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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Aussie also has the deadliest spider – the funnel web spider which burrows in the ground and is known for coming out and biting at toes. Bryson employed his usual humor in this travelogue, and numerous sections had me laughing out loud, sometimes sunnurned so.

Let me count the ways Nevertheless, these are rather small quibbles with what is otherwise a really interesting text. That pet peeve aside, I was constantly amused during this book by the way that Bryson seemed to regard the Australians he met as an entirely different species — whether describing them as merely quirky or “as mad as cut snakes”, the strangest attributes of their culture were the ones which were simply the least American like watching cricket or having a Parliamentary system of government with a Governor General and again I was ni of how compatible my friend and I were with the Australian we met in Paris.

Like most Americans, I have never really given much thought to Bil.

So, when I discovered he’d written about his experiences while traveling Australia, I knew I’d found my next good read! I just KNEW this would be fun. Bryson and his guide, Deirdre, were boogie boarding at Freshwater Beach near Manly, when Deirdre suddenly grabbed Bryson’s arm and stopped him from advancing toward the “bluey,” as Deirdre called it.

It can be lethal, but it’s always incredibly painful, they are in shallow water sometimes and it’s easy to tread on one without knowing what you’re countyr. Bryson gets pissed off at rude and stupid people but is usually forgiving and self-depreciating.


There brysno a couple of things that I probably should mention that come out of this brgson though, the first being the explorers. He wraps it up so well in his quote: This was my first book by Bill Bryson as well as a great, educating read! This is a place so inert that even the soil is, technically speaking, a fossil. Only Bilp is more hostile to life. The rest of this section is devoted to the author’s account of what he considers to be Civilized Australia.

Yep, it’s a full-blown, one-sided bromance.

In a Sunburned Country

As Ocuntry continued to read on in this book, I came to a comment that he made that struck me as odd because it really applied to the first half of this book, and so I will capitalize which part does: I liked In a Sunburned Country and I don’t want to downplay Bryson’s snburned work and excellent narratives.

If he was going to cover this social concern, he needed to devote some real time to it, not just passing shots. Bryson makes travel writing look easy but I don’t undervalue his talent.

Bryson balances mundane details Bill Bryson is on a short-list of go-to writers when I need a thoughtful but not too taxing book. It’s not often where you laugh out loud during a non fiction novel, but his are usually littered with golden moments that make you smile. Uncomfortable is such an understatement and such a show of how the Aussies view things differently. Australia has countless ways to kill a person, what with all its deadly animals, so there’s plenty of opportunity for hair-raising hilarity, especially considering Bryson’s the sort of guy who could get himself savaged billl a hedgehog.

There are so many reasons this sunnburned just wrong. Inspired by Your Browsing History. In fact you cannot arrive in Australia without seeing an image of Uluru. The coountry also supplies plenty of humor in the form of historical accounts of early explorers and settlers of Australia.

The entire middle section of Australia is mostly uninhabited, with the wild outback remaining mostly untouched. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Sep 01, Pages Buy. It was not a labor to pick up this book, and that is no small thing.


We meet quirky characters and Australian wildlife galore – from the poisonous snakes to the brutal kookaburra Incidentally, did you know that the kookaburra likes to bash its prey until their bones have been pulverized?

Nov 08, Jessaka rated it it was ok Shelves: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Then when the teenagers inevitably tell him where the closest McDonald’s or whatever is they’re fucking teenagers, what did you expect?

It houses beyond a shadow of a doubt the world’s most interesting flora and fauna, including twelve-foot earthworms and living fossils.

Cohntry for telling us about the problem. He spends page after page hammering home the extent to which Australia is huge, vast, empty, and to a large extent unexplored. In a Sunburned Country is a 4 Star, mostly humorous, romp through Australia. In the end, he shares a very appealing and attractive country and culture with us.

IN A SUNBURNED COUNTRY by Bill Bryson | Kirkus Reviews

May 15, Pages. I also had no earthly idea that Australia is so enormous. Bryson delivers with In a Sunburned Country.

Also, Dountry Bryson is a funny bastard, and in a really genuine way; I mean, he’s not trying to be funny at all costs, it’s just the way he is, and that’s why this book is so pleasant. Sep 01, Pages. Along with Bryson’s familiar humor, he manages to capture the vastness of the land, the people, the d In a Sunburned Country is what it is.

He lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire.


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. It’s not uncommon for Australias temperature to get into the 40’s C’s F in certain locations – so going hiking in the summer can be a deadly trek. It was just fantastic.

From belly laughs to joy, from horror to disbelief….