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

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This seemed doubly astounding to me--first that Australia could just lose a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of this had never reached me.

Just in time for the 2000 Olympics-the bestselling quthor of A Walk in the Woods takes listeners on a truly outrageous tour Down Under. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime national bestseller "A Walk in the Woods. Flying into Australia, I realized with a sigh that I had forgotten again who their prime minister is. Spiky conversations with his English producer friend as they drive to Ayres Rock, the sighting of a rotary clothes-line in the depths of the outback, confrontations with receptionists and waiters, a beer-drinking man at the bar of the Nambucca telling him "Dining room's closed mate.

Wherever he goes he finds Australians who are cheerful, extroverted, and unfailingly obliging, and these beaming products of land with clean, safe cities, cold beer, and constant sunshine fill the pages of this wonderful book.

The most characteristic of them didn't run or lope or canter, but bounced across the landscape, like dropped balls. is top of the hardback bestsellers list; it has just been read on Radio 4; the man can clearly do no wrong.

He gives a totally new complexion to the concept of ‘hard luck’, ‘missing out’, or ‘arriving too late’. The fact is, of course, we pay shamefully scant attention to our dear cousins Down Under--not entirely without reason, of course. Pick up an innocuous cone shell from a Queensland beach, as innocent tourists are all too wont to do, and you will discover that the little fellow inside is not just astoundingly swift and testy but exceedingly venomous. This is, after all, a man who sits through the capital's promotional tourist video, Canberra - It's Got It All! Not so James Urquhart in the Financial Times: "Down Under exhibits a smoother and more mature humour than previous works.I think my favourite episode in the whole book is when Bill and his increasingly tetchy companion drive around Darwin several times trying to find a hotel whose name is unaccountably different from the name it went by when he booked it. The shock was consistent with a large meteorite strike, but the impact would have blown a crater hundreds of feet in circumference, and no such crater could be found. Bill Bryson's many books include The New York Times bestseller A Walk in the Woods and, most recently, I'm a Stranger Here Myself .

Bryson's books seem so simple - solipsistic narrator, quick tour of country, lots of anecdotes, dash of humour, a few all-embracing conclusions - that some reviewers dismiss the skill with which they are put together. Ignoring such dangers - and yet curiously obsessed by them - Bill Bryson journeyed to Australia and promptly fell in love with the country. Points well made, but just when you thought all was lost she produced a generous conclusion that helps to explain why Bryson gets away with his speed and shapelessness: "Bryson is such an agreeable, warm-hearted and witty companion that I ended up enjoying this book despite its shortcomings. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.I will soon start reading Bill Bryson’s ‘A Walk in the Woods’, which is about the Appalachian Trail, and I have no plans to actually go to the US and do the trail myself! Ignoring such dangers – and yet curiously obsessed by them – Bill Bryson journeyed to Australia and promptly fell in love with the country. and Pamela Harriman, the former ambassador and socialite who died in February 1997, a misfortune that evidently required recording 22 times in the Times. Accessoirement je vous dirais bien de lire ce roman de Cordwainer Smith : " NORSTRILIA " qui traite de l'Australie . However, when Bryson switches his attention to our Antipodean cousins, all of that angst immediately dissipates, and you can sit back and enjoy his particular talent for finding nuanced little stories in among the detritus of life and bringing them to life with his sparkling and witty prose.

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