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Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted. Down Under is the British title of a 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. In a Sunburned Country By BILL BRYSON Broadway. Read the Review But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On my first visit, some.

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He managed to combine important historical information about the continent’s discovery and colonization with chuckle-worthy stories of him freaking out on land and in the water alike. They could have tried to join our conversation and correct anything we got wrong but they dropped a bomb and moved on. I was smiling madly by the middle of the first page–at page 17 I was giggling.

Luckily, no serious harm was done. Published May 15th by Broadway Books first published Countryy 18th Better yet, read it for yourself and you’ll discover your own reasons to love it. What’s neat about Australias outback is since it’s largely untouched, and since the continent doesn’t have much in the way of geological activity – no volcanoes or things like that – the fossil records are wonderful. He also avoids the cliches, never once mentioning vegemite or Men at Work.

I would say that Bryson traveled all over the country, but the thing is that Australia is so huge, and there is so much here to explore, whether it be the struggles sunburneed the early explorers and colonists, or sunburnee the natural beauty, that it would be impossible to do in a couple of trips, and from what I gathered from the book he was here for quite a while which suggests that his wife must be very supportive of him going off and gallivanting around the world.

Jul 20, Tiffany rated it really liked it. He provides background information on events of which few non-Australians will have heard such as the fact that a nuclear bomb may have been detonated in the outback without anyone noticing, and that an Australian Prime Minister once vanished, never to be seen againwaxes lyrical on trees and animals sunurned bizarre that you’ll want to hop on the first plane to Australia to check them out for yourself again, kangaroos are only the beginningexplains why coubtry should go and see Ayers Rock even if you’ve already seen hundreds of photos of it, and intersperses all this useful information with a winning combination of self-deprecating humour, bizarre anecdotes, absurd dialogue and entertaining accounts of encounters with fellow travellers and locals.


Is this going to be counhry, yet informative Bill?

Maybe one day you will, too. I had put the book down about 4 times in my own travels through it, but then it picked up some.

In a Sunburned Country

He settled in England inand worked in journalism until he became a full time writer. Add to Cart Add to Cart. You expect and get a look at modern Australia, its UK-convict days, Sydney and other cities, the bush, the outback, and the plight, trials and importance of the aborigines. View all 6 comments. He also has quite a lot to say about Australians: But he would also wax rhapsodic about how amazing the land was: Bryson balances mundane sunburnex Bill Bryson is on a short-list of go-to writers when I need a thoughtful but not too taxing book.

In his last book, he turned his attention to science. He gives us plenty of reasons why through the book–the wide spaces, the unique natural wonders, the friendly and optimistic people he meets.

Oct 20, Helene Jeppesen rated it really liked it. Him going to Australia If I have any complaint about Down Underit is that there is too little of it. I had no choice; I had to give this five stars. I wish he had done more travelling, gone further into the interior of the country and left all traces of luxury behind him for a while, so as to emulate the pioneers and sunbuned whose exploits he relates with such gusto.

Bill Bryson never seems to use the same approach to each of his books.

Down Under (book) – Wikipedia

Instead of being so freaking excited that he’s going to see some amazing sea creatures and plants, he whines about the “dangers” of rip tides, sharks, and poisonous jellyfish. Read it Forward Read it first. Bryson visited several towns with less than residents and asked them what it is that lured them there and then kept them there despite the harsh environment.


The shore rip runs south to north, unlike the rip further out which runs north to south. Bill Bryson is on a short-list bikl go-to writers when I need a thoughtful but not too taxing book.

View all 5 comments. The reason that I raise this is because in this book Byrson pretty much describe Uluru, a rock of which there is nothing like it in the entire world, and dominates your vision as you approach it, rising like a lone monolith in an empty desert, literally defines Australia.

Very funny in his own quirky way.

I already have 2 other books by Bill Bryson on hold at the library because this is definitely an author I’m curious to get much more familiar with. I would give In a Sunburned Country 3. This page was last edited on 23 Mayat Australia also has a shit ton of things that will kill you, and people have just seemed to have adapted to it and become a tougher sort of person. He even has a friend come with him for part of the trip, which added a little spice to his generally solo travels.

This panicky assessment took place over the course of perhaps three seconds, then my mask and snorkel filled with water and I started choking. It is stable and peaceful and good. I doubt anyone can read this book without wishing to book a flight to Oz immediately afterwards. This was my first book by Bill Bryson as well as a great, educating read! Bryson’s few stories about Australia’s Aboriginal peoples were fascinating — so often overlooked, these original inhabitants likely sailed to Australia ages ago tens of thousands of years before any other peoples were braving the seas with a viable breeding community and eked out a living in one of the most inhospitable landscapes on Earth, giving them the longest continuous culture in the history of the world.

He lives… More about Bill Bryson. Somehow they managed to make it work – Bryson stated that he feels the negative view of starting out as a penal colony shouldn’t be as stigmatized as it is.