late’. These are interspersed with occasional excursions into the history, geography, politics or scientific facts and curiosities about particular places. Nonetheless, Bryson has on several occasions embarked on seemingly endless flights bound for a land where Little Debbies are scarce but insects are abundant (up to 220,000 species of them), not to mention crocodiles. Facts, figures, history, extent and division of territories, flora and fauna; how they look, how deadly or how tame they are, and how many of them exist, will stir exciting memories for those who have been Down Under and paint a precise picture in the mind for those who haven't.

Never mind that Captain Cook didn't discover Australia and that he wasn't even yet a captain at the time of his visit. It separately emerged that Aum had recruited into its ranks two nuclear engineers from the former Soviet Union. The problem is that, after a few pages, one finds oneself looking forward to the moments when Bryson takes us back to the library. The seismograph traces didn't fit the profile for an earthquake or mining explosion, and anyway the blast was 170 times more powerful than the most powerful mining explosion ever recorded in Western Australia.

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