In A Sunburned Country

Bryson, Bill (Book - 2000 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
In A Sunburned Country

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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.
Authors: Bryson, Bill
Title: In a sunburned country
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 2000
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: x, 307 p. : maps ; 25 cm
ISBN: 0767903854
Branch Call Number: 919.4 Br
Statement of Responsibility: by Bill Bryson
Bibliography: Bibliography: p. 305-307
Subject Headings: Australia Description and travel Bryson, Bill Travel Australia
LCCN: 00025566
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I have no plans to go to Australia (I wish), just happen to pick it up off a family members coffee table...and could not put it down. I laughed throughout
and learned a ton. Most importantly I was entertained on my long bus rides:) I am now a Bryson fan and am on to the next...perhaps his African journey. *Highly recommended.

I loved this book. Read it just before travelling to Australia - its full of anecdotes, history, and travel information. Well written and humerous. Recommend it to anyone planning to travel down under.

Feb 23, 2012
  • bmetcalf64 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Loved this book. I knew next to nothing about Australia. Now I know there are lots of poisonous and dangerous things, and that it's little explored and vast. Well, and a lot more besides. It's my first book by Bryson. I will definitely seek out more of his stuff.

Apr 26, 2011
  • brendanjon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my favorite all time books, it makes me want to move to Australia.

Oct 12, 2010
  • melbl8tr rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Delightful account of one man's visit to a country very much NOT like his own.

Sep 25, 2010
  • neonbacalao rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Even if you have no plans to go to Australia anytime soon, this is a great read. It's especially good for if you're going on a plane trip soon and you don't want anyone to talk to you because you will be laughing like a maniac through almost the whole book. Funniest travel book ever!

Aug 11, 2009
  • tegan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very funny. Bill Bryson always makes me laugh out loud.


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