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Jul 05, Minutes Buy. Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. This time in Australia. His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime national bestseller A Walk in the Woods. In A Sunburned Country is his report on what he found in an entirely different place: Australia, the country that doubles as a continent, and a place with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet.

The result is a deliciously funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance by a writer who combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiousity. Despite the fact that Australia harbors more things that can kill you in extremely nasty ways than anywhere else, including sharks, crocodiles, snakes, even riptides and deserts, Bill Bryson adores the place, and he takes his readers on a rollicking ride far beyond that beaten tourist path. 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.

Australia is an immense and fortunate land, and it has found in Bill Bryson its perfect guide. He was… More about Bill Bryson. Read An Excerpt. Add to Cart. Also available from:. Available from:. Paperback —. Audiobook Download. About In a Sunburned Country Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. Also by Bill Bryson. Product Details. Inspired by Your Browsing History.

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In a Sunburned Country

Pick up the key ideas in the book with this quick summary. Imagine a country so vast the commute between two major cities takes days rather than hours! Where a group of people could buy half a million acres of land and carry out secret bomb tests without anyone noticing…. In a Sunburned Country recounts his time traveling the country from north to south and east to west.


Review: "In a Sunburned Country" by Bill Bryson

Fortunately, the lack of pizza was compensated for with free beer complements of Irv and John , which helped lubricate the conversation. About Bryson's book: this is a cleverly written travelogue about Australia, punctuated with lots of local and obscure Australian history, almost all of it interesting. Several folks thought the book would have benefited with the addition of better, more extensive maps and pictures. As above, more maps and pictures would have been helpful to orient the reader since Bryson was constantly on the move. We all really appreciated the history snippets. One in particular about an early Australian aviator who was the first to fly across the Pacific Ocean, fly east to west across the Atlantic, etc. He seemed to dwell on these a lot.


In a Sunburned Country Summary and Review

Down Under is the British title of a travelogue book about Australia written by best-selling travel writer Bill Bryson. Bill Bryson describes his travels by railway and car throughout Australia, his conversations with people in all walks of life about the history , geography , unusual plants and animals of the country, and his wry impressions of the life, culture and amenities or lack thereof in each locality. In a style similar to his book A Walk in the Woods , or William Least Heat-Moon's Blue Highways , Bryson's research enabled him to include many stories about Australia's 19th-century explorers and settlers who suffered extreme deprivations, as well as details about its natural resources, culture, and economy. His writings are intertwined with recurring humorous themes.

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