In A Sunburned Country

In A Sunburned Country

Book - 2001 | Anchor Canada paperback edition.
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"It is the driest, flattest, hottest, most desiccated, infertile and climatically aggressive of all the inhabited continents and still Australia teems with life – a large portion of it quite deadly. In fact, Australia has more things that can kill you in a very nasty way than anywhere else. Ignoring such dangers – and yet curiously obsessed by them – Bill Bryson journeyed to Australia and promptly fell in love with the country. And who can blame him? 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. Life doesn’t get much better than this…"--
Publisher: [Toronto] : Anchor Canada, 2001.
Edition: Anchor Canada paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2001
ISBN: 9780385259415
Branch Call Number: 919.4 BRYSO
Characteristics: 360 pages : map ; 20 cm


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May 13, 2020

It's perfect! I love Bryson's writing style. He's so informative and inquisitive, yet easy to read. I learned so much about Australia. What an incredibly unique country and continent. I plan to keep reading more of his books.

Jan 30, 2020

This book was a little disappointing. I'd previously only read 'A Walk in the Woods' by this author, and thought it was excellent, funny and informative, and was hoping for another homerun from Bryson. I found that this book lacked the humour of his earlier novel and was a much less compelling read. While Bryson offers much useful information and trivia notes about Australia and it's history, culture and wildlife population it lacked that witty engaging style that separates his delivery of information from any that you can get at a tourism centre.

May 17, 2019

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This book follows Bill Bryson’s travels across Australia. He stops at several major cities and makes his way through the Outback, visiting both well-known and long-forgotten points of interest. Along the way, he recites wonderful bits of history, painting a vivid picture of the country. It is laugh-out-loud hilarious, brutally honest, and will make you want to plan a visit to see it all for yourself. (submitted by CT)

Hillsboro_RobP Oct 22, 2018

Bryson weaves in plenty of history, biology, and humor in his travel narrative that has officially made me afraid of crocodiles and any snake I find in Australia.

SCL_BethZ Jul 06, 2018

A great armchair travel book. Our staff brought it to a read-aloud program for seniors and the selections we read generated lots of interest and discussion. It's getting to be a bit out of date, but still a lovely read.

Jun 06, 2018

A bit out of date, but worth a read nonetheless. It's very funny, I found myself laughing out loud at various points in the book. I learned a lot about Australia too. Bryson weaves history, facts and stats effortlessly into this entertaining travelogue.

SPPL_János Mar 21, 2018

Bryson tackles Australia with wit and wonder, musing on its bounty of poisonous animals, its utopian chumminess, its addled explorers, the inexplicability of cricket, and its delightful inhabitants. Quite possibly his most enjoyable book yet.

Jan 31, 2018

If you like Bryson, you'll enjoy this one. He keeps his readers laughing while venturing to a new and, in this case, very far off lands. While he can get dramatic at time (no Bill, you will not die of shark attack nor snake bite) he weaves historical events and odd interactions so wonderfully into his journeys - without having to take a 15 hour plane ride.

Jul 31, 2017

Great Bryson. Not as crabby as he is in later books. He does a great job balancing travel narrative, personal experience, and historical connections. Definitely worth your time to read it.

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On television the green of the House of Representatives has a decidedly bilious look, as if the members are debating inside someone's pancreas.....

Sep 10, 2014

Nervously I quickened my pace. Dogs don't like me. It is a simple law of the universe, like gravity. I am not exaggerating when I say that I have never passed a dog that didn't act as if it thought I was about to take its Alpo. Dogs that have not moved from the sofa in years will, at the sniff of me passing outside, rise in fury and hurl themselves at shut windows. I have seen tiny dogs, no bigger than a fluffy slipper, jerk little old ladies off their feet and drag them over open ground in a quest to get at my blood and sinew. Every dog on the face of the earth wants me dead.

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